Jean-guy Trudel was born October 18, 1975 in Sudbury, ON. A graduate of the QMJHL, Trudel spent four seasons in the league with stops in Beauport, Verdun and Hull before making his professional debut in 1996-97.
After scoring 50 goals and 121 points in his final year of juniors, Trudel split his first professional season with the CoHL's Quad City Mallards, the ECHL's Peoria Rivermen, the IHL's San Antonio Dragons and Chicago Wolves. The Sudbury native returned to Peoria in 1997-98 and joined the IHL's Kansas City Blades the following year.
An offensively gifted player, Trudel signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Coyotes in the summer of 1999 and made his NHL debut later that season playing one game while spending the better part of the season with the team's AHL affiliate in Springfield. Over the next three seasons Trudel led Springfield in scoring and was a two-time AHL Second Team All-Star in 1999-00 and 2001-02 and an AHL First Team All-Star in 2000-01.
After three seasons in the Coyote organization, Trudel signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Wild in the summer of 2002. In his first season with the Wild organization, Trudel led the team's AHL affiliate in Houston in scoring while suiting up for one game with the parent club. The following season Trudel signed as a free agent with HC Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss League and spent four seasons with the club. In June, 2007 Trudel returned to North America after signing as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues.
Mark is very excited to join PYHA as Director of House and Skills and to start implementing some changes in the area of skill development. The ADM (American Development Model) was initiated last year in Peoria and will continue at the Mite House level. This year it will now be introduced at the Squirt level as a part of our PYHA House program.
Mark grew up in Calgary, Canada in a family that I guess you could say had hockey in their blood. His father, Hank Bassen, played goal in the NHL in the 50’s and 60’s for the Blackhawks, Red Wings and Penguins. Mark’s brother, Bob Bassen, also played 15 years in the NHL for the Blues, Blackhawks, Islanders and Stars. At the age of 19, Mark started his pro career with a free agent tryout with the Philadelphia Flyers. He won the Bobby Clarke award for the best conditioned athlete at training camp and was rewarded with a two year contract and spent two years playing for the Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League (AHL). He played for the Peoria Rivermen during their time in the International Hockey League (IHL) for another two years. Mark played one year for the Canadian National Team and decided to move to Germany and play in their top league, the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) for another seven years. Mark is very excited about bringing 12 years of professional playing experience and 27 years of coaching and instructing experience to the Peoria Youth Hockey Association.
PYHA House & Skills Director
Zachary Robertson has been serving as Director of Mini Mites for PYHA since the 2013-2014 season. He has been coaching Mini Mites since the 2009-2010 season. Zachary has also served as an assistant coach of Mite and Squirt level travel teams. He has two sons who play hockey for PYHA.
Zach's two fundamental rules for his hockey players are (in order): have fun and try hard. For Mini Mites, a successful season means not only learning the fundamentals of hockey, but also learning to love the game itself.
PYHA Mini-Mite Director