National Hockey League

Conroy: Trent Frederic punches in for work

For those folks, Trent Frederic made an awfully good first impression in the B’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets last night at the Garden.

The 20-year-old rookie, the latest tryout for the third-line center spot, saw 8:29 of ice time and had a pretty solid debut, getting two shots on net, delivering a couple of hits and winning 4-of-7 draws.

There already was a buzz in the air after Kevan Miller blasted Brandon Tanev with a big open-ice hit and then answered for it with a heavyweight bout against Adam Lowry.

The crowd roared, the NESN cameras caught his parents Bob and Gaye missing by a mile on what would have been an epic high-five and Frederic jubilantly bounced down the tunnel with the first notch on his belt

He said, ‘I came out of school to play in the National Hockey League,’ … and I think he means it,” said coach Bruce Cassidy of the former Wisconsin Badger.

Cassidy liked his overall game, but the coach wasn’t about to downplay the effect Frederic’s attitude and competitive spirit could stoke in other youngsters.

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