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Central Illinois Flying Aces forward Max Andreev has announced his commitment to play NCAA Division I hockey at Cornell University.
“It feels unbelievable,” Andreev said. “I’m just excited to have the opportunity to play at one of the best hockey programs and to go to school at Cornell.”
In his first season with the Flying Aces and in the USHL, Andreev is the first player on the team’s roster to commit during the 2017-18 season. With Andreev making his college commitment, Central Illinois has 17 players who have committed to NCAA Division I programs.
“As soon as I came to the states, I talked to my advisor and I asked what my best chance was to play pro hockey,” Andreev said. “And he was like, ‘You should go to college. You’re a smart kid.’ I was looking toward going to college from my first season in the states and doing all the work, getting ready for it and doing all the tests.”
Andreev has had one of the best starts to a season for any player in the Flying Aces’ four-year history as a member of the USHL. A native of Moscow, Russia, Andreev is currently riding a five-game point streak to start the season and is tied for the league lead with eight points on one goal and a league-leading seven assists. His five-game point streak to start the campaign is the longest such streak to start a season in team history.
Andreev is one of two Flying Aces players with a commitment to an Ivy League school, joining defenseman Sebastian Dirven as a Cornell commit.
“He’s worked very hard at his schooling and the transition from coming from Russia,” said Mike Watt, the Flying Aces head coach and general manager. “Cornell is obviously a very prestigious academic institution and for a player from Russia to be able to go there and play hockey at the same time is a credit to Max.”
Andreev was selected in the fourth round, 54th overall by the Flying Aces in the 2017 USHL Phase II Draft. Prior to his time in the USHL, he played for the New Jersey Junior Titans (NAHL) and New York Bobcats (EHL).
Including the three years the team was known as the Bloomington Thunder, the Flying Aces have had 26 players make a college commitment during the season. During the 2016-17 campaign, the then-Thunder had seven players commit while with the team. The organization has 34 former players currently playing at the NCAA Division I level.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 16th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2017-18. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in five consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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