This has the makings of being a feel good hockey story.
That is, goalie Trennis Riley has latched on with the Thunder Bay North Stars of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League thanks to the efforts of scout Charly Murray and manager Mark Hebert of the Sault College Cougars varsity men’s team.
The story began earlier this month when Riley, an American who hails from Montana, attended the Sault College men’s hockey tryout camp.
So impressive was the 2003 birth year goalie that the Sault College hockey staff made a commitment to Riley. But a registration mix up resulted in Riley not being able to attend Sault College for the current school year.
In that Riley was focused on playing in Canada this season, Murray and Hebert got to work trying to find the youngster a spot to play junior hockey in Ontario.
“We approached a number of teams in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League but due to them having their camps earlier, most had already secured their goal-tending duos,” Murray began.
“We had much more success contacting teams in the SIJHL, who if they had goalies rostered, they would give us information on teams that might be interested. Anyway, Mark (Hebert) has a close contact with (Thunder Bay head coach) Rob DeGagne and Rob gladly brought Trennis into the fold. Trennis is very excited about this opportunity with the North Stars.
“We have kept our commitment to him at Sault College for next year. His parents, Kari and Ryan, have been very supportive in his choices. Trennis is a very focused and competitive goalie who will do very well for the Thunder Bay North Stars,” added Murray, who prior to taking a scouting position at Sault College, scouted for various junior teams for parts of five decades.