Hawks' Soderstrom makes jump at break to ACHA's East Texas Baptist University

by Matt Mackinder

By Carrie Robertson

Christmas had something big in store for Grey Highland Hawks forward Filip Soderstrom.  

After a trip to Texas in November,  Soderstrom received the news that he was being offered a roster position on the prestigious East Texas Baptist University ACHA roster.  

This was very exciting because it offered everything that he was looking for in a school, as well as his Business Administration choice as a major. Despite other offers at the Las Vegas Showcase, Soderstrom knew this was the fit for him.  

The Hawks have kept in contact with Soderstrom and gave him a couple of weeks to settle into his new abode before asking him a few questions.

Q. How are you enjoying your academic program?
A. It's a lot to study - I have a 75-page exam coming up! But as we know, schooling is very important to the Soderstrom family.

Q. What about the hockey program?
A. I like it. I am the youngest guy in the locker room but it's really good hockey and the spirit around campus is amazing.

Q. Just two weeks in and you were already named player of the week. How does it feel?
A. It feels good.  I'm really happy to be here.

(Soderstrom was named Texas Collegiate Hockey Conference Player of the Week. In his debut with the Tigers in their weekend series against Auburn, Soderstrom scored five goals and added five assists in the two-game series split in Shreveport.)

Q. What is your greatest on-ice memory from the Hawks? Why?
A. I would say it was the latest victory over the Essa Stallions because they were our greatest rival in the league. They had a lot of skilled players and we really worked together for that victory.

Q. How would you describe your experience as a Hawk?
A. The Hawks are a great organization that helped me as a player and in personal experiences, the program was awesome but it was the spirit of the players, great billets, great coaches, staff and owners that gave me the confidence in my play and in myself to take the next step. All I want now is for them to win the Cup!