St. Cloud, MN – The top defenseman for the Trail Smoke Eaters of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League (BCHL) announced via Twitter on February 28 of his intention to play hockey for the St. Cloud State University Huskies. Trevor Zins, a 6’0″ 188 pound right-handed shooting defenseman announced “I am blessed to announce my commitment to play Division 1 college hockey at St. Cloud State University!”
Zins, a native of St. Michael, MN will join the Huskies as a 21 year-old after playing two seasons in the BCHL preceded by two seasons for Cedar Rapids in the USHL and two varsity seasons at St. Michael-Albertville (MN) High School. After scoring just 4 goals and adding 21 assists in 122 games the prior three seasons he really came into his own during the 2018-19 season leading the Smoke Eaters defensive unit in scoring with 12 goals and 34 assists for 46 points in 58 games.
The team web site announced“Today is a great day for Trevor and his family,” stated Smoke Eaters General Manager and Head Coach Jeff Tambellini, “He has had an outstanding season leading our defensive group. As an organization, we are very proud to help a 20-year-old player commit to the number one ranked team in the NCAA. We know that Trevor Zins will have a great college career and we’re excited for him moving forward.” Zins further commented “I know a lot of the boys there on the team and with the campus being only 30 minutes from my hometown, it made my decision of St. Cloud that much easier. I grew up playing there in tournaments and practices and watching them turn into the program they are today.It’s top end hockey that will help me get better every day, the coaching staff is unbelievable and will help me develop on and off the ice.The resources that are in place there will help me get to the next level and play professional hockey at one point in my career.”
Zins was recently named the top defenseman on the team during their annual awards dinner. He had previously commited early to UMass Lowell of Hockey East in 2015.
He will join the Huskies for the 2019-20 season.