The University of Manitoba Bisons has added one more graduate from the Manitoba Junior Hockey League to their roster for the upcoming season.
Former Neepawa Titans forward Cameron Trimble was contacted by the Bisons program much later in the offseason than he would've expected.
"In the last week of July, I got a call from Gord (Burnett), the head coach. I wasn't really expecting any calls that late in the summer. Hockey is already starting in the first week of September," Trimble continues. "When he asked if I wanted to play, it was a pretty easy choice for me. I was already registered to go to the U of M, so I didn't have to think about it too much."
Trimble notes getting the call was exciting, and he got back in the gym immediately after his conversation with the Bisons coach. The Gladstone product says he wasn't sure if he would be continuing his hockey career before the University of Manitoba reached out.
"I was probably going to play senior hockey, but as far as staying competitive and having hockey as a top priority, I wasn't expecting anything at that point."
He describes what it was about his game that stood out to the Bisons.
"I'm more of a two-way centreman. Gord said he wanted a guy that can kill penalties and be reliable in the defensive zone but still can produce offensively," Trimble explains. "He said he needed some depth down the middle and wanted a guy that could win faceoffs. That's more where he was leaning."
Trimble put up 57 points in 94 games during his last two seasons in Neepawa. He wore an 'A' last year and was one of the leaders in the Titans locker room. The forward says this really taught him how to be the best teammate he can be. He outlines the most important lessons he learned in Neepawa.
"You have to enjoy the ride. I had a lot of fun in Neepawa. My billets were awesome. All of my teammates were good. Kenny (Pearson) and the coaching staff were great. You just have to enjoy the moment and have fun while it lasts."
Trimble will be joining Portage's own Kian Calder in this year's Bisons rookie class. The squad begins their season on September 28.