Winger Felix Trudeau, who led the Northwood School in Lake Placid, New York, in scoring this past season, has verbally committed to attend the University of Maine on a hockey scholarship.
The 6-foot-1, 176-pound native of Terrebonne, Quebec, scored 30 goals and added 33 assists in 55 games for Northwood School and also tallied six goals in three United States Premier Hockey League playoff games.
“He is obviously a high-end scorer,” said Northwood coach Chadd Cassidy. “He is one of those kids who has been successful at all levels.”
Cassidy expects Trudeau to return to Northwood for his senior year, which means he would enroll at UMaine in 2021.
Cassidy said Trudeau reminds him of Washington Capitals All-Star Alex Ovechkin in terms of his passion for scoring goals.
“Felix has a really good shot and he loves to shoot the puck … He’s as good a skater as you’ll see at this level,” Cassidy said.
Cassidy plays Trudeau, who has a left-handed shot, on the right wing.
The 17-year-old Trudeau registered 23 goals and 25 assists in 45 games for College Esther-Blondin in Quebec Midget AAA during the 2018-2019 season.
Trudeau is a coachable player with a strong work ethic who is committed to improving, Cassidy said. Added physical maturity and weight training are expected to fortify his game.
“He will be able to possess the puck more and that will make it more difficult for defensemen to play against him. They already have to contend with his speed and his shot,” Cassidy said.
Trudeau visited some other schools but Cassidy said UMaine started recruiting him early. Trudeau built a bond with UMaine associate head coach Ben Guite, who is also from Quebec, and who played at UMaine before eventually playing in the National Hockey League.
“Felix felt really comfortable at Maine. It was the best fit for him,” said Cassidy.
Trudeau’s participation at UMaine is contingent upon him being admitted to the school and meeting NCAA eligibility requirements.