The road to the Games - via Italy

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Carter Trevisani hasn't let go of his dream to play in the NHL but next week he'll be busy fulfilling another dream - playing hockey in the Olympics.

The 23-year-old former Carlisle resident, possibly Flamborough's only athlete on the Winter Olympics roster, will be playing defence for the Team Italy hockey squad which is scheduled to meet Canada in its first game next Wednesday.

Most likely that will be the only time that Canadian television viewers might get a glimpse of Trevisani in action, his dad Dominic predicted last week during an interview from his Carlisle home. Dominic expects the match will be pretty much "a David and Goliath" encounter, with Canada emerging as winner. But he has no doubts about where his first loyalty lies.

"I know who I'll be cheering for, but if I was betting, I also know who I would bet for," he said. "I've already told my son, 'Maybe you can find a rock big enough so they (the Canadians) can't put the puck in the net,'" he joked.

Carter's dad, mom, Gail, and sister, Joy, will be in the stands cheering him on during Olympic play in Torino, Italy.

"It's not that often you have the opportunity to see a family member participate in the Olympics," the proud father said. "When I stop to think about it, I get shivers. Just the fact that he's participating in the Olympics, the number one stage in sports, makes me proud."

As for how Carter ended up on the Italian Olympic team, the story began three years ago. He was contacted by the Italian Hockey Federation and asked to play in the Italian hockey league. Because his dad was born in Italy, Carter has his Italian citizenship and is eligible to play there.

The former Ottawa 67's player, who honed his skills on the ice as a member of the Flamborough Hockey Association, was drafted five years ago by the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes. He attended two of the club's hockey camps and also played an inner squad game with the team but was never called up for regular season play.

So when he got the opportunity to play hockey in his dad's homeland, he didn't hesitate.

For the first two seasons, he played for a team in Varese in northern Italy; this season, he is playing for Asiago Hockey. To qualify for the Italian Olympic hockey team, players must spend two years in league play.

"Everything worked out," Carter's dad said. "It was his goal to participate in the Olympics."

Carter still hopes to play in the National Hockey League someday, the elder Trevisani said. "Any young kid who ever put a pair of skates on dreams of playing in the NHL."

He's hoping his son will draw attention to himself at the Olympics.

"He might just turn a few heads and get noticed. If nothing happens (with the NHL), there's always Europe."

Dominic Trevisani has no doubts his son has what it takes to break into the NHL ranks. He describes Carter as a "good hockey player," who took to skating instantly when he was first put on skates on an outdoor rink at the age of three.

"He has excellent hand eye coordination" which makes him "naturally gifted as an athlete," he added.

The Trevisani family plans to leave for Italy on Monday. They'll spend about 10 days there before returning home with lots of new memories and some hockey stories to tell.

The road to the Games - via Italy

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Carter Trevisani hasn't let go of his dream to play in the NHL but next week he'll be busy fulfilling another dream - playing hockey in the Olympics.

The 23-year-old former Carlisle resident, possibly Flamborough's only athlete on the Winter Olympics roster, will be playing defence for the Team Italy hockey squad which is scheduled to meet Canada in its first game next Wednesday.

Most likely that will be the only time that Canadian television viewers might get a glimpse of Trevisani in action, his dad Dominic predicted last week during an interview from his Carlisle home. Dominic expects the match will be pretty much "a David and Goliath" encounter, with Canada emerging as winner. But he has no doubts about where his first loyalty lies.

"I know who I'll be cheering for, but if I was betting, I also know who I would bet for," he said. "I've already told my son, 'Maybe you can find a rock big enough so they (the Canadians) can't put the puck in the net,'" he joked.

Carter's dad, mom, Gail, and sister, Joy, will be in the stands cheering him on during Olympic play in Torino, Italy.

"It's not that often you have the opportunity to see a family member participate in the Olympics," the proud father said. "When I stop to think about it, I get shivers. Just the fact that he's participating in the Olympics, the number one stage in sports, makes me proud."

As for how Carter ended up on the Italian Olympic team, the story began three years ago. He was contacted by the Italian Hockey Federation and asked to play in the Italian hockey league. Because his dad was born in Italy, Carter has his Italian citizenship and is eligible to play there.

