1. Back on the ice in Edina

    Steve Carroll  ·  

    It was really fun to host a goalie clinic in August at Braemar Arena in Edina. It was the first time we held a weekend clinic in that building since we started 22 years ago.

    There is so much hockey history at Braemar and of course its home to the Hornets, which have won 12 state high school hockey championships.IMG_5733

    It’s also the rink where I learned to play the game. I grew up in Edina and started out as a forward. I first strapped on the leg pads as a second year peewee, after a coach saw me playing goalie for our neighborhood floor hockey team and asked if I was interested in trying to stop pucks with skates on.

    I accepted his invitation and was selected to be one of that coach’s two goalies on the Edina Peewee “A” team. We a lot of talent up front on that squad and we went on the win the state championship, in a game that was played at the old Met Center in Bloomington. Not a bad way to start a career!

    After two seasons of bantam “A” hockey, I selected to play on the Edina-East High School varsity team.

    That was quite the experience, something I will never forget. I remember playing our home games before standing room only crowds. The atmosphere was electric – with the school band playing and the student section cheering loudly. And every high school team brought their “A” game, which made for some tremendous battles.

    We reached the section finals all three years I was on the team. We got knocked off by Hopkins Lindbergh as sophomores, by Richfield as juniors before beating cross-town rival Edina-West to advance to the state tournament as seniors.

    In St. Paul, we defeated Roseau and Grand Rapids before falling to Rochester John Marshall in the championship game. A disappointing end to an otherwise memorable career.

    Already looking forward to returning to coach more goalies at Braemar in 2017.


  2. 50 of state’s top prep goalies train in St. Cloud

    Steve Carroll  ·  

    The 2016 Minnesota Hockey Dave Peterson CCM High Performance Camp was held Aug. 4-7 at St. Cloud State University.

    The four-day, invite-only goalie development program, now in its 12th year, is designed to improve the individual skills and techniques of goalies in the 15-to 18-year-old age group.

    Steve Carroll at Dave Peterson Goalie Camp.

    Steve Carroll at Dave Peterson Goalie Camp.

    “It’s extremely important we provide high-level skill development opportunities for boys and girls in this age group,” explained Steve Carroll, Minnesota Hockey’s Goalie Development Coordinator and director of the camp. “These are highly motivated athletes who are determined to improve their skills and overall game so they can help their high school teams achieve success. Many of the participants also have their sights set on playing college hockey and beyond.”

    Training was led by a combination of Minnesota’s top college and high school goalie coaches.

    Current Minnesota goalies from NCAA Division I and Division III hockey teams serve as on-ice demonstrators/counselors. This year’s counselors included Hunter Miska, North Branch, University of Minnesota Duluth; David Zevnik, Lakeville, St. Cloud State University; Ashley Corcoran, Red Wing, Saint Mary’s University; Alex LaMere, Albertville, Ohio State University.

    Goalies who make their district/section teams in the Minnesota Hockey CCM High Performance 15-16-17 boys and girls programs are invited to participate in the camp. . The goalies get 12 hours of on-ice training and about 12 hours of off-ice instruction. The off-ice topics include sports performance training, angles, nutrition, strength and conditioning, video analysis, hockey after high school, vision training and goalie yoga.

    Former participants include:

    • Charlie Lindgren, Lakeville, who played at St. Cloud State and made his NHL debut with the Montreal Canadiens last spring.
    • Zane McIntyre, Thief River Falls, who played at North Dakota and won the Mike Richter Award as college hockey’s top goalie before signing a pro contract with the Boston Bruins organization.
    • Alex Lyon, Baudette, played at Yale University before signing contract with the Philadelphia Flyers organization.
    • Jenna Boss, Roseville, won the 2014 NCAA Women’s National Hockey Championship with Clarkson University.
    • Emma May, Eagan, won the 2016 NCAA Women’s Hockey National Championship with the University of Minnesota.
    • Shyler Sletta, New Prague, 2012, 2013, 2015 NCAA National Championship teams with University of Minnesota.

    The camp is named in honor of Dave Peterson, a former Minneapolis Southwest High School hockey coach, who was a passionate leader in goalie development. Peterson also served as head coach of the U.S. Men’s Olympic hockey teams in 1988 and 1992.

  3. Minnesota Hockey to purchase 300 sets of QuickChange goalie gear

    Steve Carroll  ·  

    St. Paul, MN – July 14, 2016 – The Minnesota Hockey Board of Directors voted unanimously to purchase 300 sets of QuickChange goalie gear through Total Hockey for distribution to all member youth associations in the state.

    Each of Minnesota Hockey’s 145 community-based associations will receive two sets of the gear, which are designed to provide all players the chance to try the goaltender position by easily pulling them on and off over standard player equipment. The order for all of the gear will total nearly $60,000.

    Consisimage003ting of 24-inch leg pads and a padded goalie jersey, both of which are designed to fit over standard player equipment, the QuickChange gear will allow 8U skaters to become goaltenders in 60 seconds. In the matter of one practice, every player on a team can give the goaltending position a try. The pads include an extra-wide knee channel to accommodate standard shin guards while the jersey/chest protector features an extra-wide neck opening with a Velcro strap to be easily slipped over a player’s helmet.

    “We applaud Minnesota Hockey’s huge step toward promoting more participation at the goaltender position by purchasing this QuickChange gear for its associations,” said USA Hockey American Development Model Manager, Goaltending, Phil Osaer. “As associations across the country have embraced the ADM as the premier method of developing players, this is the next logical step to producing more goaltenders in the future. More kids will be given the opportunity to try the position without their parents needing to make the commitment to purchase gear until much further down the line.”

    USA Hockey has placed an emphasis on the goaltender position, an initiative that includes the appointment of a Goaltending Development Coordinator within each affiliate. Edina native Steve Carroll was named Minnesota’s first-ever Goaltending Development Coordinator on April 7. Carroll is tasked with working with goaltending coaches throughout the state, as well as developing grass roots programs such as Try Goalie Days and goaltending clinics, in addition to implementing the QuickChange initiative.

    “This is a very exciting step taken by Minnesota Hockey,” said Carroll. “Regardless of community size or location, every association will be able to utilize this gear to familiarize kids with all positions in hockey. I fully expect more boys and girls in Minnesota to fall in love with goaltending, which will only benefit all aspects of the sport in our state.”

    The QuickChange goalie gear will be distributed to Minnesota Hockey associations in November in order to be used for the 2016-17 season. Associations wishing to order additional sets should submit their order here.

  4. USA Hockey Launches Major Goaltending Initiative

    Steve Carroll  ·  

    By Jayson Hron – USA Hockey

    A first-time gathering of USA Hockey’s freshly appointed goaltending development coordinators, a group that will serve USA Hockey affiliates locally while also forming a nationwide network tasked with enhancing grassroots goalie development in the United States, was held recently in Plymouth, Michigan.

    Minnesota Goalie Development Coordinator in Plymouth, Michigan.

    Steve Carroll, Minnesota Hockey’s Goalie Development Coordinator, in Plymouth, Michigan.

    “Adding more resources and support for goaltenders, both on the national level and the local level, is a priority for USA Hockey and our American Development Model,” said Phil Osaer, USA Hockey ADM manager for goaltending. “The goaltending development coordinators will play an important role in that process, giving young goaltenders support and guidance from experienced coaches with a wealth of goaltending experience.”

    Each coordinator was nominated by a USA Hockey affiliate, a process that produced a sage group to lead the initiative.

    Steve Carroll was appointed to serve as Minnesota Hockey’s goalie development coordinator.

    Carroll starred at Mankato State University (now known as Minnesota State University, Mankato), backstopping the Mavericks to an NCAA Division II national championship in 1980 and earning national tournament MVP honors. He has operated his own goaltending school for more than 20 years, serving also as an assistant coach with the Gustavus Adolphus College women’s hockey team. Additionally, Carroll directs the Dave Peterson Goalie Camp as part of the CCM Minnesota Hockey High Performance Program.

