The Northern Cyclones are extremely excited to announce that USPHL Premier goaltender Elias Sandholm has committed to Trine University. Sandholm will join the Thunder for the 2020-21 season. He leaves the Cyclones organization after two terrific seasons in goal for the club, including an All-Star showing in 2019-20.
In 20 games this past season, Sandholm posted a record of 16-3-0, a 1.73 goals against average (GAA) and a sparkling .934 save percentage. His .934 save percentage was fourth in the entire Premier League. He also had three shutouts on the season as he backstopped the Cyclones to a 28-11-5 record, good for second in the New England Division.
“I’m honored to announce my commitment to Trine University,” Sandholm told the Cyclones website shortly after it became official. “I’m extremely excited to get started, to meet my new teammates and classmates, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. Go Thunder!”
Sandholm was one of two Cyclones named to the USPHL Premier’s North Region All-Star team. He was joined by teammate Lenny Brochu.
“I would also like to say a big thank you to Coach [Bill] Weiand, my teammates and the rest of the Northern Cyclones organization for pushing and supporting me every day to better myself in my goal of making the move to the next level,” Sandholm continued. “The Cyclones are a top-end organization that provides their players with all of the necessary tools needed to succeed. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
“Lastly, but most importantly, a special thank you to my family for their sacrifices in my quest to achieve my dream of playing college hockey.”
The Cyclones were the gold standard when it came to college advancement in 2019. The organization advanced the most players from the junior ranks to the NCAA, sending 17 players to college hockey. Sandholm is the next in a long line of Cyclones over the past 15 years to go play in college.