With the strength of the hockey program that has been built over the course of decades at Trenton High School, there seems to be numerous opportunities to honor the teams of the past that fill out the history books.
Two teams in particular will be the stars of the show on Jan. 6 at the Kennedy Recreation Center. The 1998 and 2008 Trenton High School hockey teams will each be recognized in a ceremony to commemorate their 20th and 10th, respectively, anniversaries of their State Championships.
Shawn Parker, one of the key organizers of the event, noted that a good portion of each of the teams would be on hand.
“I would suspect that we should be getting a majority of each of the teams, which would work out to around 25 or 30 former players,” Parker said.
Starting with a 6:30 reception in the lobby, the event will continue with an on-ice ceremony in the intermission between the first and second period of the game that has the Trojans pitted against the Carlson Marauders.
“There’s nothing too extravagant planned, we’re just planning on having everyone walk onto the ice and we’ll introduce them over the PA then take a couple of group pictures.”
With 14 State Championships in program history, it can be a bit chaotic in terms of getting everyone together and figuring out when to honor each team, which makes the 10th and 20th anniversaries coinciding much more convenient for the players and the organizers.
Having the chance to look back and honor the teams as well as reuniting former teammates has been a major benefit of events such as this one, and Parker said that the ability to catch up with one another has been a big drawing point.
“The feedback that we’ve received to this point in terms of organizing the event has been great,” Parker said. “The guys love to get together so any event we can have to get the former players together is positive.”
Considering the overall success of the program and the culture of winning that surrounds it, it could be easy for the memories of these teams to fall by the wayside as time goes on.
With events such as this one however, the memorable teams of yesteryear will have their time in the spotlight once again, a point that Parker feels can ensure that the historical success of the program is not taken for granted.
“We didn’t honor past teams for a long time and I think maybe we took them a little for granted. It’s positive to honor them and by showcasing our past, it can help inspire current and future players.”