2006-07: Played his junior season at Little Falls H.S. where he was an All-State, All-Section and All-Conference award winner. Festler set a team record at Little Falls with 136 goals during his high school career. The team captain also led all MSHSL players in 2006-07 with 125 points (71g/54a). Selected by the Lincoln Stars in the 3rd round of the 2006 USHL Entry Draft with the 31st overall pick.
2007-08: Joined the Lincoln Stars for his first season in the USHL, where he made a swift transition and helped Lincoln shake their rough start to the year. Played for Team USA at the 2007 World Junior A Challenge. Named to Western Division team for the USHL Prospects/All-Star Game.
2008-09: Festler led the Huskies in freshman scoring with 17 points (seven goals, ten assists) in 27 appearances despite missing 11 games due to a high ankle sprain. He was the co-recipient of the team’s Roland Vandell Award as the top rookie.
Festler is a winger who is blessed with quick hands and quick feet. He possesses a good burst of speed and accelerates very well. One of Festler’s best assets is his hands. He can distribute the puck and get his shots off very quickly. Coupled with his ability to see the ice well and his hockey sense, he can be quite dangerous when the puck is on his stick. While Festler he will play the body when necessary, he could stand to do it more often.