by Jashvina Shah
Max Becker saw his first pair of skates when he was two years old. They were a Fisher Price model, $15, composed of plastic and sitting on the shelf at Toys “R” Us.
Becker was fascinated by the skates.
But his mom, Carolyn, wouldn’t buy the pair. So Max picked up the skates and carried them with him throughout the store. Finally, Carolyn bought them.
“I skated on them everyday in our like living room and then eventually they just put me on ice,” Becker said.
The next two decades of hockey took Becker on a journey from his native Southern California to hockey-centric Minnesota, famed Shattuck St. Mary’s, the BCHL and eventually Princeton hockey.
“He’s a mix between a skilled forward and a hard worker,” Becker’s Shattuck teammate Andrew Farny said. “He has the skill set of a skilled forward but he doesn’t just rely on that.”