Playing out of Plant High School’s, on the Team Metropolit JV Squad, Max Metropolit is looking to join the LHSHL for the same reason many players have entering their first year of high school hockey - get better and see what doors open. Max’s father, Glen Metropolit is a Tampa Bay Lightning Alumni, and that means Max got onto skates at a young age.
He first started skating when he was just a toddler but after moving to Northwest Florida when he was 9, Max started focusing on Lacrosse partly in fact due to there not being an ice rink nearby. Max moved to Tampa this summer and is a Freshman at Plant high school. Moving back into an area with ice hockey in its identity, it will be exciting to see where Max will be in the league with a little bit of hard work and some time. I had the opportunity to chat with him at Clearwater Ice Arena this past Tuesday after his JV Practice. Get to know the player inside the helmet.
“I’m a freshman at Plant High School and my favorite food is anything with chicken. I’m a left handed shot in hockey and I prefer to use a Cirelli curve and CCM gear” I asked Max what it was like so far with his experiences in the league and he was shot straight to the point, “This is my first experience playing hockey in Florida and I’m happy to be back playing hockey after taking a few years off. We’re only a few practices in but so far I really like the guys and the coaches are great.” We’ll see if the coaches comment wins him some brownie points at family dinner.
I always enjoy hearing what goals young players have in mind as a freshman, and Max knows exactly where he wants to be, “As a freshman I want to make sure I excel in school and see if I can add a bit of a scoring touch to help my team win some games. For the long term I want to see where hockey takes me. I’m not afraid of working hard and I know what it takes.” Max finished the interview with a message to other players in the league, “Try your best when you’re on and off the ice. Hockey is a hard sport but don’t be afraid to work hard and make sure you always stay on track to graduate and keep your grades up.” Max will be an exciting player to follow through his years in the LHSHL and we look forward to tracking his journey.