When Jesse Tredinnick accepted a contract offer with the Coulee Region Chill on Sunday, he knew what he was signing up for.
Not only was it an opportunity for the Onalaska High School graduate to prove himself in front of college scouts, but it also means a summer in the weight room trying to get himself into the best shape of his life.
“This is where the hard work begins,” said Tredinnick, who scored 64 points for the Hilltoppers this past season en route to a spot on the Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association 2012 All-State First Team.
“I’m excited, but I know that this is just the start.”
Chill coach John Hamre said that Tredinnick’s speed and hockey sense earned the 2011-12 MVC player of the year a spot in training camp, which starts Sept. 1.
“I like to coach the fastest players that can compete within a team style of play,” said Hamre, who is entering his first season as Coulee Region coach.
“He’s shown that ability to do so. He is willing to learn and willing to grow. He’s a fine young man, and I’m looking forward to working with him.”
Tredinnick plans to spend the summer trying to bulk up to better compete in the physical NAHL, but he knows his strength lies with his speed.
“I feel that’s exactly what my game is, but the main thing for me is getting bigger and stronger and my speed up to level,” Tredinnick said.
Tredinnick said he is ready for a big difference in the level of play between high school and juniors.
“It’s a higher pace of play, and they’re all great players. The physical aspect of it is going to be huge,” Tredinnick said.
His high school coach, Tim Ebner, is not surprised to see his former player get a chance to play at the next level.
“He’s such a smart player, he always knows where he needs to be. He just needs to focus on what he can do to make himself into a better player,” Ebner said.
“I’m happy for Jesse. He’s worked extremely hard to have this opportunity.”
Having that chance so close to home certainly is a bonus.
“I’m looking forward to being around the area, hopefully for two more years,” Tredinnick said.
But just because he’s the local guy doesn’t mean his approach changes.
“I’m just working toward getting better and getting some notice from college teams,” Tredinnick said, mentioning either Division III or Division I programs.
“I’m trying to develop my game and trying to play every game this year.”