CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – The Corpus Christi IceRays of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are proud to sign forward Trevor St. Jean from the Ohio Blue Jackets of the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League (T1EHL) to a tender contract for the 2016-17 season. The signing is the third tender over the past two weeks.
“I’m excited,” said St. Jean. “I want to play up to [Coach Becanic’s] standards. How he coaches is how I want to play and how I work. I’m excited for that connection. It’s part of the next step in my path, and I’m ready to play.”
St. Jean, 18, appeared in 16 games with the Ohio Blue Jackets this season, recording seven goals and eight assists for 15 points with 24 penalty minutes, ranking third on the team in scoring and second in goals. During the 2014-15 season, the Findley, Ohio native recorded six goals and 16 assists for 22 points with 41 penalty minutes and a power play through 31 games with the Blue Jackets.
Following his first year in Triple-A midget, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound forward was drafted 157th overall (9th Round) by the Minnesota Magicians in the 2015 NAHL Draft. He contributes much of his growth both on and off the ice to his current coach, Ed Gingher.
“I’ve been with great coaches every year, and I’ve learned more and more. I’ve build a lot of confidence with Coach Gingher over the last two years, and he’s helped me to become not only the player I am but also off-ice.”
The newest IceRays tender is also the son of a former professional hockey player. Dan St. Jean, a native of Quebec, made appearances in three different times with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) before beginning a professional career spanning across four different leagues including the Atlantic Coast Hockey League (ACHL), British Hockey League (BHL) and International Hockey League (IHL). In addition, Dan coached at the professional and collegiate level including with the Toledo Blade (ECHL) and Bowling Green State University (NCAA Division I).
Trevor values the opportunity to have that type of next level experience right in his back pocket.
“Just having a guy who knows what he’s talking about, who’s been there and who’s coached at a top level…I’m always getting good feedback. Sometimes you may not like it because you hear it after every game, but you know in the end it’s because he cares.”
The signing of Trevor St. Jean is the third tender contract turned in over the last two weeks. Forwards Griffin Loughran and Adam Tretowicz of the Buffalo Jr. Sabres U18 signed their agreements to make it now three tenders from the T1EHL.
“We are very excited to have Trevor commit to playing for the IceRays next year,” said IceRays head coach John Becanic. “He plays a 200-pound game and will push others to be better right from the start. It’s been a good couple of weeks as we continue to add quality people and players. [Director of Scouting] Rick Ellison and [scout] Mike Mondoux have done an outstanding job at identifying and recruiting some of the top Tier 1 midget players in the country.”
The IceRays head back on the road on Thursday, Dec. 3 for their second trip to the Ector County Coliseum for the first of a two-game set at 7:05 p.m. against the Odessa Jackalopes. The IceRays return home on Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:11 p.m. against the Amarillo Bulls at the American Bank Center. Contact the IceRays Front Office at 361-814-PUCK or go to www.goicerays.com for details on season tickets along with pricing and seating. In addition, stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/CorpusChristiIceRays), Twitter (@goicerays), YouTube (IceRays TV), Instagram (CorpusChristiIceRays), Vine (@goicerays), and Periscope (@goicerays).