Taking Liberties With… Glendale native, Jr. Coyotes graduate Trevor Griebel
2019-20 Junior Team: Wenatchee Wild (BCHL)
2020-21 Junior Team: Fargo Force (USHL)
Arizona Youth Teams: Jr. Coyotes
Arizona Rubber: What’s your favorite hockey memory growing up?
Trevor Griebel: Definitely winning three Arizona state championships with the Jr. Coyotes.
AZR: What’s your favorite memory in the game since leaving Arizona?
TG: My first year in the BCHL with Wenatchee (2018-19), we made a deep playoff run into the third round. That run was a great experience for my first year of juniors.
AZR: Who have been the biggest influences on you, on and off the ice?
TG: Mainly my parents (Lauri and Mike). Growing up, they allowed me to play this sport and always took me to practices and games. Even now, they’re always watching my games and helping me fine-tune my personal game all the time.
AZR: What’s the best piece of advice you have for young hockey players?
TG: There are tons of kids around the world working as hard or harder than you every day. Make sure you’re doing something every day to get better yourself.
AZR: Other than hockey, do you have a favorite sport to play?
TG: Yes, I like playing soccer and baseball.
AZR: Do you have any superstitions?
AZR: What does your game-day routine look like?
TG: I go to the morning skate, eat breakfast, get in a nap, eat my pre-game meal, then go to the rink and it’s game time.
AZR: Do you have a favorite meal or restaurant back home in Arizona?
TG: Texas Roadhouse.
AZR: What are some essential items you take on a road trip?
TG: Headphones, computer, toiletries.
AZR: Did you have a favorite hockey player growing up? Why?
TG: It was Nicklas Lidstrom (of the Detroit Red Wings). Obviously, he’s arguably the best defenseman to ever play the game and me being a defenseman myself, he’s someone you like to watch play and try to learn from.
Photo/Garrett James Photography
— Compiled by Matt Mackinder
(Aug. 29, 2020)