Working with 50 high school goalies in St. Cloud

Just finished up working at the 2017 Minnesota Hockey Dave Peterson CCM High Performance Camp that was held, Aug. 3-6, at St. Cloud State University.

The four-day, invite-only goalie development program, now in its 13th year, is designed to improve the individual skills and techniques of goalies in the 15-to 18-year-old age group.

Coach Steve Carroll at Dave Peterson Camp.

I think it’s extremely important that Minnesota Hockey provides high-level skill development opportunities for boys and girls in this age group.

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 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.

We were also joined this year by Phil Osaer, manager of goaltending, for USA Hockey’s American Development Model.

Three current Minnesota goalies from NCAA Division I and Division III hockey teams serves as on-ice demonstrators/counselors. This year’s counselors were David Zevnik, Lakeville, St. Cloud State University; Lauren Bench, Burnsville, Bemidji State University; Ashley Corcoran, Red Wing, Saint Mary’s University.

Goalies who made their district/section teams in the Minnesota Hockey CCM High Performance boys and girls programs were invited to participate in the camp. The goalies got 12 hours of on-ice training and about 12 hours of off-ice instruction. The off-ice topics included sports performance training, nutrition, hockey after high school, vision training and goalie yoga.

Former participants include:

  • Charlie Lindgren, Lakeville, who played at St. Cloud State and is in the Montreal Canadiens organization.
  • 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.

Learn more about the camp at camp. 

Visiting with U.S. National Team goalie

I had a wonderful opportunity to visit with Maddie Rooney the other day. She is a goalie from Andover, Minnesota who just finished her sophomore season at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Maddie Rooney, Andover, Minn., member of 2017-18 U.S. Women’s National Team.

Maddie is taking this upcoming year off from school as she has been named to the 2017-18 U.S. Women’s National Team that is preparing for the 2018 Winter Olympics. She is one of three goalies on the U.S. team and the first Minnesota goalie to have a chance at playing in the Olympic Games.

Maddie’s gold medal from 2017 World Championships.

I met her at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine where she was getting ready to play in a men’s league game.

I interviewed her for an upcoming article on Minnesota Hockey’s website. As we were visiting, Maddie mentioned that she attended my goalie school when she was a youngster.

She also brought along her gold medal that she won in the 2017 World Championships.

Players and staff for the 2017-18 U.S. Women’s National Team will relocate to the Tampa area in early September.

During the residency period in the Tampa suburb of Wesley Chapel, players will train at Florida Hospital Center Ice in preparation for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

USA Hockey

  • As a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, Maddie played in one International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship (gold-2017)
  • As a member of the U.S. Women’s Under-18 Select Team, played in one Under-18 Series vs. Canada (2013)
  • Attended the 2014 Girls’ U18 Player Development Camp, 2013 Girls’ U18 Player Development Camp and 2012 Girls’ 15 Player Development Camp.

IIHF Women’s World Championship

  • Earned a shutout in her National Team debut in preliminary round against Russia

College Hockey

Sophomore (2016-17)

  • All-WCHA Third Team
  • Started 37 regular-season contests for the Bulldogs in 2016-17, backstopping the team to a 25-7-5 record in those games with a .942 save percentage and 1.65 goals-against average

Freshman (2015-16)

  • Played 19 games for the Bulldogs in her freshman campaign, posting two shutouts en route to being named to the 2015-16 Western Collegiate Hockey Association All-Rookie Team.

Additional Notes

  • Pre-business major at Minnesota Duluth
  • Led the Andover High School girls’ hockey team to its first-ever Class 2A state tournament appearance in 2014, where she also made the All-Tournament Team and received All-Conference and All-State Honorable mention accolades
  • Daughter of Michael and Jayne Rooney



Lakeville’s Oettinger ranked #1 North American goalie prospect by NHL Central Scouting

UPDATE: I wrote this story a few days before NHL draft in June. Lakeville’s Jake Oettinger was taken in the first round (26th overall) by the Dallas Stars. He became the highest drafted Minnesota goalie.

