Austrian native and 1999-born goaltender Maximilian Haselbacher played 43 games with the Moose during his two years in Blaine, Minnesota.
As a goaltender, he averaged 2.49 GAA and a .903 save percentage (including a .922 save percentage during a 2018-19 All-Star season), which has earned him a spot on the Hamline University NCAA Division III Pipers hockey team.
Haselbacher recalls his time with the Moose fondly, stating that the experience was great and that he loved his time spent with the team and in the state of hockey.
It was being part of such a strong hockey-loving area that taught him important values such as community service and helping others. These values were so particularly sought after and he enjoyed his time in Minnesota so much that it played a huge role in his decision to attend Hamline University.
“I chose HU because of the great academics and their hockey program. It is also close to where I wanted to be so it’s a perfect fit,” added Haselbacher.
He also learned personal development while playing in the USPHL.
"Junior hockey helps you understand how to be a better player and person every day. You bond with your teammates over a long season and that bond will never go away,” he added.
It is those same bonds of friendship and family that will never go away, even when Haselbacher moves on to play at the collegiate level.
As he goes on, he will remember fondly his time with the Moose. He acknowledges the great coaching staff and the program itself for helping to prepare him for the next step. Aside from his time on the ice, Haselbacher appreciated all his teammates that made his time with the team so special.
Haselbacher would like to thank all the coaches, his family and everybody that has helped him get to where he is today and where he will go in the future.
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