The former Ottawa 67's player, who honed his skills on the ice as a member of the Flamborough Hockey Association, was drafted five years ago by the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes. He attended two of the club's hockey camps and also played an inner squad game with the team but was never called up for regular season play.

So when he got the opportunity to play hockey in his dad's homeland, he didn't hesitate.

For the first two seasons, he played for a team in Varese in northern Italy; this season, he is playing for Asiago Hockey. To qualify for the Italian Olympic hockey team, players must spend two years in league play.

"Everything worked out," Carter's dad said. "It was his goal to participate in the Olympics."

Carter still hopes to play in the National Hockey League someday, the elder Trevisani said. "Any young kid who ever put a pair of skates on dreams of playing in the NHL."

He's hoping his son will draw attention to himself at the Olympics.

"He might just turn a few heads and get noticed. If nothing happens (with the NHL), there's always Europe."

Dominic Trevisani has no doubts his son has what it takes to break into the NHL ranks. He describes Carter as a "good hockey player," who took to skating instantly when he was first put on skates on an outdoor rink at the age of three.

"He has excellent hand eye coordination" which makes him "naturally gifted as an athlete," he added.

The Trevisani family plans to leave for Italy on Monday. They'll spend about 10 days there before returning home with lots of new memories and some hockey stories to tell.

The road to the Games - via Italy

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Carter Trevisani hasn't let go of his dream to play in the NHL but next week he'll be busy fulfilling another dream - playing hockey in the Olympics.

The 23-year-old former Carlisle resident, possibly Flamborough's only athlete on the Winter Olympics roster, will be playing defence for the Team Italy hockey squad which is scheduled to meet Canada in its first game next Wednesday.

Most likely that will be the only time that Canadian television viewers might get a glimpse of Trevisani in action, his dad Dominic predicted last week during an interview from his Carlisle home. Dominic expects the match will be pretty much "a David and Goliath" encounter, with Canada emerging as winner. But he has no doubts about where his first loyalty lies.

"I know who I'll be cheering for, but if I was betting, I also know who I would bet for," he said. "I've already told my son, 'Maybe you can find a rock big enough so they (the Canadians) can't put the puck in the net,'" he joked.

Carter's dad, mom, Gail, and sister, Joy, will be in the stands cheering him on during Olympic play in Torino, Italy.

"It's not that often you have the opportunity to see a family member participate in the Olympics," the proud father said. "When I stop to think about it, I get shivers. Just the fact that he's participating in the Olympics, the number one stage in sports, makes me proud."

As for how Carter ended up on the Italian Olympic team, the story began three years ago. He was contacted by the Italian Hockey Federation and asked to play in the Italian hockey league. Because his dad was born in Italy, Carter has his Italian citizenship and is eligible to play there.

The former Ottawa 67's player, who honed his skills on the ice as a member of the Flamborough Hockey Association, was drafted five years ago by the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes. He attended two of the club's hockey camps and also played an inner squad game with the team but was never called up for regular season play.

So when he got the opportunity to play hockey in his dad's homeland, he didn't hesitate.

For the first two seasons, he played for a team in Varese in northern Italy; this season, he is playing for Asiago Hockey. To qualify for the Italian Olympic hockey team, players must spend two years in league play.

"Everything worked out," Carter's dad said. "It was his goal to participate in the Olympics."

Carter still hopes to play in the National Hockey League someday, the elder Trevisani said. "Any young kid who ever put a pair of skates on dreams of playing in the NHL."

He's hoping his son will draw attention to himself at the Olympics.

"He might just turn a few heads and get noticed. If nothing happens (with the NHL), there's always Europe."

Dominic Trevisani has no doubts his son has what it takes to break into the NHL ranks. He describes Carter as a "good hockey player," who took to skating instantly when he was first put on skates on an outdoor rink at the age of three.

"He has excellent hand eye coordination" which makes him "naturally gifted as an athlete," he added.

The Trevisani family plans to leave for Italy on Monday. They'll spend about 10 days there before returning home with lots of new memories and some hockey stories to tell.