Friday, June 21, 2013 7:50 PM
Menominee's Aaron Maas will be a high school sophomore this fall, and he's already been noticed by pro and college hockey scouts.
Menominee’s Aaron Maas has been selected to play for the Milwaukee Junior Admirals hockey team.
Special to the EagleHerald
Maas has been named to the Milwaukee Junior Admirals 16-and-under AAA Midget team. A total of 58 players tried out, and Maas was among 17 players (15 skaters and two goalies) selected for the Admirals.
"I was a little nervous in the beginning but after I got on the ice it went away," Maas said.
He'll play center and defenseman for the Admirals, who begin practice in August. The season runs through mid-March.
The league has showcase tournaments to expose players to scouts from the NHL, USHL, and college hockey programs.
"It's kind of inspiring," Maas said. "It makes you work harder. It will help me get to the next level."
To prepare for the Admirals season, Maas is working on his shooting and stickhandling this summer. He's adding muscle to his 5-foot-8, 135-pound frame.
The Junior Admirals program was created under the aegis of USA Hockey to compete at the Tier 1 national level. The Admirals compete in an elite league against teams from Detroit, Chicago, Toronto, Chicago and Kansas City.
Milwaukee's Pettit National Ice Center is the Junior Admirals' home rink.
Last weekend, Maas competed in a USHL tryout camp in Des Moines, Iowa. About 30 were picked from more than 160 players at the invitation-only tryout. Maas, who was younger than most at the tryout, wasn't selected but gained valuable experience and exposure to scouts. He was picked to play in a Young Guns All-Star game. There were scouts from seven NHL teams, 22 Division 1 colleges and Division 3 colleges.
"I wasn't really going there expecting to make it," he said. "It was for the experience."
Maas is hoping to play Division 1 college hockey. "And possibly that could take me anywhere else," he said.