Prospect Q&A: Logan O’Connor

Friday, 29 March 2019 by

Logan O’Connor signed a two-year, entry-level deal with the Colorado Avalanche on July 23 after playing the last three years with the University of Denver Pioneers. The Calgary, Alberta, native is preparing for his first season of profe sional hockey.The 22-year-old helped DU capture the NCAA championship as a sophomore in the 2016-17 campaign, playing in 44 games while recording 18 points (seven goals, 11 a sists). He dre sed in all 41 games as a junior this past season, he registered 21 points (seven goals, 14 a sists) while leading the Pioneers with two short-handed goals. The 6-foot, 179-pound right wing registered 43 points (16 goals, 27 a sists) in 108 games throughout his college career and was selected to the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team for the past two seasons. He was slated to be team captain for what would have been his senior year. O’Connor recently talked with about his hockey experiences and what he is looking forward to in the upcoming season.How did you get started playing hockey?”My dad played so I was just born into it I gue s. He played a little bit of profe sional hockey so right away I fell Tyson Jost Jersey into a love of the game through him.”What were some reasons you decided to go to the University of Denver?”The education was great and also the coaches really grabbed my attention from the start and did a good job of connecting with me as a person and as a player. On my visit, the guys really went out of their way to get to know me and it was ultimately the right place for me.”What was it like to win the NCAA Championship with the Pioneers?”It was unbelievable. We worked so hard that whole year and we felt that in the last stretch that we could do it. We rallied together with one another to pull it all together.”What were some factors in your decision to forgo your senior year and sign with the Avs?”The opportunity here was pretty hard to pa s up, especially with the great things I’ve heard about the organization, management and the players. The team did a great job last year. Seeing a team that’s on the uprise is something that I wanted to have the opportunity Ian Cole Jersey to join and the Avalanche are a team that have grown ever year with the youth they have, so it’s just an exciting opportunity.”What are some of your goals for the season?”I’d like to play for the Avs this season. That’s definitely the goal this year so hopefully that can happen. We have to start here with a good training camp and sort of go day-by-day, but that’s ultimately the goal.”What is your pregame routine?”I like to be loose for the first 30 minutes or so. I like to be on my own, listen to my music, do some stretches in a quiet area. Just sort of focus on things I’m looking to get done before the game and then go from there.”What are some of your strengths on the ice?”I feel like my skating sets me apart in a bunch of aspects. I like to keep D-men on their toes and create opportunities through turnovers. My defensive play is a great a set of my game that eventually results in good opportunities offensively through that.”Who was your hockey role model growing up?”Growing up in Calgary, I gotta say it was Jarome Iginla. He was an icon for Calgary–role model wise–for many years throughout the city. Growing up as a player, it was hard not to have Iginla as a role model.”What would you do if you didn’t play hockey?”If I didn’t play hockey I’d probably have to do something in finance or accounting. That’s what I studied in school and I enjoyed it, so if I weren’t in hockey that’s the path I would go towards.”What are some of your favorite activities in Denver?”That’s hard. There are so many good parks and places to play spikeball and golf as well, there’s a lot of good courses. The weather here is great most of the time throughout the year.”