Max Strand is Mr. Hockey

Mr. Hockey Max Strand. Photo by David Romuald

Max Strand will forever be a Minnesota Hockey Icon as the Roseau forward won the prestigious Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award. Strand Totaled 36 goals and 42 assists for 78 points in 27 games for the Rams this season and accumulated 167 points on 73 goals and 94 assists over the course of his three-year career.

The Mr. Hockey Award is selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts, selected media members from around the state, Junior hockey scouts and coaches. The other finalists for this year’s award: Alex Bump (Prior Lake), Joey DelGreco (Grand Rapids), Drew Fisher (Cretin-Derham Hall), Daimon Gardner (Warroad), Dylan Godbout (Hill-Murray), Leo Gruba (Hill-Murray), Barrett Hall (Gentry), Gavin Lindberg (Moorhead), and Tristan Sarsland (Benilde-St. Margaret’s).

Max becomes the second Roseau native to win Mr. Hockey as Aaron Ness won the award in 2008.

Max is currently skating with the St. Cloud Norsemen of the NAHL, where he has scored a point in all five games he has played, notching 3 goals and 3 assists . This is no surprise as the skilled forward possesses a plethora of offensive talents including an accurate shot and patient playmaking abilities. The D1 scholarship will come as will the possibility of being drafted into the NHL in July. Of the past 10 Mr. Hockey winners, 9 were subsequently drafted into the league.

YearMr. HockeyPositionSchoolDrafted
2021Jack PeartDGrand RapidsMinnesota 2/54
2020Blake BiondiFHermantownMontreal 4/109
2019Bryce BrodzinskiFBlainePhiladelphia 7/196
2018Sammy WalkerFEdinaTampa Bay 7/200
2017Casey MittelstadtFEden PrairieBuffalo 1/8
2016Riley TufteFBlaineDallas 1/25
2015Jake JaremkoFElk RiverUndrafted
2014Avery PetersonFGrand RapidsMinnesota 6/167
2013Grant BesseFBenildeAnaheim 5/147

The future for Max looks bright and it will be fun to watch where his hockey journey will bring him.