Logan Hutsko’s entire Boston College hockey career was defined by perseverance and commitment to the program.
He arrived at BC on the back of a devastating injury at 16 that cut his USNTDP career short and seemed to dim his bright future leading up to his NHL draft year.
He joined the Eagles at a tumultuous time, entering in the fall of 2017 as BC was still rebuilding from the mass exodus of 2016 and missing the NCAA tournament in 2017. He was asked to provide instant offense even coming off his major injury, and he did just that, putting up 31 points as a freshman.
His sophomore season was plagued by difficulties at both the team and individual level. Despite continuing to be one of BC’s most electric playmakers, he was snakebit for much of the season in front of the net, dropping from 12 goals to 6 as the team stumbled to its most difficult season in decades.
But he found his scoring touch just when BC needed it the most, saving the season with an overtime goal in the Hockey East quarterfinals at Providence and helping lead the team on an unlikely run to the TD Garden and the Hockey East final.
Then, the next blow came - a scary injury in the final at TD Garden, leading to Hutsko being stretchered off the ice early in the third period.
Hutsko recovered from his injuries and came back refreshed for a 2019-20 season where he and his linemates led the Eagles back to the top of the national picture, scoring 19 goals and putting BC in a position to make a deep tournament run - before that great team had their season upended by COVID-19.
With three solid years in the books, a 19-14—33 line, and the Florida Panthers holding his rights, nobody could have blamed Hutsko for going pro after 2020 - but he came back to serve as a senior leader for the team in 2020-21, determined to finish what they started in 2020.
Unfortunately, there was to be no storybook ending on the ice. Hutsko was, as always, electric for the Eagles, posting 11 points in 11 games, but an ankle injury and surgery ended his season and his BC career.
In spite of this, however, Hutsko remained committed to the University, completing his degree in the Carroll School of Management while recovering from surgery and preparing to start his pro hockey career with the Panthers organization.
Over four challenging years for the program and for his health, Hutsko kept driving BC hockey forward and remained the picture of teamwork and perseverance. For this reason the BCI staff voted him as the male athlete who best embodies what it means to be a Boston College Eagle.
We all wish Logan the best of luck in his pro career!