Islanders' Soderstrom auctions off equipment from World Juniors for cancer fund
New York Islanders prospect Linus Soderstrom put forth quite the performance at the World Junior Championship, winning best goalie honors in the process.
Although the tournament has concluded, Soderstrom is putting some of his goaltender's equipment to good use by auctioning off his pads, blocker and catching glove on eBay. All of the money received for the Swede's equipment is slated to go to a children's cancer fund, via the non-profit organization Barncancer Fonden.
Soderstrom made headlines prior to the tournament by announcing that he was diagnosed with both Asperger Syndrome and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder at the age of 7.
Now 19, Soderstrom has stressed that he isn't letting either disorder prevent him from playing his game - and he showed just how dominant he can be at the World Juniors.
Soderstrom posted a 4-1-0 mark with two shutouts and a .947 save percentage en route to pacing Sweden into the bronze-medal game. The 6-foot-5 netminder sat out that contest, which the Americans convincingly won by an 8-3 decision.
Soderstrom authored a scintillating performance against the Americans earlier in the tournament, making 46 saves in a 1-0 victory before turning aside all 16 shots he faced versus Slovakia.
A fourth-round pick of the 2014 draft, Soderstrom has posted a 4-8-2 mark with a 1.90 goals-against average and .927 save percentage this season with Vita Hasten in Allsvenskan, the second highest professional league in Sweden.