Jordy Trottier’s father and two uncles played in the NHL.
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BOARDMAN — Mahoning Valley Phantoms forward Jordy Trottier is the latest hockey talent to come from the Trottier family of Western Canada.
Trottier’s father and two uncles played in the NHL. His father, Monty, played for the New York Islanders. Rocky Trottier played with the New Jersey Devils, and Bryan Trottier, a NHL Hall of Famer, won six Stanley Cups with the Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins.
Jordy Trottier said, despite all the NHL talent in his family, he came to hockey on his own.
“It’s never been forced on me to play,” said the native of Bozeman, Mont. “A lot of people assume that was the case but it wasn’t.
“I was already gung-ho to play at age 3 after watching hockey for myself because my dad always had games on TV at home or taking me to the rink to watch some high school hockey he was coaching,” Trottier said. “But, between my dad and my uncles, all three have helped mold me into the hockey player that I am today.”
Trottier is part scorer, part special teams ace and part team leader.
Despite this being his first year as a Phantom, Trottier takes the leadership role the most seriously of the three.
He said having spent the last two seasons in the North American Hockey League with the Fargo-Moorhead Jets has prepared him to take the lead when necessary this season.
“I’ve been in the league for three years now,” the winger said, “so I’ve had my fair share of games. I know what to expect night-in and night -out. I have the experience to tell the younger players what to expect.”
Trottier said the NAHL Showcase was where he was able to use that experience to guide the younger Phantoms.
“I can tell them that there may be a lot of schools and pro teams there watching,” Trottier said, “but we still need to stay calm and play our game.
“I always try and help the younger players with whatever they need; they’re always looking for help with something, on or off the ice, and I’m happy to lend a hand as a veteran guy.”
Trottier’s mother, Cathy, is battling breast cancer and he stays in constant contact with her.
“We try and stay positive with it,” he said. “We’re a really tight-knit group in my family; I talk to my mom about four times a day just to chat or to tell her what’s going out here that day.”
He said he draws inspiration from his mother.
“You can see it when you watch me play because I keep pink tape at the top of my stick to support her in the fight she’s going through and let her know that she’s on my mind and that I’m always thinking about her,” he said.
“It also reminds me of the strength and determination that she possesses to keep fighting, to beat it ... those are two things that I want to put into my game every single night. The pink tape reminds me, shift in and shift out.”
Trottiter said his transition into living in the Mahoning Valley has been very smooth.
“I’m living with a really great billet family, Lisa and Tony Malangone in Poland,” he said. “With Youngstown just up the road, you get that cool bigger-city feel. But while I’m around Boardman and Poland, it gives me that nice back-at-home feeling of Bozeman, Montana. I’ve only been here about a month but I’m definitely liking it so far in the Valley.”