By Steve Carroll

It didn’t take long for Jake Oettinger to get hooked on being a goalie. In fact, all it took was one game after he had a chance to strap on the pads with his Farmington, Minnesota squirt team.

“I tried it, loved it and stuck with it,” he said. And he eventually would become the go-to goalie for his peewee team that won more than 50 games.

“I liked being able to have huge impact in every game and the spotlight that comes with being a goalie,” he said.

Oettinger play goalie for Farmington squirts.

In ninth grade, Oettinger moved to Lakeville North High School where he led the Panthers to a runner-up finish in the State Tournament in St. Paul.

“It was unbelievable,” he recalled. “Probably one of the most fun years of my life playing hockey, playing in state is such a cool experience.”

After his freshman year, he made the United States National Team Development Program in Michigan, where he spent to next two seasons. And he enjoyed plenty of success on those teams including leading his U.S. squad to a gold medal at the 2015 U18 World Championships.

“It was great,” he said. “It was difficult moving away from home, but it was definitely worth it. I’m really happy I went there.”And he also excelled in the classroom. He accelerated his academics so he graduated from high school in little over two years.

During his time in Michigan, he had developed into one of the nation’s most sought after high school goalies and had plenty of college scholarship offers to choose from.

He selected Boston University. “I went on a visit, loved the city and the coaches, the goalie coach, thought it would be a great fit and it was,” he said.

And he quickly earned the starting spot, playing college hockey as a freshman in what could have been his senior year in high school.

Oettinger played in 35 games for the Terriers, posting a 21-11-3 record, with 2.11 goals against average and a save percentage of .927. His outstanding play earned him a spot on the Hockey East All-Rookie Team and the All-Conference second team.

By far his favorite memory from the first season was beating North Dakota 4-3 in double overtime in the NCAA Regional Tournament, before a packed house in Fargo, North Dakota. Oettinger made 56 saves in that game.

Now fast forward to this summer, where the 6-4, 218 pound netminder is now an 18-year-old and a top pro prospect.

According to NHL Central Scouting, Oettinger is the number one rated North American goalie and projected to be picked late in the first round or early in the second round in this weekend’s draft.

If that happens, he would be the first Minnesota goalie taken that high in the NHL Draft.

“It’s going to be a once of a lifetime experience,” he said. “Really excited to have a ton of family and friends with me in Chicago. It’s going to be an awesome weekend.”

Oettinger has met with every NHL team but doesn’t know or care which club will select him.

“I’d love to play for any team,” he said.

But regardless of where he goes in the draft, Oettinger plans to return to Boston University this fall.

“I think I have a whole lot of unfinished business at BU, so I don’t really know yet when that time will come, (to turn pro). I know it’s going to have a lot to do with how hard I work and how good I play.”


Former CGS participant signs pro contract

Congratulations to former CGS student Sydney Rossman. She recently signed a contract to play for the Connecticut Whale of the National Women’s Hockey League.

Sydney Rossman attended the Carroll Goalie School early in her career.

Sydney participated in the Carroll Goalie School early in her career. She would go on to star at Minnetonka High School and Quinnipiac University.

Goaltender Sydney Rossman, a 2016 NWHL Draft pick of the Connecticut Whale and the 2015-16 ECAC Goaltender of the Year, has signed a one-year contract with the club.

“It was a really cool thing to get the contract offer to join the Whale and the NWHL,” said Rossman. “I was hoping to play for the Whale this upcoming season, but it wasn’t a reality until I got that email. It’s really great to continue my hockey career at a high level.

“Since I have teammates and friends on the four teams, I was at a lot of NWHL games in the last two years and was really impressed. The NWHL is all about the opportunity for women in pro sports. I’m excited to get a chance to be part of the league and help build its reputation in this early phase. I’m hoping that a lot of people come out in see us starting in October. I believe this season can have a huge impact on the future of the NWHL, and from here the league will grow stronger.”