    The coordinators’ multifaceted duties will include educating local goalie coaches, meeting with clubs and associations to implement goalie training curriculum and leading USA Hockey’s student goaltending coach programs.

    In all, some 21 affiliates were represented at the summit including some – like Wisconsin, California, Mid-American, Michigan and Massachusetts – that tabbed multiple coordinators. Among them will be Brian Daccord (Massachusetts), who serves currently as a Toronto Maple Leafs goaltending consultant and worked previously as the Boston Bruins’ goaltending coach.

    During the event, the coordinators created a collection of goalie development practices and devised strategies for introducing more athletes to the position and improving their development opportunities.

    Summit presenters included longtime NHL and Team USA goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck, who will cover goalie development in junior hockey, and USA Hockey’s Ron DeGregorio, co-chairman of the board, former Team USA goalie and a passionate advocate for goalie development, who will be on hand to open the event.

    For more information on USA Hockey’s goaltender development program, click here.

  5. Carroll Goalie School offers weekend camps in Twin Cities

    Steve Carroll  ·  

    The Minneapolis-based Carroll Goalie School (CGS) continues to grow and evolve as it enters its 22nd season of providing skill development programs for boys and girls.

    “We help goalies of all abilities take their game to new levels by building individual skills, techniques, athleticism, consistency and self-confidence,” said Steve Carroll, an Edina, Minn., native, who is lead instructor at his popular weekend camps that are offered in the summer and fall.

    Coach Carroll talking to the goalies at one of his camps.

    Coach Carroll talking to the goalies at one of his camps.

    Carroll uses his extensive experience to teach goalies what it takes to be successful. He shares his wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for the position with the goalies who attend his camps.

    “All of our instructors are passionate about goaltending and do an excellent job of explaining, demonstrating, and reinforcing the essential techniques used in today’s game,” Carroll said.

    “We’re proud of the reputation we’ve earned for developing quality, fundamentally-sound goaltenders.”

    This year, the Carroll Goalie School is offering four programs: Intro to goaltending, intermediate skills, advanced skills and tryout tune-up. Ice times are scheduled at night and weekends at five arenas in Minneapolis-St. Paul including Braemar Arena (Edina), Eagan Civic Arena, Richfield Arena, Schwan Super Rink (Blaine) and White Bear Sports Center.

    Goalie parents like the variety of CGS programs because they realize that training under the watchful eye of Coach Carroll and his staff makes a significant impact in the development of their kids.

    “The Carroll Goalie School made learning advanced goalie skills fun for my son,” said David Reinsbach, from Shakopee, Minnesota. “The coaches ran drills I had not seen before at other goalie schools. They also made an effort to connect with all the participants.”

    Goalie mom Shannon Gulley agreed. “We came all the way from Alaska to Blaine for the camp and it was well worth the trip. Callaghan had a great experience, improved his skills and just reinforced his love of playing goalie. We are already planning on another camp.”

    And the goalies gain a competitive edge and thrive in the positive learning environment.

    “I would highly recommend the Carroll Goalie School,” said Katie Aafedt, from Edina, Minnesota. “My son absolutely loved going and is still talking about the coaches vs. goalies game they played every day at the end of the session. The goalies all worked hard the whole time but had a lot of fun with it along the way. We will definitely be back again!


    Carroll is a USA Hockey Level 4 certified coach who trains goalies at the youth, high school and college levels.

    As a goalie, Carroll won a State Peewee “A” title with Edina, participated in the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament, played in four consecutive NCAA Division II Final Fours and won a National Championship while at Minnesota State, Mankato. He was a two-time college All-American and Top 10 Finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. Carroll has been inducted in the Minnesota State, Mankato and Edina High School athletic halls of fame.

    For more information, visit www.carrollgs.com.

  6. Woodbury goalie wins set for Brian’s gloves

    Steve Carroll  ·  
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    L-R: Steve Carroll, Carroll Goalie School; Otto Altman, Brad Johnson, Brian’s Custom Sports.

