50 Players, 50 Days: Max Osborne
May 27, 2020
During the current and unforeseen cancelation of the 2019-20 season, the players in the NAHL saw their seasons cut prematurely short. In some cases, players saw their junior hockey careers come to an end as well. However, the NAHL got together a decided to highlight some of those players, who were born in 1999 and were in their final season of playing junior hockey.
As a result, we present a new series entitled: 50 players in 50 days
50 players in 50 days will select 50 players from each of the 26 NAHL teams this past season that were born in 1999, are currently uncommitted, and deserve some recognition during their time spent playing and developing in the NAHL. Over the course of the next 50 days, we will take time out to look at their accomplishments, review their season, and provide some background on their NAHL careers. Players will be initially highlighted in alphabetical order by team. Enjoy!
Max Osborne, Defenseman, Kenai River Brown Bears
Kenai River Brown Bears and NAHL Top Prospects defenseman Max Osborne, 21, put a cap on a three-year NAHL career with another productive season from the blueline.
The 5’10/175 lbs. native of Anchorage, Alaska, began the season with the Springfield Jr. Blues, whom he had been with the previous two seasons. However, in mid-January, Osborne was traded from the Jr. Blues to Kenai River for the impending Brown Bears run towards the Robertson Cup Playoffs.
In 51 games played between Springfield and Kenai River during the 2019-20 season, Osborne recorded 25 points (8 goals, 17 assists), which included 10 points in 14 games with the Brown Bears.
Osborne was also selected to and played in the 2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the Midwest Division team, where he posted two assists in two games.
“We were fortunate to acquire Max in a trade after Christmas and his impact was immediately felt. Max is an extremely smart player, with great anticipation and ability to find and create seems. He works hard at both ends of the ice and is very poised under pressure. Max brings great energy to the rink every day and has worked hard to set himself up for success in college both academically and athletically,” said Brown Bears head coach Kevin Murdock.
Osborne began his NAHL career in 2017-18 with the Jr. Blues and put together an impressive rookie season with 13 points in 47 games. The next season, Osborne improved with 26 points in 59 games played during the 2018-19 campaign. Overall in 157 career NAHL games, Osborne has recorded 64 points.
Prior to playing in the NAHL, Osborne spent two seasons playing prep school hockey for the New Hampton School.