Max Gratchev was born in Novosibirsk, Russia in 1988, and moved to the Boston area in 1993, at the age of five years old. He has been in the game of hockey his entire life. He started off by playing locally for the South Shore Kings. At the age of thirteen, he became the first eighth grader player to ever play and win a Super 8 Championship with the Catholic Memorial varsity hockey team. The following season, he was chosen to represent Thayer Academy, as well as the Russian National Team. He had an outstanding season accumulating fifty-five points and being named the ISL Coaches Honorable Player’s list as a freshman. He was also able to attain the “Player of the Tournament” in the Four Nations Cup for Team Russia. At the age of fifteen, he was drafted by Hall of Fame player Patrick Roy and the Quebec Remparts 19th overall in the QMJHL Draft. In 2007, after many years of training, Max reached his dream of being drafted to the NHL by the New York Islanders in the fourth round. He went on to play six seasons professionally with the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Russian KHL.
Both the Russian and North American styles of play heavily influenced Max’s hockey training. The Russian approach revolves heavily around skill, speed, playmaking, and passing, while the North American approach is about tenacity, aggression, and grit. Thus, his style of coaching incorporates both approaches. Today, Max runs MaxPro Hockey Club, and the MaxPro Jets teams, out of Somerville, MA. MaxPro Hockey Club has had numerous alumni play at the professional level, including in the NHL. Max now dedicates his considerable skills, knowledge, and experience from his own hockey career, to teaching young hockey players in the New England area and beyond.
2021-Current: MSG Sports Post-Game Media Analyst for New York Rangers
2020-Current: Buckingham Browne & Nichols Assistant Coach
2014: Founded MaxPro Hockey Club
2012-2013: Sibir Hockey Club (KHL Russia)
2011-2012: Ottawa Senators Organization (NHL)
2010-2011: Severstal Hockey Club (KHL Russia)
2008-2010: New York Islanders Organization (NHL)
2007: NHL Entry Draft (4th round, 106th Overall, New York Islanders)
2004-2008: Russian National Team (U15, U16, U17, U18)
2004: QMJHL Draftee, 19th Overalls, Quebec Remparts
2004: Thayer Academy ISL Champions (9th Grade)
2003: Catholic Memorial Super 8 Champions (8th Grade)
1994: South Shore Kings in EHF League