St. Cloud, MN – The St. Cloud State University Huskies picked up another commitment with the addition of 16 year-old (9/1/03) Hartland, Wisconsin native Max Montes on August 19. Hartland is a suburb of Milwaukee, WI. This follows the commitment of another forward from the Badger State, Jonah Aegerter of Janesville, WI a week ago. Montes is a 5’8″ 150 pound left-shooting forward who put up an incredible 79 goals and 86 assists for 165 points in 75 games for the Milwaukee Junior Admirals of the Tier I U16 Elite Hockey League in 2019-20. In three seasons, he compiled 206 points in 111 games. He also logged one game for the Janesville Jets of the NAHL and one game for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League. Montes was selected with the 80th pick by the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the 2019 USHL Phase I Draft and #262 by the London Knights in the 2019 Ontario Hockey League Draft.
Montes is another undersized forward but makes up for it with his speed and skill. Neutral Zone, a prominent amateur scouting service describes Montes as “having a high level of skill and a lot of speed. (He’s an) exciting player who seems to have the puck on his stick at all times. He’s super shifty, elusive and creative with the puck and fun to watch. He drives to the net and uses his quick release in the slot area. He has great vision and smarts to set up his teammates and does a great job of controlling the power play. He also has a bit of feistiness to his game and does not back down.”
Montes is headed to the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League for the 2020-21 season. The League recently announced tentative plans to start their season on November 6th with pre-season games to start in mid October.
Word is Montes chose the Huskies over fellow NCHC teams Denver and Omaha and independent, Arizona State University.
It’s likely Montes will join the Huskies in 2022 .