Parkes heading to Red Wings' summer camp 0
Fort Erie Native Trevor Parkes in action with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)'s Montreal Juniors, who has been invited to the Detroit Red Wings summer camp.
Things just keep getting better for Trevor Parkes.
The former Fort Erie Meteor and 19-year-old local native finished his rookie season with the Montreal Juniors in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with 47 points in 66 games and was even recognized as the player of the week for the entire Canadian Hockey League last November.
It was a monumental year for the left-winger. In fact, it was so good he hopes it was his last year in the QMJHL.
After watching the National Hockey League (NHL) entry draft on June 26 from his TV in Fort Erie, he was disappointed he didn't hear his name called. But about 20 minutes later... the phone sounded perhaps one of the most important calls he's had in his life.
It was his agent explaining that both the Detroit Red Wings and the Dallas Stars were interested in him and had already extended invitations for him to attend their off-season camps.
After some consideration, the Red Wings seemed like the way to go.
"We just felt Detroit was the better option," said Parkes on Tuesday, a day before he will be heading off to the Motor City.
Parkes admitted that two years ago, before joining the Meteors for one season, he didn't know whether he would have what it takes to become the player he is today, but he persevered and worked hard at his game. In the end, it all seems to be paying off and playing professionally for the rest of his life is becoming more of a possibility.
"It's definitely surreal and doesn't feel like reality, but I'm taking advantage of a great opportunity," he said.
He said there is "nothing to lose" even if he doesn't make the cut and plans to hit the ice with confidence without letting the Stanley Cup banners or retired numbers of Gordie Howe and Steve Yzerman hanging from the rafters at the Joe Louis Arena get to him.
"I think one of the biggest things will be not letting myself get too overwhelmed," said the 6 ft 1" winger.
In 2005, Parkes' father Tim passed away. He uses everything his father taught him about being an athlete as well as an overall good person as inspiration to work hard and strive to be the best he can.
"Growing up, he was my biggest supporter," said Parkes.
Currently, Parkes is ranked as the 197th North American player to potentially enter the NHL.
In the one season he spent with the Jr. 'B' Meteors, he notched 23 goals and 43 points in 52 games.
Tony Passero, the Meteors' general manager, said Parkes was easily one of the team's best players during the one season he played even though he was one of the youngest on the squad at the time.
"He developed big time in the one year he played here," said Passero.
"He worked really hard and continued to improve and improve."