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Trocheck Gravitates To Hockey

Tuesday, 07.31.2012 / 11:46 AM ET / News
By Taylor Dorry  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Trocheck Gravitates To Hockey
Forward Vincent Trocheck (Saginaw Spirit)

Like many hockey players, Vincent Trocheck has always dreamt of one day stepping onto the ice to play for an NHL team. So much in fact that he has devoted his whole life to it.

Trocheck has not only been playing but watching and studying hockey for as long as he can remember. It has helped him build the determination and motivation that make him such a hard worker on the ice.

The five-foot-ten Pittsburgh, PA native is known to be a smart and strategic player with good energy. Those skills helped him get selected by the Panthers early in the third round (64th overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

“It’s going great the two years that I have been here,” said Trocheck during Development Camp at the beginning of July. “Both development camps have been a lot of fun and there is a great group of guys here.”

Trocheck set off to pursue his hockey career when he moved from Pittsburgh to Detroit at the age of 13. From there he was picked up by the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit. Whether or not he would have made it if he had stayed in Pittsburgh was unknown, but it was a chance he had to take.

“When I moved I had a lot of fun in Detroit” said Trocheck. “I thought I developed a lot so I don’t regret any of it.”

Trocheck, who had 85 points in 65 regular season games with the Spirit in 2011-2012 and 11 points in 12 playoff games, has always been in love with the game.

“Hockey IQ is my main asset, my smarts and my hands. I think that comes back to when I was growing up,” said Trocheck.

Trocheck’s father, Vince Trocheck, was an outstanding high school and college baseball player who once thought that his son would follow in his footsteps.

“He would give me baseball bats and stuff like that” said Trocheck. “Then he figured after I started playing hockey with the bat that it was time.”

Nevertheless his family has been his biggest support system and his father never misses a game.

The transition from minors to the OHL was definitely an adjustment for Trocheck but ultimately geared him up for a higher level of competition.

“There were plenty of older guys that were faster and stronger,” said Trocheck.

Getting used to their style of play took some time but Trocheck is not a stranger to working hard. His 23 point increase from his draft year to this past season can attest to that.

“They (OHL) try to mirror as much off of the NHL as they can with the schedule and the traveling,” said the center. “I think it definitely helped me out to get adjusted.”

Trocheck’s journey to becoming a professional hockey player has been challenging and rewarding. It has led him to the Panthers and he couldn’t be happier.

“Looks like we have a really great future, the papers show that we are the number one future NHL team with all of our prospects” said Trocheck. “I’m looking forward to long years here.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 52 17 23 14 40
J. Huberdeau 55 11 29 12 40
J. Jokinen 55 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 55 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 55 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 51 11 13 -3 24
A. Ekblad 51 11 13 19 24
B. Campbell 55 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 40 9 10 -3 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .927 2.23
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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