Catamounts land Mr. Hockey from Minnesota

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The University of Vermont men’s hockey team landed Minnesota’s top high school player last week.

Max Strand of Roseau High School, named Minnesota Mr. Hockey in March, gave his verbal commitment to the Catamounts on April 6. Strand then signed his national letter of intent with Vermont on Monday, according to his high school hockey team’s Twitter page.

“I am extremely excited and honored to announce my commitment to play Division 1 hockey and continue my education at the University of Vermont,” Strand wrote on Twitter.

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound senior forward had 36 goals and 42 assists in 27 games for Roseau, which lost in the Division 8AA semifinals.

After his high school career ended in the playoff loss, the 18-year-old Strand joined the St. Cloud Norsemen for a second stint with the North American Hockey League club. In 15 games in the junior hockey league, Strand had five goals and eight assists while playing on the wing on St. Cloud’s first line.

The Norseman are at the top of their division and the regular season should end this weekend.

“He’s kind of a northern Minnesota hockey player: instincts, IQ, smart little plays and does a lot of little things with good feelings,” Norseman head coach Corey Millen told therinklive. com. “I really like that about him.”

Strand is the second Minnesota star this school year to commit to the Catamounts. Prior Lake’s Alex Bump, Associated Press Player of the Year in Minnesota, signed his national letter of intent with Vermont in November.

Bump and Strand are expected to join Vermont for the 2023-24 season.

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