The affiliate spotlight is back with not one, but two great interviews this month. The Dubuque Fighting Saints continue to look at an affiliate or two every month, check in on their season and get to know some of the players who fans don’t see every day. This month we look at a budding young defenseman, Max Burkholder. Burkholder is a Chaska, Minnesota native, who currently plays at Chaska High. Burkholder is a Colorado College commit and was recently named the Bantam Player of the Year. We checked in with Max to see how his season was going and to get to know him a little bit better.
Where are you playing now? How has the season been going?
This year I have been playing for Chaska High School. We got off to a slower start then we would have liked, but now we are rolling and hope to keep that going into playoffs.
Where have you seen yourself grow most as a player over the last year?
I’ve seen myself grow more so in the defensive zone and just being more of a well-rounded player in all aspects.
Where would you like to grow in the next year?
I would like to grow in all aspects of my game. I think if I had to choose one it would be to become bigger and stronger overall.
What has your experience been like with the Saints when you’ve interacted with the team?
Main Camp was a tremendous experience. It was great to play with players from all over the country. Just seeing what a great organization the Fighting Saints have was probably the best part.
Who was your favorite hockey player growing up and why?
Torey Krug. I love the way he plays the game and I try to model my game after him because we are both smaller defensemen.
Describe your game to someone who has never seen you play before.
I’d like to think that I’m a two-way defensemen that likes to join the rush and contribute on the offensive side. However, I also like to be good and solid in the defensive zone as well.
What’s been your favorite hockey memory in your career so far?
My favorite hockey memory of my career had to be last year when I was playing in the state tournament. Many people didn’t believe in us and my teammates and coaches came together as a family and made it to the State Championship. We fell short, but it was still a great experience.
Any superstitions or routines?
Put all my left gear on before my right gear.
Stanley Cup prediction?