Oct. 18, 2007
To his teammates, he's known as "Trimmer" to the professors at Neumann College, he's called "Neil" some identify him as "2%"( a reference to his pale skin tone); for opposing coaches and players in the ECAC West, he's more likely and quite simply known as "that All-American." Call him what you want, but know that Neil Trimm, assistant captain and senior on the men's ice hockey team at Neumann College, has helped put the Knights on the map while establishing himself as the nation's top point scorer. Remember the name. Follow the results. Trimm will lead the Knights into what is expected to be another big year for him and his teammates.
On the outskirts of Eastern Ontario lies a small farming community where Neil Trimm calls home. Westmeath, Ontairio, population 250, is a place where you'll find one town grocery store, one small hockey rink (built by the townspeople themselves) and for Neil Trimm, one big dream. Even at the age of four, Trimm remembers his parents taking him to the rink every Tuesday and Saturday for public skating. He says, "The rink I grew up playing in did not have glass around the boards until a few years ago; when I was a kid, the fans were protected by chicken wire." When Trimm wasn't on the ice, he was in the basement honing his stick handling skills with a tennis ball and dreaming of the day he would score his first NHL goal. On those rare occasions when he wasn't on the ice or in the basement, Neil was still thinking hockey. "We used to watch Hockey Night in Canada as a family on Saturday nights. I would watch my favorite players and try to mimic their style of play," said Trimm. Before attending Neumann, the Westmeath native played junior hockey in Pembroke, Ontario, not far from his hometown. He averaged over a point per game, scoring 95 goals and notching 125 assists, in 216 games played. After a strong junior career, Trimm chose to enroll at Neumann College where he would play hockey and pursue an English degree.
Trimm's journey as a Knight started out rough as he joined the team midway through the 2004-2005 season. Despite the team's poor record, Trimm found instant success as he scored 10 goals and had 8 assists in just 10 games played. The Knights team bounced back strong in Trimm's sophomore year. For the first time in school history, Neumann was ranked among the nation's top 15 teams, finished the season with a winning percentage and finally, was being recognized as a future hockey powerhouse. The Knights success as a team correlated with Trimm's on-ice success. After a slow start to the season, Trimm accumulated 18 goals and 27 assists over the course of 25 games played, good enough to rank second among the nation's leading scorers in points per game. However, Trimm and his teammates considered the year a failure after falling a few games short of the playoffs and they vowed to never let it happen again.
The following year, the Knights kept their promise and Trimm produced an amassing 18 goals, 49 assists and 67 total points in just 27 games played. Not only did he become Neumann's first All-American, but he finished first in the nation in points, averaging just under 2.50 points a game. The Knights followed winning 17 games, ranking them 3rd in the nation. The team propelled themselves into the playoffs where they beat the Utica Pioneers 2-1 to gain their first playoff victory in school history. Neumann then met the Manhattanville Valiant's in the ECAC West Finals for the league championship and an NCAA tournament birth on the line. Trimm scored a goal and added two assists but it was not enough as the Knights fell short in overtime, losing the game 5-4. Successful is an understatement for the season Trimm and his teammates put together, but the most decorated player to ever grace a Neumann ice hockey team would have more to think about in his upcoming off-season.
After accumulating a total of 130 points in his three-year career (62 games played) with the Knights, Trimm received a phone call that would perhaps draw him one step closer to his dream. The Neumann community possessed something that was attractive to a professional team elsewhere. In the midst of finishing school and earning a degree, Trimm had to consider whether he would chase his dream or stay a final year at Neumann and make a run for a National Championship. With words of going pro whispered in every corner, Trimm admits it is a tempting thought but for now he says, "Professional hockey has been a dream of mine my whole life but right now it is important for me to finish my degree and win a National Championship along side my teammates at Neumann College." Now that their super star is staying put, the Knights can focus on what may be their biggest season yet. Judging by his decision to stay, it's clear what name Neil Trimm would prefer for you to call him; "A National Champion."
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