Airdrie Xtreme captain enjoys leadership role
If 14-year-old Brett Trentham has been nervous while serving as the team captain for the Airdrie Xtreme this year, the Three Hills native hasn’t shown it.
“There is a bit more responsibility when it comes to being a leader and putting the team on your shoulders, but I really like it,” Trentham said.
“I was honoured and very thankful when I found out that I would be wearing the ‘C’ on my jersey this year, and I think I have done a good job so far in that role,” he added.
Trentham, who plays right wing for the Xtreme, is one of four second-year players on the squad this season, with his experience being one of the reasons the Xtreme’s players and coaches selected him as the captain.
“All of the younger kids really look up to him and he works his butt off every game,” Xtreme Head Coach Josh Zimmer said.
“Brett does so many little things away from the puck as a responsible two-way forward, that when he gets a goal or an assists, it’s pretty much an extra bonus for him.”
Out of the 11 Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League (AMBHL) games he’s played this season, Trentham has scored six goals and dished out 10 assists, which puts him second in team scoring behind his linemate Gary Haden of Airdrie.
“I think I have been playing pretty well this year,” Trentham said.
“Gary and I have a pretty good chemistry together from when we played last year, and (Airdrie native Tyler) Petrie has been really good with us as well.”
“I really enjoy helping them out and they have been helping me out a lot as well,” he added.
The highlight of the season so far for Trentham happened on Oct. 13 during the Red Deer Bantam AAA Thanksgiving Classic in Red Deer, when he scored all three of his team’s goals during a 3-2 win in the championship game over the Red Deer White Rebels.
“That was a pretty special moment, especially since it was in the finals,” Trentham said. “Our line was just buzzing during that game, and the entire team played awesome.”
Since that tournament victory, the Xtreme has continued to ride that momentum in league play, as it has improved its record to 4-6-1 to sit in third place in the Ram South division.
“The bounces have been going our way and the team has been working harder,” Trentham said.
“We aren’t quite where we want to be yet, but our effort has been a lot better than it was at the start of the season.”
“We just need to play a full 60-minute game every time out,” he added.
The 60-minute effort is something Trentham is a strong believer in, especially if he wants to accomplish his goal for the team this year.
“We want to finish first in our division, and I think we have the team here that can do that,” he said. “If we play our style of game for the entire game, no one can touch us.”
“I just want to finish this year as well as I can, and I want to help the team get as far as they can, that is all that I care about,” Trentham added.
The Xtreme will be in action on Nov. 2 in Lethbridge, when they will pay a visit to the Golden Hawks.