Just like it is for so many other young Canadians, Logan Danis’ goal is to play major junior hockey.
Although he hasn’t achieved that goal yet, the Winnipeg native is definitely one step closer. Back on August 1, Danis signed his first WHL Standard Player Agreement with the Winnipeg ICE.
The signing of Danis continued what has been a very solid summer of signings for the organization. The list includes the #1 overall pick, Matthew Savoie, #2 overall pick, Conor Geekie, and Daniel Hauser.
“Yeah, it feels really great. It’s awesome to see all the hard work I’ve put in is paying off,” said Danis. “Signing the first agreement is the first step to me playing junior hockey full-time.”
“I knew I had to push myself harder when I wasn’t picked in the WHL Draft when I was 15” he added. “I’ve been working really hard and I will continue doing so. I have to give a big thank you to all my coaches and family and teammates, this wouldn’t have happened without them.”
Just as he said, not getting picked in that draft was a tough pill to swallow. Things, however, did look up for Logan last year, after he was listed by Winnipeg in 2018.
“I felt like I’ve been making progress because Winnipeg was interested in me,” he continued. “This whole process has made me really feel that I’m progressing as a player and that I can play at this level.”
Danis played 35 regular-season games with the RHA Prep of the Canadian Sport Hockey League last season. He had 14 goals and 23 assists. In the playoffs, he added five more points in three games.
In the 2017-18 season. Danis had 46 points in 36 regular-season games. He also had seven points in five playoff games, with the RHA Elite 15’s.
“I had a good year and I felt I help the team win games,” said Danis. “I gave it my all and I was happy with how it went.”
Danis also suited up in some junior action last year. He played four regular-season games with the Steinbach Pistons. He was impressive in those games with two assists and he was a +2.
That’s when Logan realized he could have what it takes to succeed at the junior level.
“It was a great feeling playing with Steinbach. Being able to produce in those games made me feel like I can play at this level,” he added. “Just learning through the games really helped me.”
The entire summer has revolved around the game he loves. Logan’s training at RHA every day and he gets on the ice three times per week. With less than a month until main camp, Logan doesn’t only expect to be at the camp, but he expects to make a bang.
“My goal is to make this team this year,” he added. “I want to have a really good camp and make this team this year,”
If Logan does make the team this year, he’ll get the chance to play in front of all his family and friends.
“That would be really exciting. It’s my dream to play in front of all my family and friends,” he concluded. “I’m really excited for that day to happen.”