Turkey Point native lands spot with Buffalo

Logan Land goes in 5th round of NWHL draft

Logan Land of Turkey Point has been drafted to the NWHL by the Buffalo Beauts. (CONTRIBUTED)

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A Turkey Point native has been drafted by the Buffalo Beauts National Women’s Hockey League team.

Logan Land, a 5-foot-8-inch defenceman, was selected in the fifth round of the draft, going 26th overall.

“I was watching (the draft) live on Twitter,” the 23-year-old said. “There’d be some pauses in between announcements so I was waiting anxiously. I was super excited when I heard my name, I was definitely surprised and was very happy. I’m excited to play for the Buffalo Beauts.”

Growing up, Land played with the Port Dover Pirates. She then switched to the Provincial Women’s Hockey League where she played for the Burlington Barracudas from 2012 to 2015.

The Holy Trinity Catholic High School alumna went on to study at Rochester Institute of Technology where she received her undergrad and graduate degrees, and played for five years with the Tigers.

“RIT was one of the first schools to contact me to play Division 1,” said Land. “As soon as I stepped on the campus, on the way home I told my mom that this is where I want to go to school, I don’t want to look anymore.”

In the 2019-20 season Land was named captain and wore the ‘C’ on her jersey in her 35 games played.

“My last year was my breakout seasons, I got to be captain and also earned an undergrad and a graduate degree.”

Logan Land.

Land, a Buffalo Sabres fan, is excited to be playing for another Buffalo team.

“I’ve always liked the Sabres and with being in school I went to quite a few of their games because they were so close and I could make it during the weekdays,” said Land. “It’s cool to be nice and close.”

Recently, the NWHL announced an expansion to Toronto following the closure of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League the year prior.

“Any advice I’d give (to younger athletes) is to just keep moving forward, keep pushing through and follow your dreams,” said Land. “Now that there is a professional hockey league there’s another goal passed playing college hockey so it’s something to look forward to.”

Land aims to apply her studies from RIT and is looking for a job close to the Buffalo Beauts arena. With the COVID-19 pandemic job hunting and practising hockey have both been hard feats.

“It’s been strange times, but I look forward to getting back on the ice.”

astaylor@postmedia.com

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