    Woodbury, Minnesota peewee goalie Otto Altman was selected to win a customized set of Subzero gloves from Brian’s Custom Sports. Altman was fitted for his gloves and picked out the color combination during the 2016 Let’s Play Hockey Expo in St. Paul.

    His name was chosen from the hundreds of goalies who had their shutouts posted on the Carroll Goalie School/Brian’s Custom Sports Shutout Wall online at www.letsplayhockey.com and each week in Let’s Play Hockey Newspaper.

  7. Goalie masks a big hit at LPH Expo

    Steve Carroll  ·  

    At this year’s Let’s Play Hockey Expo in St. Paul, the Carroll Goalie School gave away hundreds of free paper goalie masks. The promotion was a huge hit as goalies of all ages grabbed a souvenir.

    Goalie masks were a big hit at the LPH Expo.

    CGS shared a booth with our partners from Brian’s Custom Sports. They had equipment on display and a sales rep who was available to answers questions about their innovative gear.

  8. Train with CGS in 2016

    Steve Carroll  ·  

    We are getting ready for our 22nd season of helping goalies improve their skills at our three-day clinics that are held throughout Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

    While a majority of the goalies at our camps are from Minnesota, we also have had a number of goalies from other states train with us.

    “We came all the way from Alaska to Blaine for the camp and it was well worth the trip,” said Shannon Gulley, from Palmer, Alaska. “Callaghan had a great experience, improved his skills and just reinforced his love of playing goalie. We are already

    Callaghan Gulley from Palmer, Alaska at our camp in Blaine.

    Callaghan Gulley from Palmer, Alaska at our camp in Blaine.

    planning on another camp next year.”

    And each clinic, we work on a variety of skating and movement drills before breaking into small groups to focus on game like save situations.

    “Carroll Goalie School made learning advanced goalie skills fun for my son,” said David Reinsbach, from Shakopee, Minnesota. “The coaches ran drills I had not seen before at other goalie schools. They also made an effort to connect with all the participants!”Group

    And then we typically finish each session with a game that the goalies really enjoy.

    “I would highly recommend the Carroll Goalie School!, Katie Aafedt, Edina, Minnesota. “My son absolutely loved going and is still talking about the coaches vs goalies game they played every day at the end of the session. The goalies all worked hard the whole time but had a lot of fun with it along the way. We will definitely be back again! “

  9. 2016 schedule available

    Steve Carroll  ·  

    I am excited to let you know that our 2016 schedule has been posted on our website and online registration is now open. You can learn more and register at www.carrollgs.com. 

    This is our 22nd year of goalie development excellence as we help boys and girls, ages 6-15, achieve success between the pipes!

    Coach Carroll talking to the goalies at one of his camps.

    Coach Carroll talking to the goalies at one of his camps.

    Our popular skill development programs are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so I encourage you to register early for best selection.

    2016 CGS highlights include:

    • NEW and improved drills.
    • NEW intermediate skills session June 24-26.
    • NEW intermediate skills session Aug. 26-28.
    • NEW location – Braemar Arena in Edina.
    • Five convenient locations – Blaine, Eagan, Edina, Richfield and White Bear Lake.
    • Friday evening and Saturday, Sunday ice hours.
    • Two-day intro to goaltending session in June.
    • Three-day intermediate skills sessions in June, July, August.
    • Three-day advanced skills and tryout tune-up sessions in September.
    • Free Carroll Goalie School jersey.

    I look forward to helping your goalie improve their skills, consistency, confidence and overall game performance.

  10. Creating a New Comfort Zone for Goalies

    Steve Carroll  ·  

    Article courtesy of Minnesota Hockey

    At the elite levels of hockey, high quality goaltending is not only important, it’s practically a necessity.

    Everyone knows it too. The players know it. The coaches and team executives know it. And of course the fans and media are quick to point it out as well. The teams with consistently strong goaltending are seemingly always contenders, and anyone with a perceived weakness at the position is often discounted even if they have outstanding strengths in other areas.

