Trenton High School Hockey History
Trenton high school hockey started in the 1966-67 school year. They became members of the Michigan Metro High School Hockey League. They became members along with long time members Ann Arbor Pioneer, Detroit Catholic Central, and Cranbrook.
The first coach for Trenton was Dick Homlevec. He coached for three years, until 1969. In the 1969-70 season, Tom Pendleberry was hired as a teacher and hockey coach. In the 1971-72 season, Phil Gross was hired and stayed two seasons. In the 1973-74 school year, Mike Turner was hired to teach Physical Education and coach the Hockey team. After eight years, Coach Turner was laid off from his teaching position and moved on to the University of Michigan as an assistant hockey coach. He was replaced by Jerry Shields in 1981-82 and then Al Bevill in 1982-83. In the 1983-84 season, Skip Howey, a former T.H.S. stand out player, was named coach. He coached through the 1993-94 season, a total of eleven years. In 1994-95 school year, Coach Turner returned to the bench as head coach of the Trojans. He has remained coach as of today.
In the early years of high school hockey there was no State recognition of the sport. As a result there was no official State Tournament. The Metro league had a league playoff that was called the Mayor's Cup Tournament. Most of the high school hockey played in the Metro area played in the Metro league and Mayor's Tournament. The Mayor's Cup acted as an unofficial State Tournament.
In the 1974-75 season, the Michigan High School Athletic Association officially recognized ice hockey as a sport. Thus, the first State Tournament was held at Yost Arena in 1975. It was won that year by St. Clair Shores Lakeview. They went 31-0. Trenton was a semifinalist. The following year, 1976, Trenton won its' first State Championship, defeating Lakeview in the finals. The following year, 1977, Trenton lost in the finals to Marquette starting a rivalry that continues today.
In 1979, Trenton won its' second State Championship, followed by a back to back repeat in 1980.
Coach Turner was laid off from his teaching position in June of 1981, with three State Championships and one runner up. In 1982, under Jerry Shields, Trenton won their fourth title.
In 1985, coached by Skip Howey, Trenton was runner up to AA Pioneer. He followed that up in 1986, with Trenton's fifth State Championship. In 1990, again they were runner up, followed by a State Championship in 1991. Coach Howey left the program with two runner ups and two titles.
In 1994-95, Coach Turner returned to Trenton to take the team to the finals as runner up to Marquette.
In 1996, Trenton won their seventh State Championship going 28-0. No other team has finished unbeaten and untied for the season since. They were rated #1 in the country that year. In 1997 they were runner up to Catholic Central, and followed that with another Championship in 1998.
In 2003,Trenton won it's ninth Championship followed by a back to back title, win number 10, in 2004. In 2005, once again they were runner up to Brother Rice. That started the rare “3 Peat” run of State Championships in 2008, 2009, and 2010 for their thirteenth State Championship.
To date, in the 37 years of M.H.S.A.A. State sponsorship, Trenton has 13 Titles and 6 runner ups. They have been in the Final game 19 times in 37 years. Coach Turner has coached 10 State titles and 4 runner ups. He is assisted by Chad Clements, captain of the team in 1997, and member of '96 Champion team. Chad coached 5 Championship teams and 1 runner up. Another assistant coach is Greg Obrycki, captain of the team in 1992 and member of the '91 Champion team. Former assistants include Mark Bronson, 3 championships, 2 runner ups, and Rod Wakeham, 7 championships and 2 runner ups.
For the 2011-12 season, Trenton will now compete in the M.I.H.L.