The Colorado Thunderbirds program announced Max Gerlach, son of Paul and Stacy Gerlach, has committed to play college hockey for the University of North Dakota of the NCHC following completion of his junior hockey career.
A Flower Mound native, Gerlach, 16, has been living with Adam and Jenn Foote as his host family while playing for the Colorado Thunderbirds AAA Hockey program. Gerlach plays forward for the Thunderbirds 16U National team and was a futures draft pick of USHL Fargo Force as well as being selected by Medicine Hat Tigers in the WHL Bantam draft.
“Max is one of the most natural and pure offensive talents our program has ever seen. His hard work commitment to learn how to play away from the puck is what has allowed him to develop into an elite player. It has been very rewarding to see his maturation process as a player from his 14U year until now. Both Fargo and North Dakota will be getting highly skilled player that will greatly enhance their proud programs” said Angelo Ricci, director of Hockey Operations/16U National Head Coach, in a news release.
Gerlach is the fourth player to commit to play college hockey from the 16U National team, according to the news release.