The Winkler Flyers are proud to announce the commitment of defenseman and assistant captain Trent Sambrook to the NCAA Division 1 Mercyhurst University Hockey Program.
Trent has played his entire 4 year junior career for the Orange and Black, save for the year when the league shut down and he went to play for the Charlotte Rush of the USPHL. In his time with the Flyers Sambrook amassed 13 goals and 66 assists for 79 points in 112 games played. He was named assistant captain for the 2021-22 season, and has shown incredible leadership on and off the ice.
Sambrook gave some insight to what lead him to Mercyhurst “They showed some interest early on, I really connected with their coach there. Their campus is really nice, and it ties into my life really well.”
“This season was incredible from start to finish from the relationships I built at the rink from the guys to Ashley, Killer, Ty, Beansy, Juicer and Whitey as well as Andrew, Brittney, Mason and Lachlan who did everything for me. This wouldn’t have been possible without all of them.” Sambrook explained what playing in Winkler means to him “Winkler is an incredible place for me to play as it is close to home so my parents and the rest of my family could come watch. Having that support means a lot to me. As well as the incredible fans who were invested with the team all year.”
When asked what it was like playing for two former NHL’ers in Justin Falk and Ryan White Sambrook said “Whitey and Juicer were great to me all year. They obviously know a lot about the game but they are also great people off of the ice. They went the extra mile everyday to make sure we could have the best opportunity to move onto the next level of hockey and with our lives. We appreciate everything they did for us this year”
When asked how Trent has impacted the Flyers Falk stated, "Today is an exciting day for Trent and his family. Since day one of training camp, Sammy has grown as a leader of our backend and organization. The evolvement of his two-way game, particularly the defensive strides he has made throughout the year, has propelled Sammy into an elite defender in our league. We could not be more thrilled for him and his next opportunity."
The Flyers organization are proud to see a player like Trent Sambrook who has been an incredible player on the ice and in the community commit to such a high quality program and are excited to see what he does in the future.
“Yeah I’m hoping so.” Sambrook added when asked if we should expect to see him in a Flyers jersey for one more year.