North Iowa forward Scott makes NCAA DI commitment
The North Iowa Bulls, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are excited to announce that forward Max Scott has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Brown University, a member of ECAC Hockey. He becomes the first active North Iowa player to announce an NCAA commitment this season, and the first player in Bulls history to commit to an Ivy League member school.
“The education was a huge part (of my decision),” said Scott. “They’re in the Ivy League, so they’ve got a great program and it’s going to set me up for success. The campus is very impressive – they’ve got an old-style barn but everything is brand-new in terms of the locker room and the facilities at the rink.”
The San Jose, California native played for the San Jose Jr. Sharks and Lake Forest Academy in suburban Chicago prior to beginning his junior career, and is in his third year in the Bulls organization. Scott joined the Bulls for their final season in Amarillo in 2020-21, posting his first junior goal in only his second game and finishing with nine points on the season. He took his game to the next level last year, remaining with the Bulls in their move to Mason City and notching 27 points in 41 games. He has already registered three more points for North Iowa this season, appearing in five games.
Scott is on track to appear in his 100th NAHL contest later this season, and has already passed the 100-game plateau for his junior career thanks to a 13-game stint last year with the United States Hockey League’s Lincoln Stars.
“We are very excited for Max Scott’s commitment to Brown University,” said North Iowa head coach Todd Sanden. “This is an opportunity for Max to attend an esteemed academic institution and also continue his hockey development. Max is a consummate leader on and off the ice. His attitude, effort and determination separate him from many players at this level.”
Scott made his decision to attend Brown earlier this week, but received his offer at the NAHL Showcase, one of the premier events in junior hockey for fans and scouts. More than 300 college, professional, and junior scouts attend the Showcase each year, and dozens of players earn an NCAA Division I opportunity annually during and shortly after the event.
“That was my first offer, after our game against Janesville,” said Scott. “It was great to have that, and they see me playing a big part on their team. Hopefully, we can make a run and have a good season (next year).”
He now stands to join a Bears team coached by Brown alumnus Brendan Whittet, who brings to the table more than a quarter-century of coaching experience at Ivy League schools. Prior to taking the head coaching position at his alma mater in 2009, Whittet spent three years as a Bears assistant and 11 more as an assistant coach at Dartmouth. As an assistant with the Big Green, he helped lead the program to 166 wins and seven straight winning campaigns.
Upon attending Brown, Scott says he intends to pursue a degree in business or economics.