2014-01-06 / Front Page

Trotman Makes NHL Debut As Defenseman For Boston Bruins

by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer

Boston Bruins defenseman Zach Trotman competes against the Ottowa Senators in his NHL debut December 28th. (Photo Courtesy Of Jana Chytilova, Getty Images) Boston Bruins defenseman Zach Trotman competes against the Ottowa Senators in his NHL debut December 28th. (Photo Courtesy Of Jana Chytilova, Getty Images) The move may not be permanent, but the experience was unforgettable none the less for the grandson of a Gosport woman who recently made his professional hockey debut.

Zach Trotman’s insertion into the Boston Bruins’ line-up against the Ottawa Senators on December 28th made him just the ninth Hoosier to ever lace-up a pair of skates in the National Hockey League (NHL).

The former Lake Superior State defenseman made his NHL debut when he was called up as a fill-in for the Boston Bruins.

Trotman, grandson of Sue Trotman of Gosport, logged 16:41 of playing time in the 4-3 loss, which included 20 shifts. He finished with three shots on goal.

The 23-year-old was re-assigned back to the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins on the following day. In his 24 games with Providence during the 2013- 2014 season, the 6-3, 219-pound defenseman has netted two goals and scored eight points, with six assists and a plus-minus rating of +12 in his second full-season as a professional.

Trotman returned to the Providence line-up last Tuesday for a 5-4 win against the Manchester Monarchs, scoring his second goal of the season.

During the 2012-2013 season, Trotman scored two goals with 16 points and 14 assists in 48 games, taking 88 shots on goal and logging 19 minutes in the penalty box.

The 210th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft is also only the third ‘last pick’ of a draft to log NHL minutes since 2000.

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