Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff --
While many continue on the road to the national title, three recent Division III players are moving on to play professional hockey on one of the biggest stages on the planet. Additionally one of the three has also earned a National Hockey League contract for next year. The Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League have announced the signing of Endicott defenseman Logan Day and UMass Boston's Colin Larkin to Amateur Tryout Agreements for the remainder of the 2017-18 season, and the parent club Edmonton Oilers have shown a long term interest in Larkin by inking the NEHC's Player of the Year to a one year entry level contract for the 2018-19 season. Those moves were announced on Monday, and follow former Westfield State Owl Jackson Leef's AHL debut with the Laval Rocket this weekend.
Day, a 23 year old defenseman from Florida, jumped into the fold at a budding program at Endicott and his transcendent skill set helped to build a national contender after transferring in from Division I Northeastern. With elite skating ability and precision puck handling, Day amassed 30 goals and 48 assists in just 56 games in two seasons with the Gulls and led the country in points per game by a defenseman this season. With the move to Bakersfield and professional hockey, Day has chosen to forego his senior season.
Larkin, a 24-year old from Michigan, has been a dynamic force in the lineup at UMass Boston for four seasons. He was an integral part of the Beacons' program-best season as a sophomore. He was a key cog in an offensive machine that season that advanced to the 2016 NCAA semifinals in Lake Placid. This season he compiled 22 goals and 24 assists en route to the NEHC Player of the Year nod and a fifth place finish on the National Points Per Game leaderboard. He brings a powerful skating stride, size that can be developed into an even greater asset at the professional level, and top notch skill to the Edmonton organization. Larkin becomes an NHL contract signee alongside well-known brother Dylan Larkin.
Leef is in his first full professional season of hockey following a strong career at Westfield State where he had a breakout senior season. Leef wrapped his pentultimate college season with forty points to draw SPHL offers. The 6'0, 180 lb. forward has largely split time between the SPHL's Evansville Thunder and ECHL Brampton Beast this season, but recently had an opportunity to skate with Laval in the Montreal organization. He has a combined 22 points in 48 games played across the campaign.
Stay tuned to D3hockey.com as more professional signing information becomes available.