Between now and the start of the regular season, The Mack Report and The Eagle Tribune will bring you Q&A features with incoming Merrimack men’s hockey players ahead of the 2018-19 season.
Logan Drevitch committed to Merrimack College more than four years ago, in May of 2014, just after wrapping up a season with the Boston Bandits 18U team, despite the fact that he was 16 years old at the time.
The younger brother of rising Merrimack junior Tyler Drevitch, Logan went on to play two seasons in the USHL and then returned home last year to play for the Bandits and his father, Bandits NCDC head coach Scott Drevitch.
In the inaugural NCDC season, Drevitch posted 55 points (21 goals, 34 assists) in 42 games, which led his team and was tied for seventh in the league; Drevitch was fourth in the league with 1.31 points per game. Drevitch is also a veteran of 112 USHL games (over two seasons), where he scored 16 goals and added 22 assists.
Mike McMahon: Obviously it’s been a few years since you’ve gone through the recruiting process, but now that you’re here and can kind of reflect back on what that time was like, what made Merrimack the place you wanted to be?
Logan Drevitch: “The small campus caught my eye at first. One of the things I noticed on my visit is that everyone knew everyone here. From a hockey perspective, it’s the only Division I sport, so that was exciting.
“Touring some other bigger schools, I was really drawn to Merrimack and the fact that the campus was smaller, there was a lot of community. You don’t have that everywhere, especially some of the bigger schools.”
MM: With your brother (Tyler) here, that has to be pretty cool as well. Given your age difference, I’m guessing you never played on the same team before?
LD: “No, we’ve never been on the same team. We almost did in Muskegon (USHL), but that fell apart. So we’ve never played together, so that should be a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to it.”
MM: Did he try to sell you on Merrimack at all? I know he wasn’t here yet, but he had committed a little bit before you did, so where he had committed first, was it talked about at home?
LD: “He committed about a month before I did, so it was around the same time. Honestly it didn’t influence my decision much at all. Now that I am here, and he’s here, it will be awesome to play with him but for both of us I don’t think playing together was something that was influencing our decisions. We wanted to make the best choices for each of us looking at schools and Merrimack was a great fit for both of us.”
MM: What was last year like for you, coming home and playing for your dad with the Bandits?
LD: “I actually didn’t really have him as a coach growing up, because he was always playing. When he stopped playing I was on his team for a little bit, but then I had a different coach. Coming home and playing for him was awesome. I looked up to him my whole life and learned so much from him, so coming home and playing for him all of last season was awesome.
“Coming home let me have fun with hockey a little bit. In the USHL you’re living on the road, the bus rides are tough, so coming home was great. I have two little sisters, so I got to see them every day and my mom, so it was great. I wouldn’t change it for anything.”
MM: What did you notice about the differences between the NCDC and USHL? I’ve had some people tell me that they thought the NCDC might be a little more hard-nosed and physical, because you get some older players. Was that something you noticed?
LD: “In some aspects with the USHL, it’s a dropoff. There are maybe 1-3 top guys on an NCDC team, whereas USHL teams are just full and the roster depth is just so much more. Over time that might change, but that was the biggest difference. That being said, I still had a lot of fun last year playing hockey. Living with my family and enjoying it was key to me.
“All teams are physical, and I think the USHL is a physical league if you ask me. It’s more systematic physicality. It can be hard on your body. So I think both leagues are pretty physical leagues.
MM: Are there some things you’re trying to improve ahead of your freshman year?
LD: “Obviously I’m trying to get faster. College is such a fast game, and you’re playing against men. Going into my first year, I think that’s the biggest thing for me is to use my speed and get even faster. I’m quick and I have the smarts, I think, so I need to get around the bigger guys and be quick in the corners. Hockey in college is so fast, you have to keep up.”