2008-09: Max McCormick was the fifth-leading scorer in Wisconsin high school hockey with 19 goals and 38 assists in 18 games as a junior at Green Bay’s Notre Dame Academy.
2009-10: McCormick was named Wisconsin’s Mr. Hockey and Notre Dame Academy finished with a record of 27-2 en route to the semifinals of the Wisconsin state tournament. McCormick scored all three Notre Dame goals in the Tritons’ 4-3 loss to eventual state champion University School of Milwaukee and finished the year with 38 goals and 37 assists in 29 games. McCormick was the leading scorer for Team Wisconsin at the Minnesota NIT tournament in April, scoring 5 goals with 4 assists in four games. McCormick was selected in the first round (5th overall) by Sioux City in the 2010 USHL Entry Draft
2010-11: McCormick scored 21 goals with 21 assists with a +6 plus-minus and accumulated 102 PMs in 55 games as a USHL rookie with the Musketeers. In three playoff games, he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and 4 PMs and an even plus-minus. McCormick participated in the World Junior A Challenge, scoring 1 goal with 2 assists in four games as the US Select Team (all USHL players) defeated Canada East, 6-4, in the championship game. McCormick committed to playing college hockey at Ohio State and was selected in the 6th round (171st overall) by the Ottawa Senators in the 2011 NHL Draft.
A teammate of fellow Senators’ draft pick Ryan Dzingel at Ohio State, McCormick played in 27 games as a freshman, missing six games due to injury. He was named to the CCHA All-Rookie team after scoring 10 goals with 12 assists and was minus-six with 31 penalty minutes. Six of his 10 goals came on the Buckeyes power play. After starting the season 14-4-1, Ohio State struggled in the second half – winning just once in its last 16 games and finishing tied for eighth in the CCHA; falling to Notre Dame a first round playoff series.
2012-13: McCormick was the third-leading scorer for Ohio State in his sophomore season behind fellow Senators’ prospect Ryan Dzingel and sophomore Tanner Fritz. He scored 15 goals with 16 assists in 40 games and was -1 with 26 penalty minutes. The Buckeyes struggled around .500 for most of the year but finished fourth in the final year of the CCHA and lost to Notre Dame in the league tournament semifinals to finish 16-17-7.
McCormick dominated at the high school level and proved that he could play the tougher style of junior hockey in his year with SiouxCity, leading his team in penalty minutes. While no one of area of his game is exceptional, he plays an honest two-way game. Offensively, his shooting ability is his biggest strength, and he is also a play-maker who recognizes open areas and can distribute the puck efffectively.
McCormick, along with Senators' prospect Ryan Dzingel, is playing for Ohio State in 2013-14. Long-term, his high end potential is probably that of a second or third line forward with some offensive ability and an effective two-way game.