A staple in the local hockey community is continuing his career in Rhode Island. Logan Calder is ecstatic to be joining Salve Regina University's hockey program next season. The local forward describes how the situation came about.
"They contacted me back in January about possibly coming, and then we kept in contact throughout the season," Calder explains. "After the season ended, they actually flew me out for a visit to tour the school and see all the facilities. On Monday (July 18), I decided to commit."
Calder says he had a few places to choose from but notes the way Salve Regina made it apparent that they wanted him played a major role in his decision.
"It's not every day that you get the chance to go live on the east coast for four years of your life, so that was a big factor. They also really did a good job of showing me that they wanted me to come there," Calder continues. "The way they explained everything, including the schooling, which is great too. It's a small school, and it's just a great opportunity for me all-around."
The Portage product, picked up an MJHL Championship, and put up a total of 97 points during his three and a half years as a member of his hometown Portage Terriers. Calder describes some of the biggest challenges that he anticipates to come from being so far from home.
"It's going to be tough. I think the biggest challenge is probably going to be the food aspect. Trying to make myself food and staying on top of that," says Calder. "I'm excited to go out there, meet some new people, and try some new hobbies."
In his senior season, Calder put up over a point per game with 55 points in 53 games. The former Terrier captain plans to bring the same mentality he had this past season, where he picked up his second MJHL Championship, to Salve Regina.
"I'm going to bring last season's confidence into this year. I'm going to continue playing my best, and help out the team in whatever ways I can."
Calder notes he will be playing at the NCAA Division 3 level and adds he is just thrilled to be extending his hockey career.
"It's a great feeling. I know I didn't feel like I was ready to be done yet. So, the fact that I get to play another four years is great."