Brock Trotter of Brandon will continue his international journey in 2020-21. As this past week it was announced that the 33-year-old winger has signed to play for Rouen of France’s Synerglace Magnus Ligue.
Trotter will join a couple of familiar faces in Rouen, as the team is home to Winnipeg’s Cam Barker, as well as former Winnipeg Jets defenceman Mark Flood. The Magnus Ligue is dominated by international players, as six of the Top-10, and 11 of the Top-20 scorers last season were Canadians.
The former Brandon Wheat Kings midget AAA star first made a real name for himself during his time as a University of Denver Pioneer. Skating alongside Tyler Bozak, Trotter put up 32 goals and 76 points in 69 NCAA games before transitioning to the American Hockey League for parts of four seasons.
A brief stint during the 2010-11 season with the Kontinental Hockey League’s Dinamo Riga got Trotter’s wheels turning on international play. Since leaving the AHL, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound winger has gone from the KHL to Sweden’s HockeyAllsvenskan to the Finnish Liiga, back to the AHL with Chicago, to the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga with Dornbirner in 2018-19, before playing out the past season in Slovakia with HKM Svolen.
Over the past two seasons, Trotter has put together some impressive numbers, tallying 28 goals and 115 total points, while adding 118 combined penalty minutes. Last season saw the former Dauphin King earn 14 goals, 60 points and 78 penalty minutes in Slovakia. At the same time, Rouen went 30-8-2 and finished in second place with a +63 goals differential before the postseason was cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic.