The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Logan O'Connor to a two-year, entry-level contract through the 2019-20 season.
O'Connor, 21, has spent the last three seasons at the University of Denver, where he was slated to be team captain for the upcoming 2018-19 campaign. The Calgary, Alberta, native helped DU capture the NCAA championship as a sophomore in 2016-17, appearing in all 44 games that year (7g/11a). O'Connor dressed in all 41 games as a junior this past season (2017-18), registering 21 points (7g/14a) while leading the Pioneers with two short-handed goals. The 6-foot, 179-pound right wing finished his college career with 43 points (16g/27a) in 108 games, winning a NCHC regular-season championship (2016-17) and tournament championship (2017-18), to go along with his national title.
"Logan is a hard-working player who brings leadership, energy and speed every night," said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic. "His game has continued to develop each season, and we are excited that he has decided to pursue his professional career with the Avalanche organization."
O'Connor, who attended the Avalanche's development camp earlier this summer, has been selected to the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team in each of the last two seasons. He was named captain of the Pioneers on June 7, 2018.
Video: Camp invite Logan O'Connor on camp and hockey at DU
Prior to enrolling at DU, O'Connor tallied 46 points (19g/27a) in 117 career games with Sioux Falls of the United States Hockey League from 2013-15, where he helped the Stampede win the Clark Cup as league champions in 2015.
Logan's father, Myles O'Connor, was drafted by New Jersey in the third round (45th overall) of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft and played 43 career NHL games (3g/4a) with the Devils (1990-93) and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1993-94).