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Castle Pines native, Grit goalie Lacroix making jump to NCAA D-I Boston University at ’23-24 semester break

 

Max Lacroix spent the first half of the 2023-24 season playing for the NAHL’s Colorado Grit.

Last offseason, the Castle Pines native committed to play for NCAA powerhouse Boston University once his junior career ends.

Turns out that is sooner than later as Lacroix will join the Terriers for the second semester of the 2023-24 season.

“I got a phone call from the coaching staff seeing if I would be interested to join the team after Christmas as they felt that I was ready to come in now,” Lacroix said. “After talking with my family and coaches, we all agreed that it was the right decision and we went ahead with it.

“To be honest, I wasn’t even aware that it was possible to go in halfway, but we’ll have four goalies now. I’m just planning on being myself and helping the team in any way I can regardless of where I am in the lineup.”

This season with the Grit, a first-year franchise in the NAHL, Lacroix went 2-6-1-2 with a 3.16 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage in 12 games.

“It was truly an amazing experience to play with the Grit for the first half of the season,” said Lacroix. “My parents got to come to every game, I billeted with my grandma and a few teammates, and I created lifelong friendships along the way. I’m very grateful I got the opportunity to play juniors at home.”

Growing up, Lacroix played for the Arapahoe Warriors, Littleton Hawks and Colorado Thunderbirds before going to prep school at The Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Mass.

His father is former Colorado Avalanche player Eric Lacroix and grandfather Pierre Lacroix served as the Avalanche general manager when the team won Stanley Cups in 1996 and 2001. He passed away in Dec. 2020.

Photo/Maddy Acorn (@the.acorn.boys)

— Matt Mackinder

(December 20, 2023)

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