ROGERS– With this first edition of recruiting reports for Prep Hockey Minnesota, we catch up with a left-winger of the Rogers Royals, Max Menne. Menne defines the term an up and comer and we were able to chat with him about his hockey journey, his recruiting interest and more.
Position: Left Wing
Get to Know Max Menne
As a left-winger for the Royals, Menne focuses on multiple avenues on his game with a strong shot at the net, a powerful stride with the skates, and making sure the puck stays with him as he “is a fighter” for the puck. Menne has a teammate mentality as a winger always feeding his teammates for quality shots at the net but he’s also not afraid to put the puck in the back of the net himself. His biggest strength on the ice is his explosiveness with the speed to get up the ice to score or get into playmaking areas to give his teams a clutch assist.
Bests about Left Winger
“Having the power to get up and down the ice,” Menne told Prep Hockey Minnesota about the best part as being a winger for the Royals. Menne has a team-first attitude, wanting to drive the Royals to the best possible at all times. Even as a winger, Menne is certainly not afraid to help out his goal with blocked shots.
College Interest/Elevator Pitch
Menne told Prep Hockey Minnesota he plans on playing college hockey and plans on keeping it that way. His interest is very light at the moment hearing from a few programs but that’s, of course, going to change as just a sophomore. One thing we like to do in our recruiting reports for Prep Hockey Minnesota is getting an elevator pitch from each player. This is a way to upsell yourself as a player to a college program that might be reading this. This is what Max Menne of the Rogers Royals had to say:
For coaches or scouts reading this, I can bring physicality, skill, hard work, effort, power, scoring, and leadership to your program.
Max’s Work Ons
We like to ask what players are working on during the offseason and what their coaches have requested they work on in the offseason. For Max Menne, it was more the mental part of his game, focusing on his confidence. Another item Max has worked on from his coaches’ advice is edge drills this offseason.
Finding a great mentor on the ice is crucial to any player’s success and Menne has a former Royal in his corner. Mitch Becker, who plays in the NAHL for the New Mexico Ice Wolves, is a strong 6’3 220-pound defenseman on skates that Menne has been training within the summer for the last five years. Menne said Becker’s leadership has influenced him to become a better teammate on the ice. “He helps me in not just hockey, but in life and I’m very lucky and thankful for him,” Menne said about his mentor in Becker.
What Menne Learned About Himself As a Player
“I learned things are only getting harder as time goes on,” Menne said about learning from the 2019 season. Menne is well aware that if he wants to play next level college hockey he needs to step up his puck game and to keep that great work ethic he has. As his individual goal, he looks to score a minimum of 25 points next season for the Royal’s hockey program.