Recruiting: Max Harper commits to Air Force

Photo by Michael Caples/MiHockey

Photo by Michael Caples/MiHockey

 

By @MichaelCaples –

Former Rochester United standout Max Harper is taking his game to new heights.

Sorry, couldn’t resist the pun.

Harper, a Rochester Hills native, has committed to the hockey program that represents the United States Air Force Academy for his college hockey career.

“Air Force is a great fit for me on and off the ice,” Harper said. “The academic standard at the academy is something that was very important to me when I was making my decision.”

Harper is currently skating for the Topeka RoadRunners of the NAHL. In the midst of his second junior season, he has produced 25 points in 36 games – one point away from matching his output from last season in 20 less games.

“Max is a great story,” said Topeka head coach Josh Kamrass via the NAHL. “He came in here as a shy kid, and has turned into a very self-confident young man. Air Force is getting a class act, and we are proud of him. On the ice, he has figured things out and we think he will continue to grow as a player. His ceiling is pretty high.”

Harper said it was committing to Air Force was as much a decision for life outside the game as it was for where to play college hockey.

“The Air Force will be a great place for me to develop as a person and put me in a great situation to have success for the rest of my life. I’m excited to have the opportunity to continue my hockey career with such a great program.”