Ashbrook playing NAHL hockey

ESCANABA — Tristan Ashbrook of Manistique is only 18 years old but has already seen a lot of success in his young hockey career.

Ashbrook is playing for the Bismarck Bobcats in North Dakota of the North American Hockey League. This is the same league Nick Bink and Levi Wunder of Escanaba play in.

Bink plays for the Janesville, Wis. Jets and Wunder plays for the Odessa, Tex. Jackalopes.

The NAHL is a Junior hockey league that includes 25 teams and is for student-athletes ages 16-20 with aspirations of advancing to collegiate and/or professional hockey.

Ashbrook played hockey locally when he was young but started to commute to Marquette when he was nine.

“I always loved the game,” said Ashbrook. I want to play as long as I can.”

He began playing for the Marquette Electricians which is an 18U AAA Midget Major hockey team when he was 15.

Ashbrook then played in Omaha, Neb. his junior and senior year of high school before signing with the Bobcats this past year.

Ashbrook has moved a round a lot in his young life but feels comfortable where he is now.

“It was a bit of a transition at first and it still isn’t the easiest thing,” said Ashworth. “But the family that I stay with there is great and my family travels to visit me quite a bit so that’s nice.”

His mother Laurel is a former girls’ basketball coach at Manistique and his father is the jayvee football coach at Manistique.

Ashbrook hasn’t made a decision on where he wants to play collegiate hockey but does hope to continue his career in Division-1 hockey and has been communicating with teams.

“Playing Division-1 college hockey is probably my most immediate goal for now,” said Ashbrook. “I’d also like to play professionally as well.”