Traber keeps working towards his dream

Tim Traber of Quesnel knows hard work and dedication to the game will help realize his dream

Brian Kozak stands with local hockey product Tim Traber

RYAN GRAHAM

Observer Reporter

 

 

 

Tim Traber of Quesnel knows hard work and dedication to the game will help realize his dream of making the National Hockey League.

He began hockey at the age of three, skating on the natural ice surface in Kersley and has never looked back.

Traber, who completed his third season in the National League A, the top tier of the Swiss hockey league system is coming off an injury plagued season with the Geneve-Servette Hockey Club, where he only suited up for nine games during the season but came on strong during the teams playoff run.

“The last few years have been tough because I’ve been injured for almost two seasons,” Traber said.

“I had knee surgery last year which pretty much put me out the whole year, but I did play the last seven games and playoffs. We had a really good playoff run and for my career it was a big step moving forward because I was playing big minutes and playing on the top line.”

He said the adjustment from hockey in North America to Europe was a big difference because of the size of the ice, which is 200 feet long by 100 compared to the North American rinks which are 200 feet by 85.

“At the start it was a drastic change and you definitely have to adjust your game because it’s faster,” Traber said.

“Everyone who is coming from North America has to adjust their style of play. Obviously in Europe it isn’t as heavy a style of game as it is in North America.”

Traber is a big presence on the ice as he stands 6’2 and weighs 200 pounds and considers that a big asset to his game, but says he is always trying to improve his skill set.

“I’m a physical guy who has a big presence in front of the net,” Traber said.

“I went to Europe to develop my skill set and learn the game better and I think in the long run playing in Switzerland will help me for sure.”

“I want to continue to learn more of the finesse game. I had a great opportunity at the end of last season to do that, which drastically improved my game.”

He says although there is an adjustment coming from North America, the style of coaching is all the same and they expect you to perform each night.

“You’re a professional and you get held accountable for your actions,” Traber said.

“You are getting paid to play so you better show up and work. It’s not junior anymore, it’s a business.”

Traber said his time in Switzerland was a great experience.

“My family is all Swiss so I knew a lot about Switzerland already,” Traber said.

“Living in Geneva was hard at the start, being in that european lifestyle but now it’s a lot better.”

As he moves forward in his career he looks to secure a professional try out with an NHL club and continue on with his dream of making the NHL.

Traber is another local product who is showing the hockey world what Quesnel hockey is all about.

 

Just Posted

Quesnel and District Arts Council looking for artists to participate in Sketch and Paint Competition

The competition will have four 30-minute rounds and a grand prize for the winner

Danae McCroy first gymnast to represent NCCS at provincials

She will compete in all events at the three day event in Delta

Quesnel’s Long Table Grocery shortlisted for Small Business BC Award

Long Table is one of the top five finalists in the Best Community Impact category

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

Quesnel youth encouraged to apply for Power Pioneer awards

The BC Hydro Power Pioneers are recognizing youth who have excelled in community service

Students give two thumbs up to no more B.C. student loan interest

Eliminating the loan interest charges could say the average graduate $2,300 over 10 years

Manitoba ‘pauses’ link with ex-B.C. premier Gordon Campbell after allegations

Campbell had been hired to review two major hydro projects

Heritage minute features Japanese-Canadian baseball team, internment

The Vancouver Asahi baseball team won various championships across the Pacific Northwest

UPDATE: Woman, off-duty cop in critical condition after stabbing outside B.C. elementary school

The officer was interceding in an alleged assault when he and the woman were stabbed

$10-a-day child care not in 2019 budget, but advocate not irked

Sharon Gregson with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. says NDP on track to deliver promise

B.C. Seniors Advocate questions labour shortage in care homes

Are there really no workers, or are care aide wages too low?

B.C. business groups worry about looming economic decline in wake of NDP budget

The party’s second government budget focused on plenty of spending, business advocates say

Missing Surrey snowshoer caught in avalanche found dead on Vancouver mountain

North Shore Rescue resumed its search today after efforts were temporarily halted Tuesday due to snowstorm

Man injured in police shooting near Nelson has died: B.C. police watchdog

The death follows an incident in Bonnington on Feb. 13

Most Read