La Crosse defenseman Sands makes college commitment
July 26, 2017
The La Crosse Freeze, proud members of the NA3HL, are pleased to announce that defenseman Colton Sands has committed to play ACHA Division I hockey for the University of Arkansas.
Sands, 20, who is from Birmingham, Michigan, comes to Arkansas after two seasons playing junior hockey. Most recently, the right-shooting defenseman played 40 games this past season with the Freeze. He recorded 9 total points (1 goal and 8 assists).
Sands explains that his father, also a hockey player, introduced him to the sport at just three years old. Sand then began playing competitively five years later. Regarding his decision to attend the University of Arkansas, Sands (who plans to study Political Science) said, “I am excited to play hockey at the University of Arkansas for many reasons, particularly the team’s dedication to academics. I am also excited about the community support in a state where hockey is not well known. Additionally, I look forward to learning from the coaching staff and living in beautiful Fayetteville.”
“Jeffrey protects the puck well in tight space and consistently makes the right outlet read in the defensive zone,” said Collin Hesse, Head Coach of the Division III team. “Moreover, he is serious about both his academic and athletic career. In that sense, he fits the precise mold of a Razorback Hockey player.”