Draft Diaries with Logan Stankoven (September 2020)

Jeff Rea

2020-09-22

Feature image courtesy of Andrew Armstrong

 

Draft Diaries: Logan Stankoven is going to be an ongoing monthly series in which writer Jeff Rea and Kamloops Blazers forward Logan Stankoven will be collaborating to document Logan’s season. Logan will be providing commentary and quotes, telling the story from his perspective while Jeff helps weave the story together and provide the context. We kick the series off this month with a look back at the year that was for Logan in the WHL with the Blazers. What went right, what went wrong, and what did the young star learn in his first full year in the Dub? Find out all that and more in the first edition of Draft Diaries with Logan Stankoven. 

 

“I’m fortunate to be playing junior hockey in my hometown and I can’t take that for granted. 

 

It really hit me when we had our first preseason game in town. We ended up beating Victoria 9-1 and I finished with five points. Even though it was only a preseason game it felt surreal. Just the way the media was after the game and the buzz in the building. That’s when it really hit me.”

 

THE UNDERAGER

 

Logan Stankoven stands a modest 5’8″. But in terms of personalities, few in the proud hockey-town of Kamloops, British Columbia stand taller. From minor hockey prodigy to Thompson Blazers record-setter, Kamloops’ fifth overall pick in the 2018 Bantam Draft bleeds Blue and Orange.

 

Despite his meteoric rise within an organization blessed with Iggys, Daneykos and Doans, Recchis and Hitchcocks, Niedermayers, Berube’s, Sydor’s, and banners, the well-raised local boy remains grounded, self-motivated, and driven. Perhaps that’s why he’s so loved.

 

Logan’s WHL journey began on January 15, 2019.

 

“Getting in a few games as a 15-year-old was special but humbling at the same time. It was a good eye-opener to see where I needed to be in a few years, in order to be a high-end player and to consistently produce in the league. 

 

 

Having the chance to play in all six playoff games as an underager was something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. The whole experience gave me a good feel for things and helped me to prepare for my 16-year-old season. 

 

The first playoff game in Victoria was when I really saw the pace of play pick up. It was tough at first to keep up to the speed and physicality, but I learned from the first game, and from there on I wanted to prove to everyone that I do deserve to be playing as an