Trent Miner played in 20 games with the Brandon U18 Wheat Kings in the 2017-2018 season and he was excellent. The Brandonite went 17-3 in those games and he had a 1.64 G.A.A. to go along with a .941 save percentage.
That gave him the best G.A.A. and save percentage in the Manitoba AAA U18 Hockey League. Miner was also named to the league's First All-Star Team which isn't much of a surprise considering how great of a season he had.
Prior to that season, Miner was drafted in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft by the Vancouver Giants in the first round, 20th overall. He was also drafted 55th overall by the Portage Terriers in the MJHL Draft which took place just before the WHL Draft. However, Miner would never play a game in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. He would instead, move up to the Western Hockey League ranks.
After those 20 games, Miner was called up by the Vancouver Giants and he ended up playing nine regular-season games and three playoff games in that season. For the past two years, Miner has been a full-time member of the Western Hockey League club, a team that advanced to the league final last year before they fell short against the Prince Albert Raiders.
This season, Trent played in 28 games and he had a 2.76 G.A.A to go along with a .901 save percentage. Miner chipped in with 14 wins, one of which was a shutout.
"It's honestly pretty wild when I look back at that first game in the WHL. I almost laugh because everything seemed so crazy to me," said Miner. "I'm so much more relaxed now and I feel like I belong here. When I first came, I was so nervous and I think that's normal."
Trent's first full season with Vancouver was last season and he certainly opened up some eyes. In 32 regular-season games, he had a 1.98 goals-against average and a very solid .924 save percentage. Of goalies that played more than 30 games, Miner's 1.98 G.A.A was the third-best in the league behind Dustin Wolf and Ian Scott. His .924 save percentage was third-highest among goalies also with 30 games played.
On their way to the league final, Miner also played in six playoff games. Fast forward to the summer months and Miner achieved something that he's always dreamed of and that's being drafted. He was taken 202nd overall by the Colorado Avalanche. He was even in the crowd for the draft which made it that much more special.
"That was a pretty surreal moment, it's something I always dreamt of," continued Miner. "I met with the organization and did media stuff. It was a super special moment, one that I'll never forget."
Miner is now back in the Wheat City where he'll continue to train for next season when he'll return to the Giants organization. There's no doubt he's been shining bright already and now, he's preparing to have a career year.
"I'm just going to look to get as many wins as I can get. As long as I'm improving and I give this team a chance to win when I play, that's what matters," concluded Miner.
Fun Fact Thursday:
Miner isn't the only member of the Giants organization that was drafted by Colorado last season. The team also selected Bowen Byram. He was selected fourth overall and there's a good chance that he starts next season in the NHL and he could very well be playing alongside Cale Makar who has risen to become one of the league's great young stars.
Byram and Miner have been playing together with Vancouver since Trent broke onto the scene. In the future, they may very well be playing in the National Hockey League together with the Avalanche.
"We definitely didn't see that coming, we're still joking about that to this day," he added. "It would be pretty surreal if we had the chance to play in the NHL together; it's crazy just to think about."