The Texas Tornado has announced that goaltender Dan Sullivan has committed to the University of Maine (Hockey East) for next season.
He’s the 12th player who competed in January’s Sherwood/NAHL Top Prospects Tournament to commit to a Division I school after the event.
“Sully started at a high level this year and, because of his work ethic and willingness to learn, he just got better and better,” said Tornado head coach Tony Curtale. “Dan is going to an outstanding program at Maine and I have no doubt he’ll be a big factor in their future success.”
Named to the NAHL All-South Division this season, Sullivan, a 21-year-old from York, Pa., appeared in 51 regular-season games for the Tornado, posting a 3.08 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage.
In five playoffs games, Sullivan fashioned an impressive 1.65 goals-against average and a .949 save percentage.
Curtale and the Tornado have developed a number of elite goaltenders over the years, including Ben Bishop, who played at Maine, Al Montoya, Dave McKee, Brandon Crawford-West and Ron Vogel.
“Sully is right there with that group,” said Curtale.
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