St. Cloud State Bolsters Defense With Addition of Czech Defenseman Trejbal

Ondrej Trejbal

St. Cloud, MN – We’re doing a little catch up on this late commitment for 2019 that was originally announced in late March. However, I thought the Husky faithful might want a little more information on defenseman, Ondrej Trejbal. The 20 year-old 6’3″ 192 pound  left shooting defenseman committed to the Huskies in late March with the expectation that he will arrive on campus in St. Cloud for the 2019-20 season. On announcing the commitment of Trejbal to the Huskies, coach Dave Boitz noted  “Ondrej is an incredibly talented offensive defenseman and has been a driving, positive force on our team.  Off the ice, Ondrej is an outstanding human being and the Wilderness family is beyond excited to see him continue his journey at the top-notch program St. Cloud has to offer. ”

Trejbal, who has skated for the Minnesota Wilderness of the North American Hockey League the past two seasons is a native of Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic. In the 2017-18 season, he played in 53 games picking up 9 goals and adding 20 assists for 29 points. He improved on those numbers in 2018-19 with 11 goals and 29 assists for 40 points in 55 games. In February of 2019, he set the team record for most points by a Wilderness defensemen previously held by current Bemidji State defenseman Tyler Vold. Trejbal has also played in the past two NAHL Top Prospects Tournaments, both in 2018 and 2019. Previous to the Minnesota Wilderness Trejbal competed internationally for the Czech U17 team and played for the Pardubice U16/U18/U20 teams.

Neutral Zone, an amateur scouting service graded him an “A” and noted he’s a “long, skilled, soft handed defender with puck touch and a slick stick. He retrieved pucks really well for his size and has the vision and passing ability to stretch the ice, make clever saucer passes in the neutral zone to lead odd man rushes and can quarterback the power play. He is physical, he can step up at the blue lines and make open ice contact and he uses his long reach to his advantage to knock pucks off sticks. They further noted “Good size and gets around the ice well. Great patience with the puck and poised under pressure breaking the puck out with crisp passing. Also patient at offensive blue line moving laterally to create shooting and passing lanes. Protects puck very well with his big body and plays physical in the defensive zone. Very tough to get off the puck. Good heavy shot from the point.”

Ondrej joins Trevor Zins (Rogers, MN) as an incoming defenseman for 2019. They join a strong core of defenders including Jack Ahcan (Sr, Clark Kuster (Sr), Luke Jaycox (Jr),Tyler Anderson (Jr), Spencer Meier (So), Brendan Bushy (So) and Nick Perbix (So).

4 thoughts on “St. Cloud State Bolsters Defense With Addition of Czech Defenseman Trejbal

  1. As always, thanks for the great coverage. According to my notes, the Huskies have 10 incoming freshman. Can you confirm that this is still accurate?

    D: Trejbal, Ziemer, Zins
    F: Brand, Enebak, Krannila, Kupka, Okabe, Ward
    G: Lamoreaux

  2. All correct with the exception of Ziemer and Ward. I believe it’ll be a year in the USHL or if that doesn’t work back to Merritt. I assume Ward will be back in Cloquet. Could be another goaltender to add by the end of the summer.

  3. Thanks. It would be cool to get a primer on these new guys at some point. Who would you say are the guys that have a chance to make an impact as freshmen? I’m anxious to see Kupka… his offensive stats are hard to ignore.

  4. I’ll try to get my freshman preview out earlier this year. Last year published it in early September. From the get go I think all the 20 tear-olds will be ready to go – Zins, Trejbal (Defense) and Kupka and Brand at forward. Okabe and Kranilla are still youngsters (18 and 19) and you will probably see them impact by the second half of the season. Physically, they are slight and they’ll need to hit the weights and get stronger. Brand, Kupka, Okabe and Kranilla will all be very good college players. Both Okabe and Kranilla can duplicate the career of Newell. Thanks for the questions.

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