Stellarton’s Trevor Boardway hugs the post in the ACHA All-Star Challenge while playing with the Michigan Collegiate Hockey Conference. Boardway made the ACHA Selects team after participating in the challenge.
Having just finished both his second year of school and hockey at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Trevor Boardway of Stellarton is mainly focused on his academics, but is taking athletic opportunities as they come.
Towards the end of his season he was selected for the ACHA Selects team while at the ACHA All-Star Challenge in Philadelphia. The team he was participating with was one of two teams from the Michigan conference that was selected from an All-Star game in Jan. to participate in the challenge.
“I was surprised to make the selects team because there’s a lot of players that had more publicity compared to what I had,” said Boardway. “They had made the national tournament and seeing as we hadn’t I thought I was quite a ways off from making the team.”
“In the championship game I posted a shutout before the other goalie from our team came in. It was kind of a whirlwind because I talked myself down and said I wouldn’t be recognized for it, but then a couple weeks later I got a call.”
What this means for Boardway is he will be traveling to Europe in the winter with ACHA Selects team. This team is made up of players selected from all the teams participating in the ACHA All-Star Challenge. They will play both professional and semi-professional teams in Austria, Slovenia and Germany over a ten-day stretch.
“The trip is to showcase the talent in the ACHA basically,” he said. “We aren’t NCAA, but we’re just a step down, I would say to that. We have a lot of talented players that don’t get as much exposure as the NCAA teams sometimes so they like having this trip every two years.”
Being involved with this will allow players from the ACHA to be seen by scouts from teams throughout Europe. Boardway says some players take this as a trip, while some take it as an opportunity to showcase their skills to some of the professional teams.
“Potentially if you play well you could end up talking to some scouts over there, but it depends what you’re looking to get out of the trip,” he said. “I would love to have a scout come talk to me, but it’s one of those things I’m going to take day-by-day. It’s the trip of a lifetime being able to go play hockey in Europe like this so I’ll just take it in stride.”
Although he has the opportunity to gain more exposure for his athletic ability, his main focus is to graduate next year from college.
Boardway knows he likely won’t make the NHL and that’s why he is focused on academics. That said, if the opportunity to play professional hockey at some level presents itself he would probably take it.
“If a team approached me to play with them at a professional level I would definitely take it,” he said. “I’d love to be able to say I played professionally even if it’s just for a year or two. It’s not something I’m going to get upset about if it doesn’t happen, but wouldn’t pass up the opportunity if it presented itself.”
Throughout the summer Boardway will be preparing for the season by focusing on the gym to stay fit, while also playing baseball with the Albions, which is allowing his hand-eye coordination to stay sharp.
“It’s tough not having access to ice like some other players have in different places, but at the same time it’s just nice to have a break because you can’t keep pushing yourself all the time on the ice.”