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2019 YHH Bantam Player of the Year

By Peter Odney , 05/09/19, 10:00AM CDT


From the blue line Max Burkholder helped Chaska-Chanhassen to a runner-up finish at the Bantam AA State Tournament.

As players age, the mold of an offensive defenseman shrinks. 

Players who routinely carry the puck 200 feet are suddenly running into bigger and stronger roadblocks, and the game takes on a more traditional flow and approach. 

Someone forgot to tell Max Burkholder that the game changed. 

Recently named the top defenseman of the 2003 Division at the World Selects Invitational in Philadelphia, Burkholder possesses a rare blend of speed and confidence with the puck and shows no hesitation when he believes he has the best chance to create a scoring opportunity by himself. As the season progressed, Burkholder began to embrace creativity with the puck and put on a chemistry clinic with forward Jimmy Snuggerud during the Stormhawks' (mild) surprise run to the Bantam AA state title game.

Burkholder was a Western Hockey League selection in the league's 2018 Bantam Draft and was picked in the third round by the Dubuque Fighting Saints during this year's USHL Phase I Draft. He is verbally committed to Colorado College.      

Past Winners

Year Player Team NHL Draft Rights
2018 Brock Faber/Kyle Kukkonen Osseo-Maple Grove N/A
2017 Jake Braccini Buffalo N/A
2016 Ethan Frisch Moorhead N/A
2015 Gavin Hain Grand Rapids Philadelphia
2014 Casey Mittelstadt Eden Prairie Buffalo
2013 Ryan Zuhlsdorf Edina Tampa Bay

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