BATHURST, NB – Logan Chisholm remembers being a fresh-faced rookie in a new town.
He had just turned 17 and was attending his first Quebec Major Junior Hockey League training camp in northern New Brunswick – away from family and friends in Antigonish County and well outside. out of his comfort zone.
âI’m surprised I’m past my first week,â Chisholm said with a laugh. “I was homesick that first week.”
But as he settled into his new surroundings and developed friendships with his teammates, Chisholm realized that pursuing a career in Q with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan was an opportunity he couldn’t. Give Way.
Today, the 20-year-old Pomquet native is preparing for his fifth and final season with the Titan. And although he said his time in the Major Junior had passed quickly, he enjoyed every step of the way.
âI am very lucky to have this opportunity. It’s not very often that you spend five years in one place when you play junior hockey and I got to see the full cycle of junior hockey so it’s something that I found pretty cool in my experience. in this league. “
Chisholm was a productive player for the Titan during his tenure. The five-foot-nine, 170-pound hard-nosed forward has played 165 career QMJHL games, scoring 34 goals and adding 45 assists for 79 points. In a season shortened by COVID last year, he scored 13 goals and tallied 11 assists in 33 games.
This season, Chisholm will assume the role of leader of the Titan, as he was named the 35th captain in franchise history after two years as an assistant captain.
âIt’s not something you think about when you step into the league, but being here for five years, I’ve come to know the ups and downs of junior hockey, from top to bottom, so I definitely lots of experience and I’m extremely happy and honored to follow in the footsteps of guys like Noah Dobson and Jeff Viel.
Dobson and Viel are former Titan captains and current NHL players – Dobson with the New York Islanders and Viel with the San Jose Sharks.
Chisholm, who was the fans’ choice as the Titan’s hardest working player in 2020-21, does not see himself as a rah, rah type leader, but has said he can make his voice heard when needed. . Instead, his actions speak louder than words and he prefers to lead by example. He added that the team has a balanced leadership group of supermen who will help shoulder the load.
Titan general manager Sylvain Couturier selected Chisholm at 16 in the second round (35th overall) in the 2017 draft. Since then, he has watched the youngster grow and develop in Bathurst, on and off the ice, and said he deserved the “C”.
âHe’s a quiet leader but he’s definitely a very good leader and I think he’s very respected by all his teammates and I don’t think we can have a better captain than Logan,â Couturier said.
âOn the ice, you give him any role; he’s the kind of guy who isn’t going to complain, he’s just going to do what the coach asks him to do and he’s going to do it right. It could be an offensive role, it could be a defensive role; Logan really doesn’t care. It’s all about the team and that’s what we want from our players, and I think if you want to build a good culture in the organization, you need players like Logan Chisholm.
Chisholm entered the Q after a successful major Midget season in 2016-17 with the Cape Breton West Islanders. After winning the provincial and Atlantic titles that season, he netted the winner in overtime in the Telus Cup final against Saint-FranÃ§ois, Que., As the Islanders became Canada’s first team. Atlantic to win the National Midget Championship in the tournament’s 44-year history. A year later, he was a member of the Titan which won the President’s Cup as QMJHL champion, and later, the Memorial Cup as CHL champion.
âCome to think of it, I’m so lucky to be a part of these two teams and the great group of guys who were involved in both teams,â he said. “I keep in touch with a lot of them today, so it’s great.”
Chisholm said he enjoyed his time in Bathurst and played for a “first class” organization that treated him like family.
âI’ve definitely not only matured as a hockey player but also as a person since I’ve been here. I have made good relationships, new friendships and this is something that I will always have in my back pocket. I will always be grateful for spending time in Bathurst.
Chisholm is taking courses online at Acadia. He’s not sure where hockey will take him after his major junior career, but said playing at the Canadian university level was high on his list.
He said he is grateful to the many people who have supported him over the years and thanked the Antigonish and Cape Breton coaches for helping him become the player he is today. . He added that his parents, Jamie and Charlene, and his brother Ryan, helped him achieve his goals.
“It’s teamwork and it’s just crazy to think of all the support you get every time you leave home and don’t realize you have when you’re there.”
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