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State title a longtime goal for Trenton's Dunn PHOTO GALLERY/TOUT VIDEO

  • With a hat trick on Saturday against Hartland, team captain Justin Dunn led the Trenton Trojans to 8-3 victory and to the 14th state title in school history. Photo by Dave Chapman
  • Photo by Dave Chapman
  • Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
  • Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
  • Photo by Dave Chapman

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As a young hockey player in Trenton, Justin Dunn watched the city’s high school team from the stands and saw the beloved Trojans capture five different state championships.

Having played hockey in the community since age 3, he looked up to those older skaters and waited for his chance to one day put on the same uniform and try to bring a state title home.

On Saturday, that opportunity came and he made the most of it.

With a hat trick against Hartland in the Division 2 state final game, the senior captain guided Trenton to an 8-3 win and a state championship, which was its 14th in school history.

“I was definitely one of those little kids, outside the glass, hitting all the (players') hands, having them be like my idols,” Dunn said after the game. “For it to finally happen and just be a part of the tradition of winning a state championship, just like they did, is a great feeling.”

The Trojans’ title was their sixth since 2003, as they won back-to-back in 2003-04 and then captured three in a row from 2008-10.

Dunn finished the season with 39 goals and more than 70 totals points and his team wrapped up the 2013-14 campaign with a 26-4-1 record.

This year, only teammate Mitchell Galea, who also had a hat trick against Hartland, scored more goals in the tough Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League this winter than Dunn did. Fellow Trojans Andrew Sawyer and Philip Pugliese were also among the MIHL’s top 10 goal scorers.

While Dunn said he’s happy with his own strong performance this season, and in the state title game, he said the most important thing was coming away with the ultimate prize.

“It doesn’t matter who scored to me, I just wanted to win in it,” he said. “For me to get a hat trick, that is a great feeling. It was all Mitchell (Galea) and Andrew (Sawyer) who gave me the puck to get those goals.”

Saturday wasn’t the first time Dunn has celebrated a state championship in his hockey career, as he also won one a few years ago playing on a AA travel squad.

However, he said that being No. 1 now with the Trojans means the most.

“Definitely nothing compared to this,” Dunn said of the earlier title. “This is definitely a great feeling.

“Just growing up, watching all of those other high-schoolers get the state championship, to be a part of this tradition, it’s a great feeling.”

Last Updated: 10/6/2014 3:06:01 AM EST