FRASER, Mich. – While the dust has settled on the 2015-16 NA3HL season, the Metro Jets are moving forward and already making moves to start shaping the 2016-17 roster.
One of those early moves was getting a commitment from Anchor Bay High School defenseman Trevor Momot, the Tars’ captain last season.
The Jets graduate David Chavis and Jake Rutkoske to college hockey next season and have a handful of defensemen eligible to return, but Momot has followed the team and knows what he is stepping into.
“I know that the Jets program is a family and the hockey organization gives 100 percent when it comes to everything they do,” Momot said. “I feel that the jump from high school hockey to junior hockey will be interesting, but fun. I know that it will be different, but I am in very good hands with the Jets organization for my development.”
Metro coach-GM Justin Quenneville will be watching Momot closely at the team’s open camp May 6-7 at Fraser Hockeyland.
“Trevor skated with us a few times this year and showed promise with his abilities,” said Quenneville. “He will have some transition growths with us next year, but his intangibles make him an attractive player at our level. He skates well, shoots well and carries his size around the ice really well. Once our staff gets on the ice with him, we feel he could be solid all-around player for us on the back end. He comes here with the right mindset and great character, two things that will give him a leg up on players out of the gates.”
Momot captained Anchor Bay to a regional championship last season and also played travel hockey during his youth days for the Mt. Clemens Wolves and St. Clair Shores Saints.
Now ready to start his junior career, he’s confident in his abilities.
“My strengths are that I know how to slow the play down and make the right outlet pass,” said Momot. “I keep the shot low when I'm on the point and I can use my size and speed to take a lane if I see it is open. I think what I need to work on is using my size (6-foot-2, 175 pounds) to my advantage in our defensive zone.”
And in making the commitment to the Jets, Momot took a moment to reflect on his support team and role models that inspired him to get to this point in his life and hockey career.
“Gabriel Landeskog from the Colorado Avalanche is my biggest role model because he is a true leader and I see myself as a leader on and off the ice,” said Momot. “My mom and dad are also my role models because they have done so much for me during my life and hockey career, whether it's getting up at 5 a.m. when I was younger for hockey or making sure I was always to school on time. I can't thank them enough.”
Once his junior career concludes, Momot has his eyes on college hockey.
In the immediate future, his goals are certainly reasonable.
“My goals are to play hockey at a competitive level for as long as I can and also to get an education in college and play college hockey,” Momot said. “My short-term goal is to be a better hockey player every day.”