Editor's Note: This feature originally appeared in the October 5 edition of the Daily Mining Gazette.
HOUGHTON, Mich. – After tying for ninth in scoring in the United States Hockey League (USHL) last season, forward Trenton Bliss comes to Houghton looking to build off a season where he exploded offensively. Scoring 34 goals and 55 points last season with the Green Bay Gamblers, Bliss is joining the Michigan Tech Huskies at the perfect time to add to the offense, considering the fact that the Huskies graduated five forwards from last season's WCHA Playoff Champion.
When asked how Bliss best plans to use his gameplay at the NCAA level, he said he hopes to be a powerhouse in all areas.
"I feel like I'm the type of player where I'm very versatile and no matter what role I'm in, I'm still going to play my game and try to create plays," he said. "But, (I) also (want to) be responsible on the defensive end. Whatever the coaches ask me to do I'll do."
After the 2016-17 season, Dallas, Texas, native who spent the bulk of his formative years in Appleton, Wisconsin, wasn't always ready to compete at this level, or even at the USHL level. Bliss was traded to the North American Hockey League's Coulee Region Chill, where he played in nine games, scoring three goals and five points. He returned to the Gamblers last season and things clicked. The whole experience made him a more confident player, and he hopes to bring that confidence with him to Tech this year.
"Going into my second year, I had a lot more confidence in knowing what the USHL has to bring on a daily basis," he said. "That really helped and (I) was able to prepare to have a good year individually and also help the team (by) making the playoffs.
"For me the biggest thing is the ability to have confidence. I think if I come in and play with the confidence (that) I did in Green Bay, and trust in my skill set, I'll be able to help this team win."