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July 14, 2013

Around the Horn: Max Prawdzik, Brooks hockey

Young athletes dream of getting drafted. Well, Max Prawdzik of Andover already has been drafted twice.

He was drafted in the seventh round (124th overall) by the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and in the 15th round (212th overall) by the Tri-City Storm of the USHL.

The 16-year-old Prawdzik, a 6-3, 155-pound hockey goalie, is entering his junior year at Brooks.

Last winter he helped the Green and White to the New England Prep Small School title. Splitting time in net, he posted a 6-3-2 record with a .915 save percentage en route to honorable mention All-ISL Eberhart honors.

In this week’s Around the Horn, Prawdzik talks about his goaltending idols, why he’s a big Jacoby Ellsbury fan and the giant fish he insists he caught.

What does it mean to be chosen in two drafts? “It’s really humbling. It’s definitely flattering when somebody picks you. It pushes me to work harder. When you have success you want more knowing I might have a chance to play for one of these teams in the future.”

Is it a busy summer ahead? “It will be a lot of hockey over the summer. I’m lifting four times a week and skating two times with my goalie coach Brian Daccord.

“I’m playing in some local tourneys and showcases. I came back from Las Vegas a couple weeks ago with the Tri-City Storm. I have the Gatineau Olympiques camp in a couple of weeks, too. There will be some real top-notch talent.”

What’s your favorite personal athletic achievement? “We won the New England championship at Brooks, the first one ever. My brother went to Pingree. They’d play Brooks and Brooks wasn’t that strong. It’s interesting to be part of a program on the rise. It’s special to be a part of.”

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