While playing for the Whale, Rossman will teach her craft to young netminders at Pro Crease Goaltending – run by Quinnipiac’s men’s goaltending coach Jared Waimon. “I hope to start a program at Pro Crease dedicated to coaching women goalies,” said Rossman.

Rossman played four seasons at Quinnipiac University.

In addition to coaching and playing, Rossman will pursue an MBA at Quinnipiac.

The Minnesota native graduated from Quinnipiac in May with a degree in marketing. In her four-year college career, she was 52-13-11 with a 1.16 GAA and .938 save percentage. She has the school record for shutouts (26) and was selected as a Quinnipiac Scholar-Athlete. During her junior season, Rossman led the Bobcats to the ECAC Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. She was named the league’s Goaltender of the Year and was a finalist for ECAC Player of the Year.

Rossman won three Minnesota State High School Championships with Minnetonka High School. She attended three USA Hockey National Select camps and the USA Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship Team camp.

Gustavus goalie earn’s All-American honors

Gustavus women’s hockey sophomore goaltender Amanda DiNella (Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.) has been selected to the 2017 NCAA Division III CCM Women’s Hockey All-American West First Team, by the American Hockey Coaches Association.

She becomes the 15th player, fifth sophomore, and first goalie in Gustavus Women’s Hockey history to earn the prestigious honor.

Goalie Coach Steve Carroll with Amanda DiNella at 2017 NCAA Division III National Tournament.

Coach Steve Carroll is the goalie coach for the Gustavus women’s hockey team.

DiNella, a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference Team member, finished the regular season as the league’s goaltending champion, posting the MIAC-best save percentage (.947), goals against average (0.92), winning percentage (.813), and most shutouts with eight.

In 20 appearances and 17 starts, DiNella has compiled a record of 13-3-2. She owns an NCAA-best 1.08 goals against average and is tied for the most shutouts with eight. In addition, her .778 win percentage ranks eighth while her .944 save percentage ranks 13th. In 1,108:21 minutes played, DiNella has accumulated 329 saves and allowed just 20 goals on the season.

DiNella has backstopped a Gustavus defense that ranks sixth nationally in goals allowed per game (1.41). She is the first Gustie goaltender to post 13 wins since Lindsey Hibbard posted 16 wins in 2012-13 and is one shutout away from tying a program record of nine shutouts in a season, set by Breanna Scavo in 2007-08. DiNella has greatly exceeded her numbers from her freshman season, improving her win total from three to 13 while nearly cutting in half the number of goals allowed.

On March 10 at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, DiNella helped guide Gustavus to its first NCAA Tournament victory since 2013 as she registered a career-high 38 saves in the 3-2 NCAA Division II National Tournament first round win.

U12A goalie from Delano wins set of Brian’s gloves

Congratulations to Maria Manuel, a U12A goalie from Delano, Minnesota, who was selected to win a customized set of gloves from Brian’s Custom Sports.

L-R: Brad Johnson, Brian’s Custom Sports, Maria Manuel, U12A goalie from Delano, Steve Carroll, Carroll Goalie School.

Manuel was fitted for her GNETiK 8.0 gloves during the 2017 Let’s Play Hockey Expo held in mid-March in St. Paul.

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

Brian’s Custom Sports sponsors the Carroll Goalie School.

Coach Carroll featured in his hometown magazine

Coach Steve Carroll was recently featured in the Edina Magazine:

I grew up playing hockey in the Edina Association and made the switch to goalie during my last year of peewees. The coach of that team saw me playing goalie in a neighborhood floor hockey tournament during the summer and asked if I would be interested in playing goalie on skates. I said I would give it a try and he picked me to be one of the goalies on the “A” team.

Coach Carroll played goalie for the Edina-East High School Hornets.

After that season, I played two years of bantam “A” hockey before earning a spot on the Edina-East High School varsity squad. In high school, we made it to the state tournament during my senior season. We won our first two games (Roseau  and Grand Rapids) in the tournament at the St. Paul Civic Center before falling in the championship tilt to Rochester John Marshall.

Nonetheless, it was quite the thrill and something I will never forget. Thanks for the magic of videotape, I have the games from back then and periodically watch them to rekindle the memories.

