Trent Vaillancourt was born in Sudbury, Ontario but moved to Niagara Falls at the young age of 4 years old. Trent completed the French immersion program at Prince Philip Public School and now at the age of 15, he is a grade 9 student enrolled at Saint Michael Catholic High School.
From a very young age, Trent knew he loved all sports. When Trent was six years old, he was asked, ‘Trent, what is your favourite TV show?’. Trent’s response: “Jays in 30” – that says it all right there! Although Trent is a very talented athlete and excels at many sports, his passion for baseball and hockey quickly shined through above all others.
When Trent was 3, he began playing ‘backyard baseball’ with his parents and his older brother. After moving to Niagara Falls in 2011, Trent joined his first baseball league. His style was easily recognizable – sunglasses, wrist bands and hiked socks! One of the highlights of Trent’s baseball career was bringing home the OBA Championship in 2015! Trent continues to develop his skills with the Niagara Falls Falcons where he is an integral part of that team.
Although he has had a successful career with baseball, Trent would tell you that his ultimate sport is hockey because it is a very physical sport. Trent first laced up the skates when he was 3 years old and his passion for hockey quickly developed. Trent began playing hockey as a forward but later recognized that his size and style of play were better suited for a defenseman. Constantly challenging himself, Trent decided that he wanted to play at the highest level possible – he tried out for the ‘AAA’ Minor Peewee Southern Tier Admirals and made the switch to become a defenseman on that team.
Reflecting back on his hockey career, one of Trent’s earlier memories was being crowned OMHA ‘AA’ Champions for the 2015-2016 season where he endured a very successful run with that team. This season, Trent and his team were hyped to be named 2021 Hamilton Bulldogs Tournament Champions, beating out the host team. Most recently, Trent was invited for the second year in a row to the OHL Draft Day Combine Tournament where he will represent Team North America this upcoming season in June.
As an athlete, Trent is grateful to have worked with the team at Niagara Orthopedic Institute and fully recognizes the honour he is being presented with as the recipient of the Robert Dionne Feature Athlete Award. Trent will continue to work hard every day to prove himself and achieve his goals, both on and off the ice. Trent is motivated to play hockey at the highest level possible and recognizes that sometimes you have to do things differently to be successful.