NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX – Forward Trey Greene announced he’ll be playing hockey at the collegiate level this weekend, declaring his commitment to Grand Canyon University.
The first member of the 2015-16 roster to make the advancement official, the Moorhead, Minnesota native is elated for the opportunity.
“I’m absolutely excited. I just visited the school last week and fell in love with it. They were all so very welcoming and that was part of the reason I couldn't say no,” Greene said of his new home.
Brahmas Head Coach Al Rooney seconded the great feeling, remarking, “I am very excited for him and the opportunity to keep playing during his college years. He was a fantastic addition to us this past season and I think GCU has gotten themselves a good player and an even better person.”
Acquired on January 22nd from the Alexandria Blizzard, Greene posted the best production of his junior hockey career with the Brahmas. In 13 regular season games, the 5’11” – 170 lbs. presence concluded with 10 points and +10 ratings.
“Once I came down to Texas my game changed for the better. Coach Al took very good care of us individually and as a team. He improved my game all around. He knew my style of play and was able to play me the way that most benefitted the team and I,” the newest commit said of his time in Brahamaland.
The feeling was mutual though, as Rooney spoke high praises of Greene being the perfect piece to the puzzle. “He was a great fit on our third line with Sam Gagnon and Oliver Hay. There was a lot of transition on our third line throughout the season until we put those three together and they stayed together for much of the remainder of the season. He brought an element of speed and smarts to our lineup that was needed when he arrived. We had just lost Dakota Davis to a season ending injury so he was a much needed addition for us.”
Grand Canyon University is located in Phoenix, Arizona and is a non-profit liberal arts college. The hockey team competes in Division II of the American Collegiate Hockey Association.
Make no mistake though; Trey is excited to get back to the books, not just the ice. “I’m very excited to get back into school. I’m planning on being a sports management major and thinking about minoring in business management. But I am excited to be a part of the first hockey team GCU has. Be a little bit of history and do what I can to help start this program. Being a student athlete isn't easy but I think I am ready to do so again. Overall I think I would be most excited to get back into school as weird as that may sound, but so happy to be able to keep playing as well.”
For Rooney there’s not much that compares to this feeling either, “It's very satisfying, much more so than wins. The real goal of junior hockey is player advancement. So as a coach to see a player take that next step is a rewarding experience. Especially when it's a good fit academically and athletically for the player. It's great to see for any of my boys.”
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