As defenseman Logan Hudson was preparing to begin his third season with the Tomahawks, he received some news that would change his season and more importantly, his role with the team. Hudson was named the team’s captain, an announcement that took him by surprise.
“One word that describe my reaction was excitement. I found out during the pre-draft camp in Michigan and ever since then I have been counting down the days until it was time to come back to Johnstown,” said Hudson.
Since returning to Johnstown for last week’s training camp, Hudson has been an extension of the coaching staff, something that head coach Mike Letizia embraces.
“Logan is a natural leader. He puts his heart and soul into everything, which means a lot to the players. When the players see his passion and hard work on and off the ice, they feel like they have to follow that,” said Letizia.
While Hudson has been working with all of his teammates, his focus is on the newer Tomahawks players who are experiencing their first training camp.
“For most of these new guys, this is their first junior hockey experience. Most of them have not lived away from home, which can be tough. I try to be supportive and get the most out of the guys,” said Hudson.
Last season, the Mattawan, Mich. native appeared in 54 of the Tomahawks 60 games, providing three assists in those games. Hudson also scored two goals in 19 games during the 2013-2014 season. This season, he is looking forward to embracing his new role.
“I’m looking forward to seeing this team come together as a group and seeing how far we make it,” said Hudson.
The Tomahawks close out the pre-season with a home-and-home series against the Aston Rebels. Johnstown visits the Rebels Friday night before welcoming them to Kirk Nevin Ice Arena in Greensburg the following night for a 7 p.m. contest.
The Sept. 12 game will double as a fundraiser for the Westmoreland Hockey Association. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door or through Westmoreland Eagles players.