DL's Kraft to play in Montana for NA3HL team

Sam Herder
Logan Kraft is continuing his hockey career after graduating from Devils Lake. Kraft is heading to Montana to play for the Glacier Nationals, a member of the NA3HL.

By Sam Herder

Journal Sports

Logan Kraft went out the way he wanted to go out in a Devils Lake hockey uniform with an appearance in the North Dakota State Tournament. But that didn’t mean his days on the ice were over.

Kraft is set to take his next journey with his skates, heading to Montana this month to play for the Glacier Nationals of the North American 3 Hockey League. The NA3HL is one of 11 USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III Junior leagues with 34 teams in 17 states.

“I just want to get out there and start playing,” Kraft said. “I’m really excited for it. It’s going to be a lot of fun and a great experience. Playing hockey - you can’t complain.”

Kraft will have a week to get acclimated to his surroundings in Montana, but gets started with practice the last week in August.

The Nationals’ preseason schedule starts Sept. 6 with the regular season starting a couple weeks later. The season stretches into March.

As a left wing for the Firebirds, Kraft had a solid senior year with 11 goals and eight assists. His last season was memorable, as DL made the state tournament with little outside expectation to do so.

“It was awesome,” Kraft said. “We came up a little short and I wish we could've gone a little further (in the state tournament). But all around I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the guys and the team we had.”

Kraft is excited about the opportunity to keep on playing the game, saying a goal of his was to always keep his career going after high school.

“I’ve always wanted to play at the highest level of hockey that I can,” he said. “That’s every hockey player’s goal.”

The usual route for a junior league hockey player is to play 1-3 years and get picked up by a college. Kraft has had a couple American Collegiate Hockey Association Division I offers and a couple NCAA Division III offers.

Playing in the juniors prepares players for college hockey. Kraft isn’t yet set on a specific league or area to play at the college level.

“I just want to play at the highest level I can and get an education at the same time,” Kraft said. “There’s nothing better than that.”

Devils Lake has produced many players who have continued their hockey careers after high school. Kraft points out that even though the community is small, if you’re a good hockey player, you’re going to be found and someone will want you.

Going through the DL hockey program, Kraft feels prepared to play at the next level.

“I definitely wouldn’t want to play anywhere else,” he said on his high school career. “With the high school, senior year was awesome. The state tournament, it’s kind of the way it’s supposed to end on a high note. The hockey community is a great community here.”

For those interested in watching Kraft play, NA3HL games can be streamed at fasthockey.com.