A friendly game of floor hockey ignited in Logan Crosby a life-long passion for ice hockey.
Now the 15-year-old from Salt Springs has become a likely draft choice in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Crosby is projected to go 40th overall in the third round of the Q draft, which will be conducted virtually on June 25 and 26.
“It’s super exciting,” he said. “I had a good year, and I’ve been trying to stay fit and prepare for training camp for whatever Q team drafts me.”
His parents are Tim and Shauna Crosby, and Shauna recalls how Logan was six years old at Salt Springs Elementary School during the ball hockey incident.
The local minor hockey season was already well under way when she contacted the association, and coaches Luke Austin and Ken Foster welcomed him to the team.
“As Logan left the rink after completing his first year of hockey, Foster said to him ‘Don’t forget about your first coach when you make it big Logan,’ “she said. “Logan quickly progressed and just months later made the Novice Advanced Rep team.”
Standing 6’ 3” and weighing 175 pounds, Logan may be on the rangy side, but it is a physique that would impress prospective major junior and pro teams alike. So would his resume.
Crosby was the youngest member of the Weeks Major Midgets under head coach Kyle MacLennan. He collected 12 goals and six assists during his rookie year in 2020-21 and amassed nine points in three playoff games.
“I had a rough start but with the help of my parents, friends and coaches I really stepped up,” Crosby said.
“I thought he was effective in every situation,” MacLennan said. “I think he’s really intelligent. Trying to get better has served him well.”
Crosby played the 2019-20 season under head coach Jon Sim with the Wear Well Bombers. He led the Bombers and was third in the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League with 30 goals and 30 assists for 60 points and was named to the league all-star team.
Sim said Crosby made huge strides after he joined the Bombers.
“He wanted to be a hockey player and he was awesome,” Sim said. “He had a really good year and stretched up. I told him what he needed to do and he just kept getting better every game. He loves to score goals and that’s a great thing to have.”
The Crosbys attribute Logan’s success to many things but mainly his passion and love for the sport.
“He is very disciplined and works extremely hard on and off the ice,” Shauna said. “Hours were spent in the basement over the years shooting pucks and developing his stick handling skills.”
She views Logan’s YMCA personal trainer Amber Austin as a key factor in developing his strength and agility. He trains three times a week with Austin and on his own for twice a week.
“As his parents, we 100 per cent supported and fueled his passion over the years,” Shauna recalled.” We gave him the opportunity to develop and we feel we gave him every opportunity to succeed.”
Austin said she’s impressed with Crosby’s work ethic.
“Logan’s grown up a foot in the last year and a half,” she said. “Mentally, he’s very driven and dedicated to what he’s doing in hockey. His co-ordination is a lot better.”
Besides the guidance and support she credits from MacLellan and Sim, she also saluted Mike Lochead, Bantam AA coach who the Crosbys feel also played a big role in Logan’s success,
Logan’s season in Bantam AA resulted in awards that included top scorer of the Bantam Memorial tournament and being named to the tournament all-star team .He was also the top scorer and most valuable player at provincials in Yarmouth.
At nine years old, Logan held the world record at Rapid Shot (in the current Goji’s location). He called owner Greg Burrows right away to let him know he had finally cracked the world record.