O’Connor leaves Denver after three years, signs NHL deal with Avalanche

Logan O'Connor of Denver. Omaha vs. Denver at Magness Arena, 01/27/17. (Candace Horgan)
Logan O’Connor played 108 career games for DU, compiling 43 points along the way (photo: Candace Horgan).
Denver forward Logan O’Connor has signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Colorado Avalanche, forgoing his senior season with the Pioneers.O’Connor, who was named DU’s captain in June, was never drafted by an NHL team and signed with Colorado as a free agent.”Logan is a hard-working player who brings leadership, energy and speed every night,” Avalanche GM Joe Sakic said in a statement. “His game has continued to develop each season, and we are excited that he has decided to pursue his professional career with the Avalanche organization.”O’Connor had 43 points (16 goals, 27 assists) and 25 penalty minutes in 108 career games with DU. He recorded a career-high 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) playing in all 41 games as a junior during the 2017-18 campaign.In the postseason, his three assists in the 2018 NCHC Frozen Faceoff earned him a spot on the NCHC Frozen Faceoff All-Tournament Team. After playing 23 games during his freshman year, O’Connor played every game in the past two seasons.“Logan has earned this opportunity with Colorado,” DU coach David Carle added. “He represents everything a Pioneer student-athlete strives to be. He has put himself in this position with his tireless work ethic the last three years and leaves Denver with a national championship, NHL contract and degree in sight.”We couldn’t be more proud of him and we are excited to watch him at the next level.”