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July 14, 2013

Around the Horn: Max Prawdzik, Brooks hockey

Michael Muldoon
mmuldoon@eagletribune.com

---- — 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.”

Do you play any other sports? “I played on the JV lacrosse team. I play a little bit of tennis and golf over the summer. I make time for other things. You have to keep things fresh. It can’t be all hockey all the time. So you can come back and be excited.”

What’s been the lowest point of your career? “I wasn’t picked for the national camp. Also, this year I got mono during the Brooks season. It was before winter break so I was able to come back. It sucked to sit out.”

It’s awfully early, but are you looking at any schools? “I’m definitely keeping my options open. I’m interested in the Q (Quebec Major Hockey League) and USHL. Down the road, I’ve always dreamt of hockey East. Every Boston kid dreams of a Beanpot or Hockey East school.”

Do you do anything else at Brooks? “I’ve been a rep on the student government for three years.”

What’s something people don’t know about you? “Most people don’t know I like to fish a lot.”

What’s the biggest you’ve ever fought? “We went deep sea fishing at the Cape. I was 8. I caught like a 48-inch striped bass. It was the biggest one in the family. My brothers won’t admit it. My uncle Nick will back me up!”

Are you from an athletic family? “My brother Ben is at Yale and Daniel is at Northeastern. All my brothers played hockey. Daniel plays club hockey.”

Is there anyone you emulate or admire? “At my camp I meet a lot of college goalies who are really nice guys. One guy is Josh Harding of the Minnesota Wild, who has MS. It’s amazing he’s overcome that. I like Sam Marotta and Rasmus Tirronen at Merrimack.”

What is your pet peeve? “I don’t like being late and having to scramble. So I don’t like traffic on the way to school.”

Do you have a nickname? “Maxie Dog or Maxie.”

Do you have any pets? “I had a dog when I was younger but it passed away. I’d like a dog but my dad is not a real dog person.”

Have you ever met anybody famous? “When I was younger I was at a Bruins game and a woman asked us if we wanted to high-five the Bruins. I high-fived Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara. At a Sox game once I was screaming to Jacoby Ellsbury and he threw me a foul ball.”

What is the most embarrassing song you have in your iPod? “The hockey team put a video together to get kids to come to opening night. It was us dancing around. It was goofy and embarrassing. The theme song was ‘Die Young’ by Kesha.”

If you were named headmaster, what’s the first thing you’d do? “Air conditioning in the academic buildings and take away Saturday classes but I’m pretty happy. And build a practice rink for the hockey team.”

Maxie’s FAVORITES

Group or singer: Randy Houser

Song: Crash My Party by Luke Bryan

Book: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Website: Twitter and USHR.com, which does a lot on prep school hockey

App: Poker on my phone

Actor-actress: Mark Wahlberg

Movie: The Purge and Miracle is a classic

TV show: The Office

Athlete: Cory Schneider, he’s a local kid and played for my goalie coach. I’ve met him a couple different times

Food: Gnocchi and chicken marsala

Car: Audi sports car and a Jeep

Restaurant: Benevento’s in the North End

Teacher: Mr. (Nabil) Alami for AP history