A member of the 2016-17 Battlefords North Stars team that won the Canalta Cup will be heading back to Canada to continue his hockey career.
Forward Connor Logan, who is from Victoria, B.C., will be heading to Ontario next season, as he’ll play for the Windsor Lancers in U Sports.
The 21-year-old spent last season in the NCAA Division III ranks with the SUNY-Plattsburgh Cardinals in New York, where he had four points in 22 games.
Logan had 53 points in 58 regular season games during his only season with the North Stars.
In the 2017 playoffs, he had 12 points in 12 games and scored the overtime winning goal in the third game of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League final against the Flin Flon Bombers.
When it comes to the 2017-18 North Stars squad, seven players from the lineup are expected to join post-secondary programs.
Leading the way is former captain Layne Young, as the SJHL’s player of the year and most valuable player award winner will be heading to U Sports to play for the Saskatchewan Huskies.
Goaltender Taryn Kotchorek and forward Troy Gerein are both heading to the Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference to play for the Portage College Voyageurs in Lac La Biche, where the long-time teammates will play under former North Stars head coach and general manager Nate Bedford.
Defenceman Connor Manegre and forward Chaseton Braid will remain teammates as well as they’ll play for the ACAC’s Concordia Thunder in Edmonton.
A pair of mid-season acquisitions are also moving on to the ACAC, as forward Parker Smyth is leaving junior hockey a year early to play for the Red Deer Kings and defenceman Garan Magnes is set to join the Grant MacEwan Griffins.
Forward MacGregor Sinclair and defencemen Levi Kleiboer have committed to the NCAA Division I ranks for the Canisius Golden Griffins and Maine Black Bears respectively, but the pair can return to the North Stars this fall for their final season of junior hockey eligibility.