Mike Trimboli of Las Vegas in action
Monday, June 5, 2017
By Lee Samuels
Star defenseman Mike Trimboli of Las Vegas who played in many thrilling games for ACHA D2 power Utah State and this past season made his debut into professional hockey in Germany has retired. He is 24. He majored in Hospitality and Business at Utah State and is now employed at a Las Vegas hotel casino.
In 2016 Mike was voted as the Vegas Hockey International Player of the Year.
Mike began playing hockey in Las Vegas skating for the Las Vegas Icemen, Las Vegas Outlaws and the Nevada Stars. His Las Vegas coaches included John McNicholas, Eric Penn, Pokey Reddick, Kevin Brown, Micah Sanford and Wally Lacroix.
His biggest games he ever played he said was a Utah State game against Michigan State in a ACHA D2 Final 4 Game. Michigan State won 6-3 during its run to win an ACHA National Championship.
Mike said in his first pro game with EHC Neuwid in Germany last season he scored his first goal in professional hockey.
“We were down 3-2 against Lauterbach and I scored with 30 seconds left to tie the game,” Mike said. “We won in a shootout and got an extra point in the standings.
“Playing the game of hockey was my life and meant everything to me for 20 years,” Mike said. “The game helped shape me into the man I am today and helped me realize what it is like to work together to accomplish a mutual goal.
“All of this helped me gain leadership qualities. I feel these are very important to have in life and I acquired all of them throughout my years in hockey.
“I met so many great people and made unforgettable memories which I will cherish for the rest of my life.
“I want to thank my family, my coaches and teammates throughout the years for giving me the best experience of my life. It’s now time to move on to the next chapter and start my career for the future,” Mike said.
Mike played junior hockey with the Walpole Express and the Washington Jr Nationals. He then played four seasons with Utah State, a powerful force in ACHA D2 West. This past season Mike played professional hockey for the first time with EHC Neuwid Bears in Germany.
With Utah State Mike played in 133 games. He was assistant captain in his junior and senior seasons. Totalled he had 14 goals, 65 assists with Utah State.