Max Ellis Commits to the University of Notre Dame
YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Phantoms’ forward, Max Ellis, announced his commitment to play for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, following his time in the United States Hockey League (USHL).
Ellis of Plymouth, Michigan, joined the Phantoms this season from his previous team Honeybaked U16. Ellis has played in 42 games with the Phantoms in his first year in the USHL as a high school junior, where he has tallied 5 goals and 11 assists this season so far.
“I chose Notre Dame because it was the best fit for me. The academics and hockey are amazing.” Ellis said. “Also with Notre Dame going to the Big Ten I will be close to my family and play in great conference.”
Ellis will follow current teammate Pierce Crawford at Notre Dame, and also join Phantoms’ alum and former USHL Rookie of the Year and 2016 Colorado Avalanche second round draft choice Cameron Morrison (Phantoms 2015-2016).
“We’re obviously very proud of Max Ellis and his decision.” Said General Manager Jason Koehler. “We saw loved what we saw in Max last season as an extremely gifted offensive scoring threat, hence we signed him to a USHL tender to make sure he became part of our program and family before heading to college. Max keeps getting better as he plays games and gets comfortable and adjusted here and we see flashes of a player that has the ability to be a top scorer in our league in the near future like some of our previous dynamic forwards our club has been fortunate to have in Youngstown and develop into the elite college players and NHL / pro prospects.”
“We’re happy to have Max commit to such a great institution like Notre Dame.” Koehler said. “It’s not easy to impress the staff at South Bend, but Max has worked hard on the ice and in the classroom in order to put himself in a situation like this and a great opportunity is in front of him because of it.”
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