With the Humboldt Broncos coming off a championship season, the club knew they would be relying on veteran players to provide leadership this year to help them get back in the hunt for another title.
Logan Sproule has provided that and a lot more as the Broncos are now within two points of the Flin Flon Bombers for the North Division lead entering the Christmas break.
Sproule, a 19-year-old defenseman from Saskatoon, is in his third season with the Broncos and the 5-foot-10, 185-pound rearguard will easily surpass his career scoring totals as he already has five goals and 14 assists in just 32 games. He had six goals and 15 assists in 43 games last year and added one goal and six helpers in the Broncos’ playoff run to the league championship.
Coach Dean Brockman has called him the team’s most valuable player through the first half and while Sproule doesn’t put up huge numbers, he does take care of his own zone as the Broncos are by far the best defensive team in the league having allowed just 72 goals by opposing teams in 33 games.
With one more year of junior eligibility remaining, Sproule plans on staying in Humboldt, but his play will most certainly garner some attention from colleges on both sides of the border.
Having been drafted by the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League, Sproule never suited up for the team so his eligibility for an NCAA Division 1 scholarship remains intact.
The former Saskatoon Blazer of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League has had some contact with colleges as Ferris State, the University of North Dakota, Alaska and Bemidji have inquired in the past, but right now he is just focusing on the season and enjoying his time in Humboldt.
“I wanted to stay in Saskatchewan for junior (hockey),” says Sproule. “Humboldt has always been a good team and it is closer to home for me.”
“The SJHL has been better than I expected,” adds Sproule. “College would be a good route to go.”
Sproule, who is leaning towards studying something in criminal justice, considers himself a team player first and foremost and his play has certainly been a big reason the Broncos are near the top once again despite having lost a number of players from last year’s championship team.
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