Trevor Bodie of Saugerties High School was drafted in the first round by the New Jersey Rockets

Trevor Bodie

Trevor Bodie, a 16-year-old senior at Saugerties High School, was drafted last month by the New Jersey Rockets from the National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC), a high-level junior league of the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL).

Body finished seventh in the first round during the mid-May draft, in which more than 200 players were chosen by the NCDC’s 18 teams across three divisions. The Rockets, which has served as a development club at the collegiate level since 1970, call the BridGewater Sports Arena is home to and is one of six teams in the Atlantic Division. Conveniently for Bodie, the Rockets are just over 25 miles southwest of the Prudential Center in Newark, where his favorite National Hockey League team, the New Jersey Devils, played.lay.

“I’m literally twenty, thirty minutes away,” Bodie said.

Bodie has been on skates almost as long as he can stand, and has been playing hockey “since I was three or four years old.”

Since he first started skating, Bodie has been a fixture at the Kiwanis Ice Arena in Saugerties, one of the few indoor ice rinks in the Hudson Valley. Bodie’s father, Shawn Bodie, was president of the Saugerties Youth Hockey Association when he was growing up, and Trevor spent Saturday mornings with the SYHA’s L.Earn to Play program.

Later, Bodie played for the Saugerties Mustangs travel teams until he was 12, when he moved up to the AAA level. Before being drafted by the Rockets, Bodie was most recently a member of the CP Dynamo from Clifton Park, theAlthough he has always been involved with the Mustangs, helping out at practices and playing drop-in games. He also recently led a team in the 13 Strong charity tournament in honor of Ethan Burke.

Although Burke loves hockey, he is also a very strong stallionHe will graduate a year early as a member of the SHS Class of 2024. He will spend the next year with the Rockets in the NCDC, a tuition-free junior hockey division focused on collegiate developmental placement in the NCAA Division I and beyond.

“Our goal is to move players directly to a high-level university or to take them to that USHL level if they are young enough,” said Matt Morrow, Rockets head coach and GM. Morrow and Bodie first crossed paths at Canada West Elite, a summer program that Brobringing together national and international players in the Boston area. Morrow was Bodie’s coach in the showcase tournament and he was impressed.

“When I coached Trevor, before his hockey ability, it was the interactions on the bench,” Morrow said. “He was a player with a lot of energy. You could tell he loves the game. He’s a good teammate, he’s coachable. I mean, all those things that are kind of stereotypical things that coaches look for in players.

Morrow also saw that Bodie was not intimidated compete with older players.

“He was very successful playing with players two to three years older than him,” Morrow said.

Bodie said he was fortunate to have the Kiwanis Ice Arena in his hometown, but there were no other competitive playersThe okey programs he watched growing up made him long for opportunities to play elsewhere.

“There’s not a lot of great hockey around,” Bodie said. “The closest rink, other than Kiwanis, is probably Newburgh. That was probably the hardest part, finding a place to play outside of Saugerties to expand my game. But it’s always been great to have the Kiwanis Ice Arena there because I can always practice there when I need to, when I’m home.”

Bodie, a right guard, began to show an aptitude for hockey at a young age.

“My parents probably knew I was good around the age of seven or eight, because I played an age,” he said. “And once I played my own age, I did very, very well.”

Morrow said he expects Bodie to do very well with the New Jersey Rockets. Although technically drafted in May, NCDC rules allow teams to remove a player from the draft early by signing him to a contract for the following year if he is using his highest level. design choice. This allowed the Rockets to bring in Bodie for practice and a few games last season. ItA risky move, but Morrow and the Rockets felt comfortable with it.

“We have put a lot of resources into signing Trevor for the coming seasonAgain, we believe that not only is he a very good player now, but he also has a very high ceiling for his growth and development as a player and as an academic. He is incredibly mature for his age. He knows what he wants. He has been driven and clearly has a firearmally of a strong support structure around him with his family and the hockey community in his hometown.”

Bodie will stay with a host family from late August of this year until March of next year, from training camp through the regular season. He is going to play full-time hockey time with the expectation of moving on to a college program. Bodie has his sights set on the Ivy League, where he would like to study computer programming.

“If I can get a good education while playing high-level hockey, that would be great,” he said. “That wasy I am ready for my life after hockey.”

Although Bodie is very driven, both on the ice and in the classroom, he has not lost sight of the fact that hockey is a sport. When asked if he had any advice for younger players, he focused on having fun.

“The most important thing is that in the end it for fun,” he said. “Everyone is competitive and everyone always wants to win, but at the end of the day it’s for fun. And as long as you’re having fun with the game, you’ll keep coming back to it.”