Trent Frederic has completed his second professional year with the Providence Bruins. It came to an end suddenly last week when the AHL announced that they their season was over due to the Coronavirus outbreak. On a Zoom call with Bruins season ticket holders, Frederic discussed being disappointed about the pandemic ruining what was shaping up to be a good, deep playoff run.
Frederic seems to really like this year’s group of guys, saying that they were a pretty close-knit group . His roommates were the ones he was closest to: Wiley Sherman, Jeremy Lauzon, and his old college teammate, Cameron Hughes.
He was asked several questions are his playing career, especially with the difference between college and professional hockey. He said that in college that it was easier to get ready for a game even if they were tired, that with fewer games per season (35), every game was important. As for AHL and NHL, the main difference is that in the A, with games on the weekends, there is much more time to push himself in the weight room and in practice during the week than in the NHL. He says that his mentality is such that he pushes himself to go hard in his post-collegiate career.
Like many hockey players, he started skating at 3 and started playing at 4. His idols growing up in St. Louis were unsurprisingly Blues players: Keith Tkachuk when he was young and David Backes as he got older. It was through his relationship with the Tkachuks that he was able to meet David Backes.
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He said that it was weird coming back to St. Louis as one of the Black Aces during last year’s Stanley Cup Final run and that most of his friends are still Blues fans. Frederic is currently in St. Louis with his family and is starting to get back on the ice outside of St. Louis to keep training. As for whether or not he’ll be called up again as a Black Ace, he didn’t really confirm or deny that, just stating that he’s included on Zoom calls, that some dates have been thrown around but that he doesn’t know too much yet.
🎥 #NHLBruins prospect Trent Frederic looked back on his second full pro season during a virtual town hall with season ticket holders: “I’m just trying to put it all together and be the best possible player I can be.” pic.twitter.com/Diwv1cJtqw
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