Tauros 20 Question: #3 Max Mettler

By: Ken Oda, minotauroshockey.com

As the season approaches we will be giving you a chance to meet the new Tauros as well as learn a little more about the returning players by asking them 20 questions.  We will be going in number order; yesterday we profiled Johnny Walker and today we hear from Max Mettler. Come back tomorrow to hear from Martin Aune.

Max Mettler had a sneaky good season for the Minotauros last season.  Often hidden in the shadow of teammates with flashier numbers at the offensive end Mettler proved to be a steady force as a rookie.  He finished the year a with a +7 rating.  His consistent defensive play starts from knowing where to be on the ice.  Mettler is rarely out of position meaning he does not have to take penalties as a result of getting beat, his 16 pims was good for the second fewest on the team among players who played more than 20 games.

Aside from being a dependable defenseman in the Tauros’ zone Mettler added 12 points (3g 9a) on the season.  A game-winning goal on December 12th in Brookings kicked off his best offensive stretch of the season.  Over 12 games Mettler had three goals and four assists with a +11 rating.  Mettler also provided offense in the Tauros most important win of the season with a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win over Austin in the fourth game of the Central Division finals, to force the best of five series to a fifth game. 

From the Coach’s Office: Just as we'd hoped, Max was a player that got better as the season wore on last year. Max is a big, strong defenseman that is dependable in both ends of the rink.  He is a great teammate and we will lean on him at important times of games.  – Head Coach Marty Murray

20 Questions

Do you have a nickname: Metty/Metts

Older/younger siblings: Only child

Favorite NHL team/player: St. Louis Blues/David Backes

Why (if you did) did you pick your number: I was given 3 at the beginning of last season and decided to stick with it.

Pregame routine: Pregame nap, drive to the rink a certain way for home games, stretch and visualize.

Ideal pregame meal: Chicken breast and quinoa with broccoli and blueberries. Coconut water. 

Any hockey superstitions: Don't step on the logo.

Best hockey memory: Section championship senior year. 

Personal goals for this season: Be a team player, play both sides of the puck, and play in every game.

Favorite school subject: Anatomy.

Favorite vacation spot: Somewhere on a lake.

Favorite zoo animal: Koala Bear

Favorite junk food: None

Favorite musician: Avicii

What song would you sing for Karaoke: Free Bird

Favorite cartoon as a kid: Clifford The Big Red Dog

Hidden talent: Exceptional frisbee thrower, above average kite flyer. 

Who is your dream date: Rachel McAdams

Who would play you in a movie: Tom Cruise

If you could go back in time when/where would you go: Game 5 in Austin last season…