Cooley inspired by Crosby, Ovechkin ahead of 2022 NHL Draft


Today, a look at center Logan Cooley of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program Under-18 team.'s full draft coverage can be found here. Logan Cooley won't ever forget the friendly reception he received from Sidney Crosby when he decided to try hockey for the first time and ultimately become hooked on the game. "I just remember him always laughing, smiling, and kind of just making the game fun," Cooley said. "It's always important to remember it's just a game. It's something that you want to do, and you love to do, so I think enjoying it, having fun and not having it be too serious was important at that age." Cooley was 5 years old when he stepped on the ice at the Rostraver Ice Garden in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, to participate in the inaugural Little Penguins Learn to Play Program in 2008-09, an introductory clinic for children ages 5-9 that provided first-time participants free head-to-toe equipment along with age-appropriate on-ice instruction by certified coaches."He has two older brothers (Eric and Riley) who played hockey and he just absolutely loved it, couldn't wait for his turn," said Cathy Cooley, Logan's mother. "He'd play alongside his brothers; that was his life. His stick went everywhere he went as an infant. It was in his car seat and when he started to walk. It was always in his hands. The program was advertised around the rinks and we thought it was a perfect start. He used to dress in his brother's equipment, so to finally fit him in the proper hockey gear was just the thing for us. And the equipment fit perfectly." more: World Juniors 2022