Kenai River defenseman Osborne makes NCAA D1 commitment
The Kenai River Brown Bears of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that Top Prospects defenseman Max Osborne has committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey for the University of St. Thomas.
St. Thomas University in Minnesota was cleared to become Division I school on July 15. It's the first school to reclassify from D-III to D-I in the NCAA's modern era. The school will transition over the course of the upcoming academic year, and begin play in Division I in all sports in 2021-22.
Osborne, 21, put a cap on a three-year NAHL career with another productive season from the blueline in 2019-20. 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 are very excited for Max to earn this commitment and become part of St. Thomas University’s transition to NCAA Division 1 college hockey. Max was a great addition to our team this season after Christmas, and made an immediate impact. He is an outstanding human and there is no doubt he will be very successful as he moves onto college hockey,” 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.