Richmond Generals Defenseman Maxim Plekhov has committed to the University of Wisconsin Superior for the 2019-20 academic year and hockey season. The Yellow Jackets play at the NCAA Division 3 level in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference ( WIAC ), which is regarded as the top conference by many at the NCAA Division 3 level of play. Maxim will join fellow Generals Alumni Forward Chad Lopez at school next year in Wisconsin.
Maxim played for the Generals Premier team in the USPHL this season. Maxim appeared in 42 Regular season games for the Generals adding 2 goals and 20 assists for 22 points with 39 PIM and 8 PPA and 2 SHA. Maxim also appeared in 2 playoff games for the Generals adding 1 goal for 1 point . Maxim was nominated as USPHL Defenseman of the Week during the season as well this year.
Maxim on playing for the Generals , "Playing for the Richmond Generals was a fabulous experience and provided me with a ton odf opportunities for professional development. It was always my goal to progress to play NCAA college hockey and I can honestly say that after playing with the Richmond Generals , I received multiple college offers with scholarship opportunities. Because I am from Russia, I had a pretty harsh adaptation period at the beginning of the season, it was a pretty big culture shock for me. However my teammates and coaching staff from the Generals explained everything to me and were helping me along during my entire season. It was still a real challenge , but I grew tremendously as a person and player with the help of my team and coaches. Overall my season was a great time and I became part of a family along the way and learned a lot of new things. I really enjoyed being a General and will always cherish the friendships and memories I made along the way. "
Maxim becomes the 18th Generals player this year to commit to a college hockey program for next season and the 167th Generals player in 8 years to commit to a college program. He joins current and former Generals players Mac Wiseman ( UCONN NCAA Division 1 ), Zac Jones ( UMASS NCAA Division 1 ), Sammy Steele ( Arizona State NCAA Division 1 ), Dominic Base ( Colorado College NCAA Division 1 ),Thomas Rocco ( St. Cloud University NCAA Division 1 ),Collin Heinnold ( University of New England NCAA Division 3 ), Matt Jahn ( Cortland State NCAA Division 3 ),Aidan Richardson ( Lebannon Valley College NCAA Division 3 ), Trevor Dixon ( Kings College NCAA Division 3 ), Tristan Hillebert ( Chatham University NCAA Division 3 ), DJ Paxson ( Morrisville State NCAA Division 3 ), Joey Sabatino ( Maryville University ACHA Division 1 ), Jackson Karcz ( Gonzaga University ACHA Division 1 ), Nick Smith ( Mercyhurst University ACHA Division 1 ), Benjamin Carlson ( Montana State University ACHA Division 2), Zach Householder ( University of Kentucky ACHA Division 2 ), Louis Mustian ( Virginia Military Institute ACHA Division 2 ).