He spent the next three years in Colorado, playing in a competitive league for the Colorado Springs Miners. After graduating from high school he was the 17th player taken in the 2006 NHL draft, chosen by the Kings, and wound up first being assigned to the Des Moines Buccaneers in the United States Hockey League, the top junior league in the country. He was called up briefly by the Kings in 2009 and 2010 and has played the last two seasons in full.
It's not like it happens every day. NHL records show that just four native Utahns have ever laced up skates at that level: Steve Konowalchuk, who played 14 seasons, mostly with the Washington Capitals; and current players Dylan Olsen (who was born in Salt Lake when his dad, Darryl, was playing for the Golden Eagles) in the Chicago Blackhawks organization and Richard Bachman, a goalie for Dallas.
No native Utahn had ever played in a Stanley Cup series … until now.
"It is so surreal, and yet it's real," says Linda Lewis, who will be rink-side tonight in Los Angeles for Game 3, as will Randy (The Lewises are divorced). "People don't understand just how much went into this. I mean, they used to walk across the street to that rink all the time. It wasn't every day but it was almost every day. Trev was such a good kid and is such a good person. He used to say when he was little, when he was with his other hockey buddies, one of these days we're going to win the Stanley Cup. Now look at him. He's living a dream."
A dream that has everyone associated with Utah hockey, everyone who uses the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center, everyone who knows Trevor, and, especially, everyone related to him, bursting with pride.
"We just can't believe it," says Trevor's Aunt Melanee, who doesn't want to jinx anything but still can't help conjecturing what would happen if the Kings prevail and every member of the team gets his customary 24 hours with the Stanley Cup.
First thing they'd do when it reaches Salt Lake, she said, is take it and set it down on Grandpa Paul's grave. Preferably on a Saturday night.
Lee Benson's About Utah column runs Monday and Friday. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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