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T-Birds’ Gerlach commits to North Dakota


Colorado Thunderbirds 16U National forward Max Gerlach has committed to play his NCAA Division I hockey at the University of North Dakota (National Collegiate Hockey Conference) at the conclusion of his junior career.

Since 2012, Gerlach, a 1998-born from Flower Mound, Texas, has resided with Adam and Jenn Foote as his host family while playing for the Thunderbirds program.

“Max is one of the most natural and pure offensive talents our program has ever seen,” said Thunderbirds 16U National head coach and director of hockey operations Angelo Ricci. “His hard work and commitment to learn how to play away from the puck is what’s allowed him to develop into an elite player.”

Gerlach is a Futures Draft selection of the United States Hockey League’s Fargo Force and was also selected by Medicine Hat Tigers in the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

“It’s been very rewarding to see his maturation process as a player from his 14U year until now,” Ricci added. “Both Fargo and North Dakota will be getting highly-skilled player who’ll greatly enhance their proud programs.”

Gerlach is the fourth player from the 16U National team to commit to play college hockey this season; Ben Lown and Brian Hawkinson both committed to Miami-Ohio in early November, and Trystan Isenhour to Colorado College in early December.

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