NHL Draft Diaries: Equipment Edition - Trevor Connelly

By Matt Stathopoulos


NHL Draft Diaries: Equipment Edition - Trevor Connelly
In the heart of Orange County, California, a rising star began making waves in the hockey world. Trevor Connelly, a native of Tustin, has emerged as one of the top prospects for the upcoming NHL Draft, capturing the attention of scouts and fans alike with his impressive skills and recent production as a young forward.

Projected to be a mid-first round draft pick, Connelly has garnered attention for his standout performances in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Tri-City Storm. This past season, he lit up the scoresheet with an impressive 78 points in 52 regular-season games, solidifying his status as a top offensive talent in the league.

Connelly’s success has extended beyond the USHL this season. Representing the United States at the U18 Men’s World Championship, he showcased his talent on the international stage, tallying 9 points in 7 games against some of the world’s best competition. His stellar performance in the tournament further bolstered his draft stock and will likely keep him in the minds of NHL teams in need of offensive firepower.

As Connelly prepares to take the next step in his hockey journey, his commitment to play at Providence College adds another layer of intrigue to his story. While the exact timing of his arrival on campus remains uncertain, his potential NHL draft selection could influence his collegiate plans, shaping the trajectory of his hockey career.

In addition to his on-ice prowess, Connelly’s choice of equipment has also become a topic of interest among fans and enthusiasts. While he initially used Bauer sticks during his first season with Tri-City, his breakout performance this past season coincided with a switch to the True Catalyst 9X3. Paired with True’s SVH Custom model skates, Connelly’s equipment choice has proven to be a winning combination.

We must also mention, the remainder of his equipment is all Bauer due to a partnership with the company and the USHL.

Interestingly, Connelly’s partnership with True, evident from his social media presence, suggests a deeper connection to the brand beyond mere sponsorship obligations. The positive results following the switch to True sticks highlight the importance of player comfort and confidence in equipment choices, underscoring the impact of the right gear on performance.

As the NHL Draft approaches, the story of Trevor Connelly is just beginning. With his talent, determination and growing list of accomplishments, he has firmly established himself as a rising star in the hockey world. The team that calls his name in Las Vegas this summer is likely getting a difference-maker. Before his NHL career, though, there is still another other chapter to be written — and the Providence Friars will certainly be excited as the team who will be the focal point of that next chapter.

Photo Credit: Michael Miller/ISI Photos

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