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Ever-improving Trevor Naiman signs on with Metro Jets for third USPHL campaign in '20-2

By Matt Mackinder, 07/03/20, 5:00PM EDT


FRASER, Mich. – Trevor Naiman is one of those players every coach wants on their team.

Naiman, a 2001 birth year from Chesterfield, Mich., has spent the past two seasons with the Metro Jets, improving each season and putting in the work and drive needed to succeed in junior hockey.

Recently, Naiman signed on for his third season in Fraser.

“Coming back was very easy because I want to keep developing as a player,” Naiman said. “Last season, I feel like I improved on my positioning and confidence level during games. Next season, I want to have a role of making plays for more scoring opportunities for myself and my teammates and to get the Jets into another playoff run.

“After we were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs, it left a bad taste in my mouth and I want to go farther in the playoffs and, hopefully, to nationals.”

During the 2019-20 season, Naiman posted four goals and six points in 30 games with the MJDP team while also increasing his value at both ends of the ice.

Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville wants to see more progression from Naiman in 2020-21.

“It was great to see Trevor continue to grow as a player, on and off the ice,” said Quenneville. “He is noticeably stronger and more confident on the ice. This is a testament to him buying in to the process. He wants to be here, continue to learn and take advantage of our environment. It’s positive to see him continue to develop and get rewarded for his hard work.

"We love working with players that are committed and our platform continues to prove that players can come here, develop and learn with the ultimate goal of creating more options for themselves in the future."

With a longer-than-expected offseason in full swing, Naiman hasn’t sat back at all.

“I just want to develop my skills with whatever tools I have available, but thanks to (Jets associate head coach) Jamie Lovell, I am able to do workouts at home with his TrainHeroic app,” Naiman said. “During this lockdown, I have been spending time with family, focusing on improving on my skills, and staying in shape. A bunch of us are training at the MAT on and off the ice, which is nice perk.”

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