BIG TRAIN: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Aidan Trainor brings the puck up the ice in a game this winter. Senior star forward and team captain Trainor tallied 24 goals and 19 assists this season to help PHS go 18-4-2 and win its first Mercer County Tournament title since 2011. Trainor ended up with 212 career points on 102 goals and 110 assists. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
By Bill Alden
For Aidan Trainor, playing for the Princeton High School boys’ hockey team has been a family affair.
The senior forward was preceded in the program by his older brothers Anthony ’17 and Robby ’19 and has played the last two seasons with younger brother Colm ’21.
But Trainor’s family feeling on the squad extended beyond his brothers as he enjoyed a special experience during his time with the program.
“I have been lucky enough to play on four great teams in my four years at PHS — we have been really successful,” said Trainor.
The prolific Trainor played a key role in that success, tallying 212 career points on 102 goals and 110 assists.
Coming into his final campaign this winter, Trainor was determined to go out with a bang.
“This is my last year; it is easy to ignore that and not to think about that when you are a freshman, a sophomore, or even a junior,” said Trainor. “This year, I have a bigger sense of urgency to perform and just do my best to help the team succeed.”
PHS first-year head coach Joe Bensky was thrilled to have Trainor on his team. “It is not a secret how good he is, what impresses me is how approachable he is as a 17-year-old young man,” added Bensky. “The kids really like him and look up to him. He doesn’t have a cocky attitude, he is a great young man.”
With Trainor tallying 24 goals and 19 assists over the winter to spark a balanced attack that featured five players with 17 or more goals, PHS put together an impressive regular season record of 15-3-2. more