Dan Sullivan, who was chosen the North American Hockey League’s best goalie by Goalies’ World Magazine, has verbally committed to attend the University of Maine beginning this fall.
The 21-year-old Sullivan, a native of York, Pa., had a 3.08 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage in 51 regular season games for the Texas Tornado and had a 1.65 GAA and a .949 save percentage in five playoff games.
Tony Curtale, the general manager and coach of the Tornado, said Sullivan ranks favorably with former Tornado standouts Dave McKee, a Hobey Baker Award finalist at Cornell University; Al Montoya, who starred at the University of Michigan, and former Black Bear standout Ben Bishop.
“He’s very competitive and he has a great work ethic,” said Curtale. “He’s very good positionally, he anticipates well and he has real good rebound control.”
Sullivan said he is “very excited” about coming to Maine.
“The hockey is obviously very good up there and when I came up and visited the school recently, it really felt right,” said the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Sullivan.
Sullivan is coming to Maine on a scholarship and said he received several other offers.
But he said Maine’s track record of turning out NHL goalies, getting a chance to play in a quality league like Hockey East and the fact the goaltending position is wide open also contributed to his decision.
He is also aware that Maine should have a very good team.
“In talking to the coaches, I know I may not see 40 shots in a game but I’m going to see a ton of quality shots every day in practice,” said Sullivan.
Sullivan will compete for playing time against junior Scott Darling, sophomore Shawn Sirman and fellow freshman Martin Ouellette.
His coming to Maine is contingent upon his acceptance into the school and meeting NCAA eligibility requirements.