Niederer pursues hockey dreams as forward for DII men
June 11, 2018 | Lynchburg, Va.
Michael Niederer, a rising sophomore forward on Liberty University's ACHA Division II men's hockey team, started playing hockey when he was 2, after receiving the equipment from his 3-year-old brother who switched to basketball.
"I just fell in love with the game," said Niederer, a Mound, Minn., native who contributed six goals and 14 assists as a freshman for the Flames, including three assists in the ACHA DII National Championships.
His passion for the sport has only increased since he arrived at Liberty, where he is majoring in sport management with plans to pursue a career in professional hockey, on staff if not on the ice.
"It's been nothing short of a dream," Niederer said of playing for the Flames. "I've grown up around a bunch of different teams, but the culture in this locker room you can definitely tell is different. It's something I've always wanted to be a part of. You've got a bunch of guys that are all on the same page with the growth mindset, both within their faith walks and hockey as well. Everyone's here for each other and we're all on the same page with hockey and with faith. To be a part of a group of guys like that, it's been awesome."