A.J. Michaelson
A.J.  Michaelson


Apple Valley, Minn.

High School:
Apple Valley

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 194


Waterloo - USHL


Gophers Earn Academic All-B1G Laurels

The Big Ten Conference has recognized 69 student-athletes from the University of Minnesota as Academic All-Big Ten honorees.


Gophers Earn Academic All-B1G Laurels

The Big Ten Conference has recognized 69 student-athletes from the University of Minnesota as Academic All-Big Ten honorees.


Gophers Capture Fifth-Straight Conference Title

Minnesota rallied off four-straight goals to tie an NCAA record with its fifth-straight conference crown.


Around the Dasher: A.J. Michaelson

A native of Apple Valley, Minn., Michaelson has appeared in 83 games for the Maroon & Gold with 12 points (five goals, seven assists).


Rinkside: Michaelson Against the Catamounts

Check out this week's edition of Rinkside to learn more about A.J. Michaelson, Saturday's banner unveilings, the Minnesota goaltending corps, and Coach Lucia's Twitter.


Minnesota Routs UMD

The Gopher hockey team routed UMD, 6-1, at Mariucci Arena.


Gophers Sweep Beavers

Ben Marshall scored with less than a minute to play to send Minnesota past Bemidji State, 4-3.


Gophers Sweep Seawolves

Paced by Kyle Rau's hat trick, the Gophers swept Alaska Anchorage with a 7-1 win.


Big 10 Semifinal

Big 10 Tournament Semifinal game vs. Ohio State.


MHK vs. Vermont 10.10.2015

Men's Hockey Home Opener vs. Vermont

Skated for the Gophers from 2012-16, helping the Gophers to four-straight regula-season conference titles as well as the 2015 Big Ten playoff title • also helped Minnesota earn three NCAA tournament berths including an appearance in the 2014 NCAA national championship game • played in 91 career games with 12 points (five goals, seven assists) • four-year letter winner • Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2015, 2016) • recipient of the Donald M. Clark Community Service Award (2015).

Skated in 21 games as a senior including the regular-season finale as the Gophers captured the Big Ten regular-season championship • totaled one point on the year, picking up an assist to spark a three-goal rally for the Gophers in Minnesota's 3-2 win over Ohio State in the Big Ten opener • Academic All-Big Ten honoree • earned fourth letter. 


Appeared in 34 games for the Maroon & Gold as a junior • totaled two points, a goal and an assist in his junior campaign • tallied his first point, an assist, in a 2-3 loss to Merrimack in the Mariucci Classic • scored his first goal in a 5-7 road loss at Michigan • Academic All-Big Ten honoree • earned the team’s Donald M. Clark Community Service Award • earned third letter.

Appeared in 14 games for the Gophers • totaled three points (one goal, two assists) • made his season debut in Minnesota's opener against Mercyhurst • tallied an assist in the Gophers' 3-2 win over New Hampshire to capture the Ice Breaker Tournament title • scored in the Gophers' 6-1 win over Minnesota Duluth • assisted on a Minnesota goal in a 3-2 victory over Penn State • earned second letter.

Appeared in 22 games for the Gophers as a freshman in 2012-13 • collected six points (three goals, three assists) and is currently a +4 • appeared in his first college game in a 5-1 victory over Michigan State (10/12) • recorded his first point as a Gopher when he assisted on a Seth Ambroz goal at Vermont (11/23) • scored the game-winning goal, the first goal of his college career, in a 3-1 victory at Vermont (11/24) • assisted on a Christian Isackson goal against Notre Dame to pick up his second assist of the season. (1/8) • netted the second goal of his career in a 7-1 victory over Alaska Anchorage. He was also a +2 on the night. (1/12) • registered an assist on a Justin Holl goal against Bemidji State. He dug the puck of the corner and found Holl in the slot (3/8) • netted the game-tying goal in the third period of game two of the WCHA playoff series against Bemidji State (3/16) • earned first letter.

Played for the third-place United States at the 2011 World Junior A Hockey Challenge in Langley, B.C., skating with fellow Gopher Mike Reilly • Recorded three assists in four games and won a gold medal skating for Team USA at the 2010 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament in Huttwil, Switzerland.

Played the 2011-12 season for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL, coached by P.K. O'Handley • followed a 20-point regular season with seven points in a 15-game run to the Clark Cup final • participated in the 2012 CCM USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Muskegon, Mich. • played six games for the Black Hawks after completing high school season in 2010-11 • played three years of prep hockey at Apple Valley for coach Jerry Hayes • put up a school-record 62 points in his final season with the team • left as his high school's fourth all-time leading point-scorer (121) and second all-time leading goal scorer (62), winning two team MVP awards • helped lead the Eagles to a Section 3AA championship in 2009-10 and was named team captain for the following season • in 2011-12, was an all-state honorable mention honoree, was named to the All-Lake Conference team, and won Apple Valley's Bird of Prey Award • earned the Eagles' Rookie of the Year Award in 2008-09 • also played golf in high school • reached the state tournament and was named Team MVP in his sophomore year and was team's captain for the following year.

Honor roll student at Apple Valley • hobbies include golfing, fishing, and going to his cabin • most memorable sports thrills were playing in the Minnesota state high school hockey tournament and the USHL's Clark Cup final • son of Jeff and Kris Michaelson • born Feb. 8, 1994.


2018 Gopher Hockey NHL Draft Guide

2018 Gopher Hockey NHL Draft Guide

6/15/2018 - M. Ice Hockey

The 2018 NHL Entry Draft is slated for June 22-23 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Peters, Szmatula Earn B1G Sportsmanship Award

Peters, Szmatula Earn B1G Sportsmanship Award

6/7/2018 - M. Ice Hockey

The accolade recognizes 28 standouts out of more than 350 students honored throughout the academic year for displaying positive sportsmanship.

From Golden Gophers to Golden Knights

From Golden Gophers to Golden Knights

5/28/2018 - M. Ice Hockey

The seemingly Odd Couple, former Gopher Hockey teammates Nate Schmidt and Erik Haula have Vegas' band of Golden Misfits four wins away from the Stanley Cup in their inaugural season.

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