Logan Halladay signs with Minnesota
Janesville Jets coaches Joe Dibble and Erik Largen looked back and found two University of Minnesota commits from the North American Hockey League in the past five years.
Their team now has two in the past two weeks.
Following in the footsteps of teammate Robin Hoglund, Jets goaltender Logan Halladay committed this week to play for the Golden Gophers. While Hoglund will play for the Big Ten team beginning next season, the plan for Halladay at this point is to join the team in 2015.
Halladay visited the Twin Cities campus on Sunday and Monday and gave his commitment on Tuesday.
“It's definitely a big step, and I'm excited to be a part of the family there,” Halladay said Wednesday. “It's been a lot of hard work and some ups and downs, but it's exciting.
“But you try to tone it back a little bit because we still have something to focus on here in Janesville.”
The Jets currently sit fourth in the NAHL North Division, with the top four teams making the postseason. They open a two-game series with the Michigan Warriors at the Janesville Ice Arena on Friday night.
Janesville has won four straight games, all with Halladay in net. He sports a 16-8-0-1 overall record with a 2.32 goals against average and a .931 save percentage.
“I definitely didn't think this would happen at the beginning of this year,” Halladay said. “I set goals for myself to make a commitment and take steps in the right direction, but I definitely didn't think it would be the Gophers. It's a pretty prestigious program.
“All the credit to the coaches and management here. They've given us every opportunity to succeed.”
Dibble didn't even know what role, if any, Halladay would play for the Jets until the start of this season.
Halladay was protected by a USHL team. That option didn't work out, and eventually it appeared he'd pair up with Jets returner Austin Priebe. But Brock Kautz rejoined the ranks when the USHL didn't pan out for him, and Priebe was dealt away with the Jets saying he deserved a shot to be a No. 1 goalie.
Halladay and Kautz grew into a formidable duo. They've each started 27 games, and Kautz is 10-14-1-1 with a 3.11 GAA and a .911 save percentage.
“I think the best thing was Brock coming back here and kind of helping mold Logan into what he's become,” Dibble said. “Those two have become great partners.
“At the beginning, to be honest, I don't know if I would have ever thought we'd be at this point,” Dibble added of the 17-year-old Halladay. “I knew it would be someday with Logan, to a big school, I just didn't know it'd be this quick. The development and the path he's taken from the day he got here until right now, he's a completely different goaltender.”
Halladay is the seventh player on the Jets' current roster to commit to a Division I program.
Dean & St. Mary's will educate on concussions
St. Mary's Janesville Hospital, Dean Clinic and the Janesville Jets will team up before Friday night's game to offer a free seminar on sports concussion prevention and management.
Sports medicine specialist Deanne Eccles Rotar, M.D., and Jets assistant coach Erik Largen will be on hand, and there will be educational materials for players, coaches and parents.
The event will be held from 5-6 p.m. Friday at the Janesville Ice Arena, prior to the 7 p.m. start of the Jets' game. Staff from St. Mary's will give away free stocking caps and key chains to fans. To register for the seminar, call 373-8345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.