Mason Appleton


Green Bay Wisconsin

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6th round (168th overall), 2015


193 lbs.

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2010-11: Mason Appleton was the third-leading scorer for Ashwaubenon High School in Wisconsin as a freshman. In 26 games he scored 15 goals with 23 assists and 12 penalty minutes, including 2 goals and 5 assists in three playoff games. Ashwaubenon reached the Section 5 final, falling 4-3 to Notre Dame Academy in overtime. 

2011-12: Appleton went from Ashwaubenon to rival Notre Dame Academy for his sophomore season. Joined by younger brother Collin, a freshman, he was the second-leading scorer for the state champion Tritons during the regular season behind Brett Gruber (55 points). He scored 10 goals with 32 assists and 15 penalty minutes in 24 regular season games. NDA defeated Bay Port, 2-0, in the Section 5 final and topped Superior and Verona to reach the state championship game, defeating Wausau West, 3-2. In six post-season games Appleton scored 2 goals with 3 assists. 

2012-13: Appleton was again the second-leading scorer for Notre Dame Academy as the Tritons dominated Wisconsin high school hockey for much of the season. The junior scored 20 goals with 25 assists in 28 games. NDA won its first 20 games before tying Green Bay United, including a 7-0 win over Verona, and suffered its only loss of the regular season against Detroit Catholic Central. The Tritons rolled through the Section 5 tournament, winning the final 11-0, and won its first game of the state tournament by a 7-0 score before falling to Verona, 5-2, in the semifinals. Appleton attended USA Hockey’s Select 17 Camp, recording 1 assist in five games during tournament play. 

2013-14: Appleton was an assistant captain for Notre Dame Academy in his senior season after skating for Team Wisconsin in the Upper Midwest Elite High School League in the fall. The second-leading scorer for the Tritons behind junior Sam McCormick, Appleton scored 30 goals with 40 assists and 20 penalty minutes in 28 games. NDA once again dominated Wisconsin high school hockey, finishing the regular season 22-1 and winning the Section 5 tournament before falling to Verona in the state semifinals for the second straight season. Appleton scored 2 goals with 9 assists and 16 penalty minutes in 24 games for Team Wisconsin. He was selected by Tri-City in the first round (third overall) in the 2014 USHL Entry Draft. Appleton committed to playing college hockey at Michigan State in 2015-16 in July 2014.  

2014-15: Appleton was the sixth-leading scorer for Tri-City in his first USHL season and was third on the Storm with 28 assists, four behind team leader Bobby Nardella (32). He scored 12 goals and was -3 with 84 penalty minutes in 54 regular season games. Tri-City finished second to Sioux City in the Western Conference and lost to the Musketeers in the conference finals. Appleton scored 4 goals with 4 assists and was -8 with 12 penalty minutes in seven playoff games. In his second year of draft eligibility, he was not among the 210 North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings. Appleton was selected by Winnipeg in the sixth round (168th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. 

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