DECATUR, Ill. – Trey Dill spent three seasons with the Decatur Blaze, playing just nine games over that span.
Not once did he take issue with playing time.
Instead the 1999-born goaltender out of Nashville took in the experience of junior hockey in the USPHL and learned from the goalies in front of him.
Now, he’s off to play college hockey as he recently committed to Indiana Tech University.
“It kind of came out of nowhere,” Dill said. “Coach Frank (DiCristofaro) came up to talk to me after a game at the Christmas Showcase in Chicago and it kind of just took off from there. The small campus and small class size help you be more one on one with your professors. The fact that the school treats the team so well is also a major plus.”
Dill said he’ll be studying Sports Management and is hoping to work in hockey in the future.
Blaze coach-GM Zac Pearson said Dill exudes the definition of being a team player.
“He was a backup most of the time but when he was called upon, he would show to the table,” said Pearson. “He is a great locker room guy that helps keep the locker room together. Trey has a very bright future as he is a very smart student and will successful no matter what he chooses to do for a living. I want to thank Trey for all the hard work over the years when it wasn’t always the easiest.”
Donning the Blaze colors was a time in his life Dill said he’ll never forget.
“Playing for the Blaze really helped me grow up and become more responsible for myself,” he said. “It also helped me understand the value of hard work. My favorite memories will always be the road trips with the boys. The long road trips to Boston were always fun.”
Looking ahead, Dill said he wants to keep living the moment and enjoying the ride.
“The ultimate goal is competing at the highest level possible, keep playing as long as I can, and would just like to see all the places the game can take me,” said Dill. “I’d love to make a career coaching in the future as well.”
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