The Manitoba Junior Hockey League recently saw another one of its blossoming stars sign on with a prominent post-secondary institution this past week. Swan Valley Stampeders forward Trevor Schroder will be dressed in Saint Mary’s University red and black in 2020-21, following the announcement of his commitment for the coming year.
In agreeing to a student-athlete contract, the 20-year-old Des Moines, Iowa product will further his education in the finance world, while lacing up for the NCAA Division III Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Cardinals in the MIAC.
“I am pleased to join the Saint Mary’s Cardinals,” Schroder said in team-issued press release. “They are a great school and have a fantastic program. I couldn’t have done it without the Stampeder coaching staff. I will be forever grateful. I would like to thank the Stampeder organization and everyone who has helped me further my career.”
Schroder – a six-foot-3, 220-pound goal scorer – joined Swan Valley for the 2019-20 season following one year of North American Hockey League action with the Kenai River Brown Bears. In 61 total games with the Stampeders, Schroder had 21 goals, 53 points and 83 penalty minutes, in what was his best single-season on record, in terms of offensive production.
“Our staff could not be more excited to have Trevor join our program here at Saint Mary’s University,” Cardinals’ head coach Ryan Eagan added. “He brings size, skill and a scoring touch that will have an immediate impact in our program. When we started the recruiting process we knew exactly what we were looking for, and the players we wanted to target. Trevor is a player that we had our eyes on throughout the entire season and we knew he was a player we had to have. It was a pleasure to watch him develop in Swan Valley and in the MJHL. We look forward to more recruiting success within the MJHL in the future.”
The Cardinals will look to boost their offence with the addition of Schroder for the 2020-21 season, as the past season did not go according to plan. Finishing with a dismal 9-14-2 record, Saint Mary’s expects to end its coming season in a higher position than the seventh-place finish it saw in 2019-20. Schroder will be the second player on the Cardinals to have MJHL experience, as senior Sam Schultz previously played for both the Dauphin Kings and Virden Oil Capitals from 2015-17.