Isaac Langdon is taking life in stride knowing his hockey future is starting to take shape in a meaningful way.
Langdon, who played one year of minor hockey in Deer Lake before his parents Matthew and Corra-Lee moved to Ontario when he was five years old, is in his fourth year with the Quinte Red Devils minor midget hockey team in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association.
The 15-year-old centreman still has a couple of seasons of minor hockey to play before he graduates from high school, but he’s going to be plying his skillset in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 hockey setup when he wraps up high school.
An offensive forward who stands five-foot-11 and 175 pounds, Langdon has committed to play with the Clarkson University Golden Knights of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) for the 2020 season.
He’s a player high on the radar of a lot of teams in the Ontario Hockey League with 2018 his eligibility year for the 2018 OHL Entry Draft.
“It would be nice to be drafted somewhere high, but it’s not a big concern for me. I’m set on going to school anyway so that’s my plan, and I’m comfortable and confident with that so I will try not to worry about it,” Langdon said earlier this week from Belleville.
Becoming a Golden Knight was a decision he didn’t take lightly. He was looking for a good hockey program, but equally important was the quality of the programs offered on the education side of the equation because he’s considering an engineering career down the road.
He believes he found what he needed at Clarkson. He really likes the style of play in the Division 1 setup and he was going to pursue a college education regardless of whether he was going to keep playing hockey so he believes things will work out just fine.
“It’s a great fit for me so I can play high level of hockey and get a degree at the same time,” he said.
Langdon doesn’t make it back to Newfoundland very often. He managed to get home to visit both sets of grandparents who live in Deer lake a couple of summers ago for a month and he finds the place beautiful so he plans on getting back whenever life allows him down the road.
For now, he’s just going to keep working hard with hopes of helping the Red Devils achieve success.
He has 21 points in 24 games so it’s safe to say he’s been an impact player in the early going.