By Joshua Boyd / USPHLPremier.com
From Day 1 of the Fort Wayne Spacemen, Logan Robins has been there, providing dependable offense one year after another. He never stopped, until his final game this past March at the USPHL Nationals, helping the Spacemen make a mark in their first-ever National Championships appearance.
In the end, Robins stood as the Spacemen’s all-time leading scorer with 178 points in 166 games with a dead-even line of 89 goals and 89 assists between 2019 and 2023. With 53 points this season, he also earned Midwest East Division All-Star honors.
Now, he‘ll bring all this magic to the State University of New York at Morrisville after committing recently in early May.
“I started talking to SUNY-Morrisville in early January 2023. The coaches liked my speed and how I play overall,” said Robins, an ‘02 originally from Detroit, Mich. “What interested me about Morrisville at first is they’re a fantastic program and they play in a great conference. Their rink is on campus. They also have my major, business administration.”
The Morrisville Mustangs were originally founded as a Division III program in 2006, and joined the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) the very next season. Current Head Coach Kevin Krogol first joined the program in 2009 and became the head coach in 2012. Robins is looking forward to getting on campus and helping lift the team in one of the nation’s toughest Division III conferences.
“On my visit to the campus, l really liked it. The atmosphere felt like a really good fit for me,” said Robins, about visiting the town of Morrisville, located near the geographic center of New York State, between Syracuse and Utica. “Everyone seemed super friendly and welcoming. After seeing everything on campus, talking with the coaches, and meeting some of the guys on the team, that’s when I knew I wanted to officially commit.”
Morrisville isn’t a new team, but they are in the same fight for a higher profile in their division and in their league that the Spacemen have faced since first signing on as part of the USPHL Premier in 2019. After taking a team with no history first to the top of the Midwest East and also to the Nationals in four years, he’s ready to help the Mustangs raise their profile and wins total each year out.
“The Fort Wayne spacemen is a very professional organization. They have great coaches and facilities. You get treated like a professional. I didn’t plan on playing there for four years but I kept getting cut from [Tier II teams]. Also I currently live there so it made sense to play locally,” said Robins. “The Spacemen have a great development model. All the coaches offer different advice and ways to improve. Skating once a week with our skating coach helped a lot. Overall, the way our practices were set up really stepped up my game.”
Along the way, Fort Wayne was also able to make out-of-division trips like those to Boston and Tampa, as well as for divisional showcases in regular Midwest East markets like Detroit and Chicago. The eyes of college coaches were on him all the way through.
“The USPHL is good at attracting college attention. You see plenty of scouts at the games and showcases. You will see plenty of kids commit to colleges,” said Robins. “There is some really good competition that will help get you prepared for NCAA hockey, especially playing in Nationals.”
Also getting a player prepared for the college game is having an active and smart spring and summer.
“The parts of my game I am going to work on the most are eating healthy, working out, and skating as much as I can to prepare me for NCAA hockey,” added Robins.
The USPHL congratulates Logan Robins, his family, the Fort Wayne Spacemen and SUNY-Morrisville for his commitment.