Year in Review: #4 Chris Trouba
Not many players in the NAHL have the family hockey lineage that Tomahawks defenseman Chris Trouba.
The brother of Winnipeg Jets defenseman, Jacob Trouba, arrived in Johnstown as a tendered prospect. The Tomahawks coaching staff was a firm believer of Trouba.
“Chris is a very talented defenseman who has great size, shooting capabilities and defends very well,” Tomahawks assistant coach, Nick Shackford, said in a press release from June 2016. “His sense for the game is elite and he can read and anticipate the play at a high pace.”
Trouba would battle an early injury, which delayed the start of his rookie season. The 6-3 defenseman played his first game on Oct. 29 in a road loss to the Aston Rebels.
He tallied his first goal on Dec. 30 in a 5-1 victory over the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. He added his second and last goal of the campaign in a 9-1 romp against the Northeast Generals. The marker also represented his first short-handed goal of the season.
Although he did not produce a ton of offense, Trouba was a key member to the Tomahawks Top 6 defensive pairings, see action in 34 games in 2016-17.