Trent Vogelhuber has blazed a trail for hockey in the city of Columbus. He was the first Columbus hockey player selected at the NHL Draft in 2007. He was the first Columbus hockey player to play for a Division I college, at Miami University of Ohio. Tonight, he’ll make history as the first local Columbus hockey player to participate in an NHL preseason game.
“I feel pretty good going into tonight,” Vogelhuber told BlueJackets.com. “It’s going to be cool having the game in Columbus and playing for the city of Columbus, where I grew up just a half hour down the road (in Dublin).”
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Vogelhuber knows the impact his play has had on the youth hockey program in central Ohio. He has made visits to hockey camps to speak to youth hockey players. At Miami University, he met several young fans who looked up to him because they grew up playing hockey on the same rinks and teams.
“I’m happy to be able to lay the path down for the younger kids and be one of the first guys from Columbus to play pro hockey,” said Vogelhuber. “It’s a cool feeling.”
Growing up in Dublin, Ohio, Vogelhuber struggled with a lot of the pressure young hockey players face today—choosing the best teams to play for and traveling far in order to be noticed by colleges and pro scouts.
“In the hockey world, a lot of people worry about that stuff,” said Vogelhuber. “But at the end of the day, if you work hard and you’re a good player, people will find you. I thought about leaving Columbus and going to Detroit or Cleveland, but I stuck it out here and it worked out well for me.”
As the city of Columbus watches their hometown kid play in his first NHL preseason game tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Vogelhuber is most looking forward to having his family, friends and Miami University teammates and staff be there to watch this important milestone.
However, despite the feelings of excitement and nervousness, Vogelhuber plans to stay focused and play the game he knows he is best at.
“I’m just looking to play a solid two-way game tonight,” said Vogelhuber. “I’ll be physical and kill penalties if they need me to. I’m not looking to do anything special. I’m not trying to go out there and do something crazy that I don’t usually do. I’m planning on going out there and playing my game.”