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Hockey 'in the blood' for Trottier

Jordy Trottier

There are some names that just seem synonymous with hockey, and Trottier is one of them.

So one would assume that Jordy Trottier, a rookie forward with the Komets, was in skates before he could walk.

"It's funny because everyone kind of assumes it started that way," Trottier said. "But my mom made sure it was my choice. My dad was coaching a high school prep team when I was younger and I wanted to start going to the rink, and I'd sit and watch practice and hang out with the guys. I started playing when I was young, 3 or 4 years old. I mean, when you watch hockey on TV with your dad, you're pretty quick to be like, 'Well, I want to do that.' It's in the blood."

Jordy is the son of Monty Trottier, the former Indianapolis Checkers star, who scored 27 goals and 65 points in 81 IHL games during 1985-86, when he was an opponent of the Komets.

The coach of that Checkers team was Ron Ullyot, the famed former player and coach in Fort Wayne.

Jordy's uncle is Bryan Trottier, a former Hart Trophy winner in the NHL with the New York Islanders and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

"My dad helped coach me, along with my uncle, Rocky, who lives in Indianapolis, too," Jordy Trottier said. "I mean, I left last week and they were on the ice with me every day, showing me different skills. They watch (my) games and tweak the games afterward, tell me what I did good, what I did bad.

"And I've always been quick to call Bryan and ask for any kind of help -- faceoff help, leadership help, whatever he thinks I should be doing. It's an advantage to have all the help and knowledge of those guys. It's always helped me throughout my career."

Jordy Trottier, a 22-year-old forward, was a prolific scoring player in juniors, totaling 18 goals and 46 points in 56 games with Mahoning Valley of the North American Hockey League in 2008-09.

He spent the last two seasons with Bentley University, scoring only three goals and nine points in 46 games.

"I had a high-ankle sprain and ended up having to take some time off," he said. "It's an exceedingly tough injury to come off of. I usually don't get hurt that often, but it was a tough one. Actually, both years, I had ankle sprains. It was bad luck, I guess."

With 29 players vying for about 20 roster spots with the Komets, Trottier will have to make his own luck. He'll have his first chance Friday, when the Komets play at Dayton, Ohio, in the first of two exhibition games.

-- Ben Smith contributed to this story.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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