Former Ogden Mustangs forward Henrik Axelsson has committed to Plymouth State University for the 2017-18 season.

Axelsson will join fellow former Mustang and Swedish countryman Andreas Pettersson who joined the Panthers last season.

“It’s gonna be really exciting, of course,” Axelsson said. “Playing college hockey has been one of my goals some years back, and it’s great that it’s finally going to happen. I’m very happy to represent Plymouth for the next four years.”

In one season with the Mustangs, Axelsson had 73 points in 60 games for fifth in team scoring. He’s the fifth Mustang to commit to an NCAA program from last season’s team.

Axelsson — a 6-foot, 176-pound Stockholm, Sweden native — leaves Ogden as an all-time statistical leader. His 23 powerplay points last season were the most ever recorded by a Mustang in a single season. He also ranks high in all-time points per game, single season assists and consecutive games registering a point.

Axelsson’s speed, agility, vision and laser shot provided numerous highlight-reel goals throughout his career. He was especially dangerous in transition, on the powerplay and in late-game situations.

“We are very proud of Henrik and what he’s been able to accomplish in Ogden,” said Mustang head coach Jake Laime. “He was a key member of our team last season. He’ll be an asset in Plymouth, and we wish him all the best.”

Plymouth State is located in Plymouth, New Hampshire and competes in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). The Panthers are an extremely successful program and have won the regular season conference championship each of the past five seasons, advancing to the NCAA tournament in two of those seasons.

The Mustangs had five players move on to the NCAA last season, six players the season before and five before that. They’ve had the highest NCAA placement rate in the Western States Hockey League. You can read more more about current Mustang alumni in our 2016-17 midseason alumni update.

As the fifth Mustang to have an official commitment from the 2016-17 team, Axelsson joins the company of Austin Shea (St. Mary’s University of Minnesota), Montell Greene (New England College, NCAA), Max Dorfman (Johnson & Wales University, NCAA) and Chandler Watson (Milwaukee School of Engineering, NCAA).

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