JACKSON, NJ – In his senior season, Jackson Memorial High School alum Trevor Cear cemented his legacy with the Ocean County power by captaining his Jaguars to a Handchen Cup Championship victory over divisional rival Southern Regional, the first Shore Conference title in program history.
Four years later and Cear is prepping to compete at the NCAA Division III level following his recent commitment to UMass-Dartmouth for the 2020-21 season.
Following a youth career with the Brick Hockey Club, in which he helped lead the 18UAA green buckets to a 2017 New Jersey Youth Hockey League (NJYHL) championship, and a four-year varsity stint with the Jaguars in which he earned First Team All-Shore Conference honors as a senior, Cear became a founding member of the New Jersey 87’s.
Cear Serves as 87’s Captain
After the 87’s inaugural Eastern Hockey League Premiere (EHLP) season, Cear served as the club’s assistant captain in two Eastern Hockey League (EHL) seasons.
Over those three seasons, Cear and the 87’s compiled a record of 102-28-5 – a winning percentage of .774 – including an EHL Mid-Atlantic Northern division championship in 2018-19. This past year, the 87’s were in position to capture their second consecutive division championship before COVID-19 cut the season short.
“After the first year (with the 87’s) I knew this is where I wanted to be, I knew the 87’s was my home,” Cear said in a media release. “Each time I put on that jersey I knew it was special…What we did with our groups, from the first-year team, to the first-year EHL team, and what we did with the core of our team for those three seasons was special. We will remember the 87 way forever.”
In 122 games with the 87’s, the second most in franchise history, the two-way defenseman registered 91 points (15g, 76a) and earned All-EHL First Team honors in 2019-20.
“Trevor is fantastic player. He can skate and think the game better than a lot of defensemen,” New Jersey 87’s Head Coach and General Manager Adam Houli said in a media release. “He has been impactful for our team each year and has always drawn a lot of attention from scouts. I think he will be an elite player (for UMass-Dartmouth)…”
U-Mass Dartmouth a Dream Come True
Cear is committed to UMass-Dartmouth for the 2020-21 season, and will join a Corsairs program that skated to a record of 13-12-3 (10-6-2 in conference) and appeared in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament finals game last year.
Following the successful 2019-20 campaign, two of the Corsairs top skaters and All-MASCAC forwards, Steven and Sean Leonard, signed contracts with the Knoxville Ice Bears of the Southern Professional Hockey League.
“The commitment is almost every hockey players’ dream and knowing I get to go to school like UMass Dartmouth is special for me,” Cear added. “I wouldn’t have been able to do any of this if it wasn’t for (Coach Matt Kiernan) and (Coach Adam Houli). They taught me so much as a player both on and off the ice; I owe everything to them, my family, and my teammates.”