Maki grew up in Shelby Twp, MI and was selected to play in the U.S. National Development Team Program as a junior from 2001–2003. Maki was recruited and attended Harvard University in the ECAC and majored in economics.
He was drafted from Harvard in the sixth round, 176th overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators. After graduating from College, Maki signed a two-year entry level contract with the Predators and was re-assigned to American Hockey League affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. During the 2008–09 season, Maki was named as the Admirals winner for the AHL man of the year award. While never playing with the Predators or any other NHL team, Maki had 46 points in 182 games in the AHL.
Prior to the 2010–11 season, Maki left North America and after trialling with the Hannover Scorpions, was signed to a contract on September 2, 2010.
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