    Yet, when it comes to youth hockey, goalies and their development aren’t given nearly the same emphasis compared to other positions.

    “Adults often coach in their comfort zone, spending countless hours on Russian circles, breakouts, systems and power plays while basically ignoring the development of their goalies,” said Steve Carroll, goalie coach in-chief for USA Hockey’s Minnesota District. “They hope that somehow the goalies magically improve and become that much-needed difference-maker in big games. Unfortunately, it doesn’t usually work that way.”

    “Coaches need to change the way they currently do business and work to make goalies first. They need to break out of their comfort zone, so goalie development becomes a priority and not an afterthought.”

    The first step for coaches is to assign a goalie coach for each team. Then, the designated goalie coach should educate themselves on how to teach skills and techniques and implement drills that are good for goalies into every practice.

    Start with Skating

    The biggest similarity between goalies and skaters is the importance of skating skills. In fact, one of the reasons USA Hockey and Minnesota Hockey encourage associations to rotate goalies throughout Mites/8U is that it gives everyone the opportunity to develop a solid foundation of skating skills.

    “The most important skill goalies have to have is the ability to skate,” said Carroll. “We’re not talking about being the fastest skater but being able to go forward and backwards and side to side in a quick and efficient matter. They have to be able to get square to the shooter, and they do that by moving their feet.”

    In order to be successful, it’s critical goalies work during every practice on refining their three basic skating movements: C-cuts, shuffle and T-push.

    “Where a goalie needs to play in the crease area, dictates which movement they use,” said Carroll. “C-cuts are used to control depth, either forward or back. The shuffle is used for short distances laterally. To go long distances, maybe from top corner of the crease back to the post, goalies often use the T-push movement.”

    The Key to Staying Up

    With the popularity of the butterfly goaltending style in today’s game, you can walk into any youth hockey game and it won’t take long to hear someone shout “Stay Up!”

    The butterfly technique provides major benefits for goalies, but it can also be a disadvantage at times, especially at younger levels when goalies are smaller. Many goalies go down to their knees too early, leaving the top half of the net open. Then, they compound the issue by staying down in the butterfly too long.

    To Carroll, the key to utilizing the butterfly properly goes back to kids’ skating skills.

    “If they don’t have confidence in their skating skills, they don’t trust their ability to get up quickly when they need to,” said Carroll. “We teach goalies to go down with a purpose and get up in a timely manner with a sense of urgency.”

    Angle. Square. Depth.

    A key part of goaltending is positioning. The world’s best goalies nearly eliminate the need for acrobatic saves by using elite skating skills to maintain proper position for every shot.

    “As players get older, where they play in the net becomes crucial,” said Carroll. “We talk about being on their angle, being square to the shooter and controlling their depth.”

    “When teaching it, we show goalies what it looks like when they play a shot in the slot from the middle of their crease. Then we show what it looks like when the same goalie takes a c-cut forward to the top of the crease. The simple movement reduces the scoring area dramatically. In most cases, we want goalies to play at the top of the crease.”

    Stop the Puck, Don’t Block It.

    Being in the right position doesn’t necessarily mean goalies will make the save though. Goalies must learn how to watch the puck carefully in order to anticipate shots, make saves and control rebounds.

    “If you watch a goalie, you can tell pretty quickly whether they’re tracking the puck just by watching their head,” said Carroll. “There’s a lot going on in the game, and some goalies think that just by getting their body in front of the puck is doing their job. In some cases, that works, but a lot of times they need to go to the next level and use their eyes.”

    By tracking the puck with their eyes, players are able to go from simply blocking the puck to actively making saves. This allows them to add details to their game such as deflecting pucks into the corners, catching pucks to eliminate rebounds and getting in position quicker if they need to make a second save.

    “Once kids figure out how important the eyes are, the game becomes so much easier,” said Carroll.

    For additional tips, drills and videos on goaltending, visitwww.usahockeygoaltending.com