By Kevin Scott
GREAT FALLS, Mont., February 24, 2019 — The Great Falls Americans, a member of the, North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL), announced that forward Jens Juliussen has decided to continue his education and hockey career at the collegiate level.
Maryville University in St. Louis Missouri is where Jens Juliussen will take his hockey talents to in the fall of 2019. The Anchorage, Alaska native has signed his letter of intent to continue his education and play Division I club hockey with the Saints. The Missouri school is a member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) and have concluded their inaugural season during the 2018-19 season. They will play in the newly-formed Midwest College League beginning in the 2019-20 season.
The 20-year-old college hockey signee is from Anchorage, Alaska and spent two years (2014-16) at South Anchorage High School scoring eight goals and dishing out 14 assists in 50 games. During the 2016-17 season, the 5’9” and 170 lb. junior hockey standout played with three different squads including 11 games with the now inactive Western States Hockey League’s Las Vegas Storm where he made 11 appearances. Juliussen then played for two teams in the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) including the Missoula Jr. Bruins where he scored four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in nine appearances before a December 2016 trade along with teammate Payton McSharry to the Great Falls Americans where his 21 games produced two goals and four assists.
The 2017-18 season was his first full year with the Great Falls Americans, and he participated in all 44 games and made 12 goals and dished out 25 assists while helping them to a second straight playoff berth and a 34-12-3 overall record for Montana junior hockey team.
During the 2018-19 season, Juliussen has been a huge part of the Americans success this season as they have clinch one of four Frontier Division playoff spots. He will leave Great Falls after the team finishes its playoff run by holding the record for most assists in a season (59 and counting and 90 in a career as of February 24, 2019). His 79 points is second to his teammate Payton McSharry, who has 85 and counting. The newest member of the Mayville University hockey team also has accumulated 20 goals in 43 contests. He was also selected to participate in the 2019 Top Prospects Tournament that took place (February 18-19th) in Attleboro, Massachusetts. He dished out one assist for the Frontier Division team against the Central Division squad to close out the two-day tournament in which he appeared in all three contests.
“My accomplishments with my time with the Americans include getting the (Great Falls Americans) assists record for most assists in one season and helping the team get into the playoffs in the last three seasons,” said Juliussen as he recalled his past successes.
Playing at the Junior A level has made the soon-to-be college freshman more mature and he wouldn’t be where he is at today without playing junior hockey and it is another stepping stone towards his career goals.
Jens looks forward to playing college hockey and getting his education that will prepare him beyond hockey; if hockey doesn’t work out after his college years. If the opportunity arises, the Americans forward would welcome a chance to play professionally hockey (National Hockey League or internationally). “I’m definitely not done playing hockey yet,” said the excited junior hockey standout. He is still undecided about a college major but is possibly interested in studying Sports Business or Sports Medicine.
Juliussen wanted to thank the many fans that come out for every home game at the Great Falls Ice Plex and supporting the team throughout the year. A special thanks to his host family, Kevin and Susan Johnson for helping him along the way.
Jens is the son to Robert and April Juliussen and the brother to sister, Audrey.
Click here to view Jen Juliussen’s statistics for the 2018-19 season.
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Additional Media Coverage: February 25, 2019: North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL): Great Falls forward Juliussen makes college commitment