From a young age, Logan DeNoble wanted to be a Peterborough Pete.
Having grown up in the city, he spent his Thursday nights at the Memorial Centre admiring the likes of Eric and Jordan Staal, his two favourite players from childhood.
“It’s been really cool to see where they’ve gone in their careers,” said the soon to be 19-year-old forward. “I have so many good memories of watching the Petes as a kid, and to be able to represent the city and wear the jersey is such an honour for me.”
DeNoble did more than just wear the jersey last season, bursting onto the scene to score 20 goals in his first full campaign.
A former 13th round pick in 2013, he’s quickly earned the trust of head coach Jody Hull and caught the attention of fans in the Liftlock City.
“He’s a great story,” said Petes general manager Mike Oke. “A local boy who spent a year in Tier II before he earned a spot here in Peterborough. We’ve seen him get better and better and we’re really looking forward to what he’s going to do this season.”
A versatile forward who can play all three positions, DeNoble’s strong play saw him contribute in a variety of situations last year.
“I started the year as a fourth line shut down guy, but was playing up on the first by the end,” he said. “I don’t think I expected that, but I’ve always believed in my abilities and I’m happy with the way things have worked out. I want to keep putting the puck in the net this season.”
Though 2015-16 was by-and-large positive for DeNoble, it wasn’t without its bumps in the road.
“The season can be a grind,” he said. “I’m really fortunate to have a great coach in Jody Hull, a guy who has given me a chance to succeed and get better. It’s not always easy and you’re going to struggle some nights, but he pulled me aside a few times and got me back on course. He’s been a great mentor for me.”
Having spent most of his summer between the gym, the rink and nearby Kawartha Golf & Country Club, DeNoble is re-charged and ready to go, aiming to build off a strong season.
“I’ve put a lot of work into my skating,” he said. “I feel faster, a bit quicker and stronger on my feet. I’m hoping those improvements can help me take my game to another level.”
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