The New Jersey Titans are excited to announce the acquisition of 18-year-old forward Trevor Peca.
Peca is a native of Clarence, N.Y. and started the 2018-19 season with the Chilliwack Chiefs and Trail Smoke Eaters of the British Columbia Hockey League. In 16 games between the two teams, Peca recorded two goals and five assists. The Miami University commit spent the week practicing with the team and spoke about his first impressions with the organization.
“I think the team is really good and plays a high-paced game. I love the compete level and closeness of the guys, which I think is something that’s hard to find nowadays,” Peca said.
In the 2017-18 campaign, Peca played for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. He recorded 48 points (12g, 36a) in 50 games and skated alongside current Titans’ forward Zach Nazzarett.
“When I moved out to British Columbia, I knew no one. It was tough, but now it’ll be much easier getting comfortable,” he added.
Trevor is the son of former NHL player Michael Peca, though Titans head coach Craig Doremus believes that Trevor can make a name for himself on the Titans’ roster before moving up to the D-1 collegiate level.
“Anytime Trevor’s name came up, the first thing you see is his ability to play a 200-foot game and contribute on both ends of the ice. He came off a good season in the Ontario Junior Hockey League last year where his offensive numbers were pretty strong while playing on a line with Nazz,” Doremus said.
The Titans have won five of its last six games and are gearing up for a big two-game series against the first-place Johnstown Tomahawks. Doremus said that Peca’s arrival will bolster an already formidable Titans lineup.
“I think Trevor comes in and fits in to what we’re doing culturally and I think that’s super-important when you talk about the type of person we want in our dressing room and representing our organization,” he said. “I think Trevor fits that mold to a tee and obviously his hockey ability speaks for itself.”