2000 born defenceman, Trevor LeDonne, is the latest Nanaimo Clipper to receive an NCAA Division I scholarship while playing for the BCHL team. LeDonne came to the Nanaimo Clippers to start the 2019-2020 season and put up 20 points in 51 games including four goals after spending two seasons in the OJHL where he accumulative 42 points in 96 games. LeDonne was a key part of probably the best defence cores in the entire country last year and regularly played in key defensive roles while contributing offensively. In the 2020-21 season, he continued his strong play leading all defenceman on the Clippers with nine points in 15 games during the Extended Training Camp. That strong offensive output placed him 4th overall in the BCHL for defence scoring so far.
Darren Naylor, Head Coach and GM, noted; “Trevor chose Nanaimo to further his hockey career despite being courted by several other BCHL teams. His hard work and loyalty led to this opportunity to play in the NCAA Division 1. He was part of what I honestly believe was the top D-core in the country last year and despite four key defencemen moving on to the NCAA from last year’s team, Trevor has stepped right in and taken over from the top players of that group. What I like the most about Trevor is he has shown some increased offensive capabilities in our pre-season schedule but has not left behind his hard-nosed, in your face, defence first style. I couldn’t be happier for this young man.”
Colin Birkas, Associate Coach who runs the D-core, added; “This is a well-deserved scholarship for a solid player and great teammate. What is unique about Trevor is that he has an absolute cannon for a shot from the point with some offensive touch as well. On the defensive zone coverage, he’s probably the hardest guy to play against in the entire league as he doesn’t mind roughing it out and sticking up for his teammates. He is definitely an old-school hard-nosed defenceman most forwards hate to play against.”