15 A.J. Michaelson  
A.J.  Michaelson

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Apple Valley, Minn.

High School:
Apple Valley

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 191

Position:
Forward

Club:
Waterloo - USHL


01/10/2015

Minnesota Falls in Offensive Showdown

The Gophers return to action next weekend at Mariucci Arena against Border Battle rival Wisconsin.

01/02/2015

Gophers Fall in Mariucci Classic Opener

Minnesota will now play RIT in the consolation game on Saturday at 7 p.m. while Merrimack will take on conference rival UMass-Lowell for the tournament title at 4 p.m.

01/12/2014

Gophers Top Penn State in First Meeting

Minnesota has now tallied a power-play goal in five-straight games.

11/22/2013

Gophers Win Fourth Straight, Top UMD 6-1

The Gophers had six different goal-scorers and receieved 36 saves from Adam Wilcox to improve to 9-1-1 in 2013-14

10/12/2013

Gophers Capture Ice Breaker Title

No. 5 Minnesota topped 13th-ranked New Hampshire 3-2 and improved to 2-0-0 on the season

11/25/2013

Minnesota Routs UMD

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

03/18/2013

Gophers Sweep Beavers

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

01/14/2013

Gophers Sweep Seawolves

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

2014-15 | JUNIOR SEASON
Appeared in 34 games for the Maroon and Gold as a junior • totaled 2 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 • earned third letter. 


2013-14 | SOPHOMORE SEASON
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.

2012-13| FRESHMAN SEASON
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 out 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.

INTERNATIONAL
Played for the third-place United States at the 2011 World Junior A Hockey Challenge in Langley, B.C., skating with fellow Gopher freshman 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.

HIGH SCHOOL/JUNIORS
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, skating with current Gopher sophomore Blake Thompson • 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.

PERSONAL
Plans to study business and marketing education • 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.