March 18, 2019
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Scarborough forward commits to UMaine men’s hockey team

Bogdanovich has been a prominent name in University of Maine athletics.

And another member of the family is heading to Orono.

Max Bogdanovich has verbally committed to attend UMaine on a hockey scholarship.

He is following in the footsteps of his late grandfather, Ed, and his first cousins, Alexis and Erin.

Ed Bogdanovich is enshrined in the University of Maine Sports Hall of Fame following an outstanding football and track career. Alexis and Erin have been the last two America East softball Pitchers of the Year.

Erin is a senior this season.

Max Bogdanovich is a 6-foot-3, 208-pound winger who is a sophomore at Scarborough High School.

He plays for the Boston Junior Bruins 16-Under team in the United States Premier Hockey League.

It is a two-hour commute one way from Scarborough to the Junior Bruins’ facility in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

The 15-year-old Bogdanovich had 25 points in 62 games as one of the younger players in the league last season according to head coach Topher Bevis.

“I’m thrilled,” said Bogdanovich, who chose UMaine because of the “coaching staff and the style of play.”

UMaine plays a an aggressive, physical, in-your-face system.

“I’m that type of player … a power forward,” said Bogdanovich.

After receiving a scholarship offer from Maine last May, he decided to check out some other colleges.

“But I realized what Maine has to offer and that it was a no-brainer to go to Maine,” said Bogdanovich. “I wanted to go there ever since they offered me (a scholarship).”

He said he probably won’t attend UMaine until the 2020-2021 season.

Bevis, a former University of Massachusetts defenseman, said Bogdanovich is a prototypical blue collar power forward.

“He’s a raw talent. He will really fit in at Maine,” said Bevis. “He knows how to chip the puck into the defensive zone and hammer defensemen. He keeps it simple and isn’t afraid to go into the dirty areas. He could use some quickness but he has a lot of power in his stride once he gets going.

“He’s also very mature for his age,” added Bevis.

Bogdanovich said Bevis has been a “good resource” for him and he is hoping to receive an invitation to try out for the United States National Team Development Program team, which will hold a camp in March in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

If he doesn’t get to play for the NTDP Under-17 or Under-18 team, he would like to eventually play in the United States (Junior) Hockey League.

The son of Becky Bogdanovich and former Brown University standout shot-putter Paul Bogdanovich said he needs to “work on my hands and being more physical” so he doesn’t lose puck battles in the corners.

He also said he is happy to be following his grandfather and cousins to Orono.

“My family is pumped about it,” said Bogdanovich.

His participation at UMaine is contingent upon his being accepted by the school and meeting NCAA eligibility requirements.

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