NAHL alum Michaelis signs NHL contract with Vancouver
March 20, 2020
The National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks have announced that they have signed Minnesota State senior forward and NAHL grad Marc Michaelis to a free agent contract.
Michaelis departs Minnesota State having racked up 71 goals and 91 assists for 162 points in 148 games. His point total ties for second all-time on the school's career scoring list and his goal total ranks first.
Recently announced as a top ten finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in the nation, Michaelis is this year's Western Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Year. The Mannheim, Germany native led Minnesota State in scoring on the season with 20-24--44, and while his point total tied for third in the country, he tied for second in the country in points per game (1.42).
Michaelis, who established a school record for career shorthanded goals with ten, led the WCHA in goals per game (0.65), points per game (1.42), power play points (21), shorthanded goals (three) and game-winning goals (five) this year. His shorthanded-goal total on the season also tied for the national lead.
The two-year team captain is a four-time All-WCHA First Team selection and this year's WCHA Forward of the Year. Michaelis was the WCHA Rookie of the Year in 2016-17.
Michaelis played in the NAHL during the 2014-15 season for the Minnesota Magicians. During that season, he committed to Minnesota State following his appearance at the 2014 NAHL Showcase. In 27 games with the Magicians that season, Michaelis posted 30 points (9 goals, 21 assists). Following his hot start to the season, Michaelis played for his home country of Germany at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championships.