Second-year player Logan Rands is making an impact on the backend for the Virden Oil Capitals this season.
The 19-year-old defenceman and D partner Jayden Wojciechowski log a lot of minutes for the Manitoba Junior Hockey League team against the opposition’s best, Oil Caps head coach Tyson Ramsey said. The coach said the team is pleased with Rands’ progression.
“Logan is a unique player,” Ramsey said. “He has good skills and his hockey IQ is very high. He has the ability to make quick easy plays out of our own zone and has an offensive side that sometimes goes unnoticed. He can play in all situations and is a real valuable guy for our group.”
As a rookie Rands had 16 points in 57 games. The 5-foot-11, 160-pounderhas already racked up 15 in 29 contests. He works hard at the other end of the ice as well.
“I take a lot of pride in my defensive game and keeping the puck out of our net,” Rands said.
Last season Rands was often paired with Virden’s own Tristen Cross. This winter he has formed another productive partnership.
“I’ve enjoyed playing with Woj this year,” Rands said. “He’s a great player and we’ve built up a lot of chemistry with each other this season. We work well together and always know where each other are on the ice.”
The Portage la Prairie product, who billets with Megan and Trevor Gabrielle, likes playing in Virden for several reasons.
“I really enjoy getting to be with the guys everyday,” Rands said. “We have a special group of guys this year. We’re a very tightknit group. Everybody is always excited to be at the rink and be with each other
“I also really enjoy getting the chance to play in front of all the great fans and supporters that we have here in Virden. Nothing beats playing a home game in Virden.”