Maine Hockey Journal

Another Fleurent joins Jr. Pirates

The Portland Junior Pirates didn’t have to look very far to land a big fish for the upcoming season as Trevor Fleurent will follow in his brother’s footsteps, joining the Junior A squad for the Jr. Pirates.

A local native from nearby Biddeford, Fleurent was looking for the next challenge in his hockey career and the Junior Pirates provided the perfect fit.

Fleurent’s brother, Tyler, played for the Junior Pirates before joining Brad Holt’s group at the University of New England.

“The Fleurent family has been involved with the Junior Pirates for many years, starting with Tyler and now Brady, who is part of our youth-16 program, said Junior Pirates head coach Brad Church. “The (previous coaching staff) have watched him develop and grow and we’ve got another Fleurent that’s ready to make the jump to our Junior A program.”

Fleurent has had a very successful high school career, scoring 141 points in his high school career including 33 goals, 27 assists last season with Biddeford High School, where he help guide them to a Class A state title.

Fleurent has been recognized as a top player in the state, winning the Travis Roy award, and was named one the American Hockey League’s Future Stars, taking part in the All-Star festivities, which were held in Portland and seen by millions across the United States and Canada.

“He’s had a lot of success in high school hockey and it’s always nice to add someone local who has had the success that he’s had,” said Church. “If he comes in and is willing to learn and to commit himself off the ice and on the ice. We feel that his skill set will allow him an opportunity to create something special for himself.”

The time spent at the All-Star Classic is something that Fleurent will remember for a long time, not only for the experience, but because his time on clock, which beat current Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban.

Church feels that Fleurent can make his own opportunities in the program and has a strong faith in his work ethic, which has been displayed throughout his high school career, but that his success at the high school level isn’t a prerequisite for success at the junior level.

“Our expectations aren’t out of this world for Trevor,” he said “We don’t expect him to lead our team to the promise land. We just expect him to come in and contribute and execute a role within the team and we feel if he does those things he’ll be a successful player.”

****************

Fleurent wasn’t the only local player to join the Junior Pirates as Tom Gildersleeve will make the jump from North Yarmouth Academy to Junior Pirates in the fall. Gildersleeve was captain at North Yarmouth Academy for the past two years under Kent Hulst, who recently joined the Junior Pirates staff.

During Glidersleeve’s three years at North Yarmouth Academy, he scored 34 goals, 53 assists for 87 points in 70 games.

“Tom is a speedy winger with the ability to score,” said Church in a statement. “He also brings strong leadership skills to our team being a captain at NYA for the past 2 seasons while playing for Coach Kent Hulst.”

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply