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Glace Bay’s Logan Shaw embracing time in AHL whereas aiming for NHL return | Regional-Sports activities | Sports activities

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SYDNEY, N.S. —

No person stated the journey to skilled hockey can be a straightforward one, which is one thing Logan Shaw is aware of all too properly.

The Glace Bay native has had many ups and downs by means of the primary seven seasons of his skilled profession.

From beginning seasons within the American Hockey League, to taking part in within the ECHL and NHL, together with being traded, positioned on waivers and having knowledgeable tryout, Shaw has seen all of it.

Regardless of the whirlwind journey for the 27-year-old ahead, Shaw has by no means let staff choices have an effect on his confidence and mindset, however quite has used these choices to inspire him to grow to be a greater participant.

“It’s been a hell of a trip,” stated Shaw in a cellphone interview with the Cape Breton Publish final week from Winnipeg, Man. “Each staff I’ve had the possibility to play with, it was a brand new expertise and I’ve been all around the map a bit, however that’s hockey.”

Shaw started his hockey profession with the Glace Bay Minor Hockey Affiliation, earlier than becoming a member of the Cape Breton Tradesmen of the Nova Scotia Main Midget Hockey League for the 2007-08 season. In 34 video games with the native midget staff, Shaw recorded 17 objectives and 22 assists for 39 factors.

He would spend one season in main midget, earlier than being drafted by the then Cape Breton Screaming Eagles with the No. 12 total choose on the 2008 Quebec Main Junior Hockey League Entry Draft, an occasion held in Sydney. Shaw went on to play three-and-a-half seasons with the Eagles, posting 54 objectives and 50 assists for 104 factors in 221 video games.

Throughout the 2010-11 season in Cape Breton, Shaw recorded 26 objectives and 20 assists for 46 factors, catching the attention of the Florida Panthers who drafted him within the third-round, No. 76 total, on the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. After beginning the 2011-12 season with the rebuilding Screaming Eagles, Shaw was traded to the Quebec Remparts and would end his main junior profession below the teaching steerage of hockey corridor of famer Patrick Roy.

Shaw started his skilled profession through the 2013-14 season at 21 years previous. He was assigned to the San Antonio Rampage, who on the time have been the American league affiliate staff for the Panthers. He performed 46 video games with the Rampage that season, whereas spending 20 video games with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL, the low-point of his professional profession.

Logan Shaw of Glace Bay carries the puck for the Jets throughout a preseason sport in opposition to the Calgary Flames on Sept. 22. – USA At present Sports activities

“It’s powerful once you’re 21 years previous and also you get despatched right down to the coast, you assume your profession will not be going wherever since you’re on the backside,” stated Shaw.

“I took it with a grain of salt and I knew I used to be there for a purpose and I believe it was a matter of understanding that purpose and getting higher … so I went down there and labored exhausting and it paid off.”

Shaw by no means did return to the ECHL. Actually, he performed his first full season within the AHL in 2014-15, suiting up for the Rampage in 69 video games, notching 13 objectives and 25 factors.

In 2015-16, Shaw as soon as once more began the season within the AHL, this time with the Portland Pirates, however he wouldn’t spend a lot time with the Maine-based franchise. He performed 19 video games with the staff, earlier than receiving his first NHL name up by the Panthers, a second he’ll always remember.

“It was simply earlier than Halloween and I had simply left the rink and was driving residence and our coach, Tom Rose, known as and advised me to come back choose up my gear that I used to be going to the NHL,” stated Shaw, who instantly known as his dad and mom Gerard and Sandra Shaw to inform them the information.

“I had my first sport in opposition to Boston and I had a few my family and friends who got here down, so it was good and an unreal expertise.”

Logan Shaw, center, stands with James Sheppard, left, and Dean Ouellet on stage through the 2008 Quebec Main Junior Hockey League Entry Draft. Shaw was chosen No. 12 total by Cape Breton on the draft, which was held in Sydney.Shaw scored his first profession NHL aim in his seventh sport with the Panthers on Dec. eight, 2015 in opposition to the Ottawa Senators at BB&T Heart in Florida. With that aim, he grew to become the primary participant from Glace Bay to attain an NHL aim in a quarter-century, the earlier aim having been scored by Doug Sulliman through the 1989-90 season with the Philadelphia Flyers.

On Nov. 16, 2016, Shaw was traded to the Anaheim Geese by the Panthers in alternate for Michael Sgarbossa. Following the commerce, he would be part of the San Diego Gulls of the AHL for the primary weekend however was rapidly known as up by the Geese and would spend the remainder of the yr with the southern California staff.

“We went on a great playoff run and we misplaced out within the Western Convention ultimate to the Nashville Predators,” stated Shaw, who had three objectives and 7 assists in 55 video games with the Geese within the common season.

“I discovered my function there, I used to be taking part in on the penalty kill, taking part in on the fourth line and simply making an attempt to do no matter I might to remain within the lineup and play easy hockey.”

Throughout Shaw’s time with the Geese, fellow Nova Scotian Paul MacLean was an assistant coach. Shaw credit MacLean for serving to him enhance as a participant.

“I wasn’t taking pucks to the web and I wasn’t driving the web and I used to be taking part in smooth and I believe Paul was the one who pointed that out to me within the first place,” stated Shaw.

In 2017-18, Shaw began the season with the Geese and performed 42 video games earlier than being positioned on waivers and later claimed by the Montreal Canadiens, suiting up for the historic franchise for 30 video games.

After the season, Shaw discovered himself and not using a contract, however was given knowledgeable tryout by the Calgary Flames. He did not make the Flames however later signed a one-year take care of San Diego of the AHL. He performed seven video games with the Gulls earlier than being given a one-year, two-way contract by the Winnipeg Jets, who despatched the then 26-year-old to the membership’s farm system with the Manitoba Moose. With the Moose, Shaw posted skilled profession highs in objectives (27), assists (19) and factors (46), whereas offering management within the Manitoba dressing room.

Moose head coach Pascal Vincent — regardless of as soon as teaching in Cape Breton with the Eagles — didn’t know a lot about Shaw when he reported to the staff.

“We knew him as a participant, however we didn’t know him as an individual,” stated Vincent. “The issues individuals have been saying about him have been excellent and that he was an incredible teammate and straightforward to educate they usually have been all right.

“I used to be actually impressed with him — he might play centre, he might kill penalties and be on the facility play, he had a number of rolls and his management expertise have been nice.”

Not like summer season 2018, Shaw was capable of take pleasure in this previous summer season coaching and making ready for the season after the Jets signed him to a one-year, two-way contract on Could 31. He wrapped up a busy summer season by marrying his longtime girlfriend, Kelsey MacDonald of Dominion. The couple spent 11 years collectively earlier than tying the knot on Aug. 22 with a small wedding ceremony ceremony for rapid household at The Lakes Resort in Ben Eoin.

Shaw attended the Jets important coaching camp final month however did not make the NHL staff. He was positioned on waivers by the Jets, earlier than clearing and being despatched to the Moose, the place he’s presently taking part in.

“I didn’t have my finest coaching camp, however that’s a part of it,” stated Shaw, noting he plans to proceed to convey management to the Moose dressing room. “I bought despatched down for a purpose and I’m right here to get higher and ensure I discover the little particulars in my sport.”

The Moose started the 2019-20 season final weekend. In two video games, Shaw has a aim and two assists together with a plus-Four ranking. For now, he plans to embrace his time within the AHL with the aim of in the future returning to the NHL.

“I’m going to play as exhausting as I can and hopefully make it exhausting for them to not name me up, but when it doesn’t come, it doesn’t come,” stated Shaw. “Whether or not it’s November or if it’s Could within the playoffs, I’m right here to ensure I’m prepared if the decision ever does come.”Twitter: @CBPost_Jeremy

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