No Andover, MA - The Islanders Hockey Club and the NJ Rockets Hockey Club are proud to announce that goaltender Michal Soustal, Prague Czech Republic, has officially committed to play his NCAA college hockey at Saint Anselm College next fall.
Soustal who started the year with the NJ Rockets was sent back to the Islanders Hockey Club on January 1st by Head Coach Jason Kilcoyne to help him be in a better position to play more. IHC Head Coach Tim Kyrkostas explains – ”We had just lost both of our goalies within a 24 hour period – first Eric Morrissey was lost to a season ending hip injury and then Ben Nelson was summoned early to begin his college career at Norwich University which left me without a goalie. Jason called me on the very same day as us losing Ben to ask if we would want to take Michal back as he had three number 1 goalies that all could benefit from cutting down to 2 and Michal being a 97’ needed to go somewhere to play more. This kind of open conversation shows just how the coaches in the USPHL Premier work together to help the players reach their ultimate goal of advancing to the NCAA Ranks.”
The Islanders Hockey Club therefore fit the home that Rockets Head Coach Jason Kilcoyne was looking for to move Michal and the IHC Premier Team certainly benefited from Michal returning back to the IHC where he started his Jr. Career last year. Since re-joining the IHC on January 1st Michal went 20-3-2 with a 1.55 GAA, and a .945 save % combined stats regular season and playoffs more importantly he led the team to a final 4 appearance in the league playoffs.
“He instantly brought back maturity and stability to our locker room and to our line up – he was our rock that our team relayed on down the stretch.” Added Kyrkostas
“Playing for the IHC over the last two years has helped me develop as a goalie and as a person. I would like to thank my family, Head Coach Tim Kyrkostas, Coach Peter Wallack and Coach Rob Day as well as Head Coach Jason Kilcoyne and the coaching staff at the NJ Rockets for all helping me achieve my dream. I am so excited to attend Saint Anselm College and play for Coach Tortorella and Coach Rocha next year.” Proclaimed Michal Soustal
The IHC, NJ Rockets would like to congratulate Michal and his family and wish them the best of luck in Michal’s next life chapter at Saint Anselm.