Steelheads bring back Sholl

Boise, Idaho - Idaho Steelheads Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Neil Graham announced that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Tomas Sholl on a contract for the 2018-19 season.

The Steelheads are the ECHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League and the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.

Sholl, 23, joined the Steelheads at the end of February to complete his first professional season, acquired from the Adirondack Thunder for future considerations.. The Hermosa Beach, California native appeared in 11 regular-season games with Idaho, going 9-0-1 in a Steelheads uniform with a 1.24 goals-against average and a .953 save percentage. Sholl’s tenure with the Steelheads included a string of nine consecutive starts to help lead the team into the playoffs. His four shutouts were tied for second in the ECHL.

Sholl was among the ECHL’s best goaltenders upon joining the Steelheads, earning ECHL Goaltender of the Week honors in consecutive weeks between March 5-18 and then netting the ECHL Goaltender of the Month award for March.

The rookie became the first Steelheads goaltender ever to win the Goaltender of the Week award in consecutive weeks, and just the third Steelhead to ever win twice in one season.

The Steelheads were Sholl’s fourth team of 2017-18. Sholl began the season in the Southern Professional Hockey League, appearing in 20 games for the Macon Mayhem and Evansville Thunderbolts and posting a record of 14-3-3 to earn a call-up to the ECHL with the Adirondack Thunder. With the Thunder, Sholl went 5-0-1 with a 2.05 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage.

Through 19 regular-season ECHL appearances, Sholl has not suffered a regulation loss. 

Sholl played three seasons of NCAA Division I hockey at Bowling Green State University, appearing in 19 games from 2013 to 2017 with a 7-10-0 record.