Logan Crosby’s budding hockey career could go through Nova Scotia.
The Halifax Mooseheads selected the Salt Springs resident 20th overall in the first round during the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s recent entry draft.
“It’s pretty amazing to get drafted by such a good team and so high,” he said. “I can’t wait to get to camp. We’re going to be a great team for a few years.”
Crosby was predicted to go in the third round, but the Mooseheads selected him with a pick they acquired from the Charlottetown Rocket by trading a draft pick each in the second and third rounds.
His selection followed strong contributions in 2019-20 with the Pictou County Wear Well Bombers of the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League and 2020-21 with the Weeks Major Midgets.
“They saw me during the playoffs,” he said. “They traded up to draft me and they really wanted me.”
Crosby won’t turn 16 before he arrives at the Mooseheads’ rookie camp on Aug. 18. Their pre-season schedule starts Aug. 24 in Halifax when the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles pay a visit. The Mooseheads have seven pre-season games scheduled before opening the regular season with two games against the Eagles on Oct. 1 in Sydney and Oct. 2 in Halifax.
Meanwhile, he has practised almost daily to stay in shape.
“I go five times a week and I really feel great,” he said. “I really feel I can make the team if I keep up the good work.”
Three other players from Pictou County were also drafted.
Lane Lochead of Alma went in the sixth round when he was picked by the Eagles, Cory MacGillivray of New Glasgow was picked in the eighth round by the Rimouski Oceanic, and Ben Wallace of New Glasgow was chosen in the 14th round by the Mooseheads.
The Pictou County Weeks Crushers protected their interests during the MHL’s territorial draft by making Crosby and MacGillivray as their two picks, should they be cut by their respected Q teams.