Dubuque Fighting Saints forward Max McHugh has committed to play collegiate hockey at the University of Alabama-Huntsville beginning next season.
The 20-year-old forward is playing his first USHL season and has
recorded one assist and a plus-three rating thus far to help the Saints
to a 3-0-0 start. He was also a key piece for the team in August when
they traveled to Russia to compete in the 2013 Junior Club World Cup.
The forward netted a pair of goals over four games to help the Saints
capture a bronze medal at the international event. He was also selected
to serve as one of the team’s assistant captains this season.
McHugh is a native of Edgewood, Washington and played youth hockey with
the Seattle Admirals organization. He spent the last three seasons in
the NAHL playing for the Wenatchee Wild and was one of the league’s top
scorers in 2012-13, including tying for the league lead with eight
The University of Alabama-Huntsville is a new member of the WCHA and has five USHL alumni on the roster this season; Frank Misuraca (Lincoln Stars), Brandon Carlson (Dubuque/Lincoln/Fargo/Des Moines), Alex Carpenter (Tri-City/Chicago), Cody Marooney (Sioux City Musketeers), and C.J. Groh (Waterloo Black Hawks). In addition, head coach Mike Corbett
both played in the USHL for the Madison Capitols (1990-92) and served
on the coaching staff for the Sioux Falls Stampede in 2001-02.
(Nathan can be reached at email@example.com)