Former South Shore Lumberjacks captain Logan O’Neil has committed to the Dalhousie Tigers for the 2020-21 season.
The 21-year-old from Coxheath, N.S. spent four seasons in Bridgewater. O’Neil was drafted in the 2nd Round, 14th overall, in the 2015 MHL Entry Draft. After spending the 2015-16 season with the Cape Breton Tradesmen of the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League, O’Neil split 2016-17 between the Lumberjacks and the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the QMJHL. In 30 games with South Shore, he posted six goals and 16 assists.
From there, O’Neil became one of the faces of the franchise and missed only two games over the next three seasons. In 2017-18, his production grew to 26 goals and 29 assists in 49 games with just 28 penalty minutes as South Shore would finish second in the Eastlink South. His 55 points were tied for the team lead with Mateo Short. He had seven goals and three assists in 12 playoff games as the Lumberjacks fell to Yarmouth in the Eastlink South Final after defeating Amherst in seven games. O’Neil was also named the Gongshow 2nd Star of the Month in October 2017.
In 2018-19, O’Neil had 28 goals, 29 assists, and 38 penalty minutes in playing all 50 regular season games. After a third-place finish in the South, the Lumberjacks again ousted Amherst before losing to Yarmouth in the South Final, with O’Neil racking up ten goals and six assists in 13 playoff games. Both his ten goals and sixteen assists were the second-most of any player in the 2019 Canadian Tire Cup Playoffs, despite not reaching the championship series.
O’Neil finished 11th in league scoring in 2019-20, with 20 goals and 51 assists in 51 games. On the powerplay that season, he tallied seven goals and 18 assists for the Lumberjacks. He was also the Gongshow 1st Star of the Month in September 2019.
“I am very excited to be joining the Tigers,” says O’Neil. “Dalhousie has been a place I have always looked at to continue my hockey career as well as to continue my studies. I am excited to be a part of an exciting program.”
“Logan had a very good offensive season in the Maritime Junior League with the South Shore Lumberjacks,” says Tigers head coach Chris Donnelly. “We look forward to having him join our program and add his skill level to our team.”
The Maritime Junior Hockey League congratulates O’Neil on his Junior A career and commitment to Dalhousie University.