Wildcats’ Loggins named All-American

Northern Michigan University's Troy Loggins, center left, struggles to get to the puck as Bowling Green State's Adam Smith defends on the play in the third period of the second game in their WCHA playoff series at the Berry Events Center in Marquette on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

BUFFALO, N.Y. — For the second straight season, the Northern Michigan University hockey team has an All-American, and just like last year, this one wasn’t a surprise.

Former Wildcats forward Troy Loggins earned a spot on the CCM/American Hockey Coaches Association All-American West Second Team after an impressive senior year. He was the only WCHA player to earn this distinction.

If that wasn’t enough, he was also named WCHA Player of the Year, WCHA Offensive Player of the Year and made the All-WCHA First Team.

Loggins finished tied for the second nationally with 23 goals and also tied for first nationally with 10 power-play goals and three shorthanded tallies. He also led the country in shots on goal with 155. Loggins also won the WCHA scoring title outright with 32 points on 20 goals and 12 assists in league play.

The California native is a two-time All-WCHA First Teamer and was WCHA Forward of the Week twice this year. He also notched his first career hat trick in March during a road win over Michigan Tech.

Loggins currently suits up downstate for the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins, the Detroit Red Wings’ minor league affiliate. He scored his first professional goal on April 5, two days after his debut with the Griffins.

Ryan Stieg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 252. His email address is rstieg@miningjournal.net.