In fall 2016, the Edina Magazine contacted me about doing a feature story on my hockey career in the community and my goalie school, which is now in it’s 23rd season. The Carroll Goalie School holds a three-day clinic at Braemar Arena in Edina, the exact rink I learned to play the game in.


2017 CGS schedule now available

I am excited to let you know that our 2017 schedule has been posted on our website.

This will be our 23rd year of goalie development excellence as we help boys and girls, ages 6-15, achieve success between the pipes!

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

Sessions offered include:

  • Intro to Goaltending
  • Intermediate Skills
  • Advanced Skills
  • Tryout Tune-up

The sessions will be held on weekends at Richfield Arena, Eagan Civic Center, Braemer Arena (Edina) and Schwan Super Rink (Blaine).

CGS getting set for our 23rd season

We are getting ready for our 23rd season of helping goalies improve their skills, consistency, confidence and overall game performance at our popular weekend camps that will be held throughout Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

Check out our 2017 schedule.

Coach Carroll helping a goalie at one of his weekend sessions.

This year, CGS will offer four different skill development programs: Intro to goaltending, intermediate skills, advanced skills and tryout tune-up. Ice times are at night and on weekends at Braemar Arena (Edina), Eagan Civic Center, Richfield Arena, Schwan Super Rink (Blaine)

In 2016, goalies from throughout Minnesota and five other states (Alaska, California, Iowa, North Dakota, Wisconsin) joined us for a weekend of skill development.

Goalie parents like the variety of programs we offer because they realize that training under the watchful eye of Director Steve Carroll and his staff can make a significant impact in the development of their kids.

Here is what some last year’s participants said about their CGS experience.

“CGS has improved our son’s goalie skills tremendously the past two years. Coach Carroll and his staff always treat the goalies with respect and you can tell they love what they do.”
Megan A., Woodbury, Minnesota

“Is it a coincidence; five years with Carroll and five winning seasons?
Logan C., Lakeville, Minnesota

“Our son learned a lot about goaltending and had a blast doing it. We will be back for more camps for sure.”
Steve F., Mason City, Iowa

“This is our second time with Steve Carroll. We love the camp, from the good price/value, coaching, ice time, and skills that are developed. Once again we highly recommend Steve’s camp/clinics. He is very knowledgeable, has a great heart, and truly loves helping the kids. Thank you Steve and coaches for another great, successful camp, which our son Ethan Kalafatich truly enjoyed!”
Brian K., Mahtomedi, Minnesota

“Ty made some big improvements in his skating. Namely shuffles and c-cuts. I would highly recommend this school just for skating instruction alone. Coach Carroll was also very approachable and helpful with his answers to my questions. Great job!”
Chad S., International Falls, Minnesota

“Coaches are very knowledgeable and pushed my daughter beyond her comfort zone.”
Joshua S., Delano, Minnesota

“My son wanted the weekend to be longer!!!”
Kristi B, St. Paul, Minnesota

“Really friendly instructors who care about everyone and made it fun and helpful.”
Brandon B, Sartell, Minnesota

“Great camp and a good learning experience for my son. He came off the ice with a smile on his face everyday!”
Mark U., Duluth, Minnesota

Wonderful trip to Europe

As the goalie coach for the Gustavus Adolphus College women’s hockey team, Coach Steve Carroll had the wonderful opportunity to visit Switzerland, Austria and Italy over the holiday break.

We flew into Zurich, Switzerland and spent the day touring downtown. From there we headed by bus to Bolzano, Italy. On the next day, we were off to the resort town of Kitzbuhel, Austria. Even though it was early January, they did not have any snow on the ground. The ski hills were open thanks to snowmaking machines.

On day three, we visited downtown Bolzano and all the Christmas markets that were still open and very festive. Then we were off to Milan, Italy, the financial and fashion hub of the country. There were tons of people there and that place was something else.

After that, we moved on to Como, Italy. More Christmas markets were open and they also had an outdoor skating rink nearby that was filled with locals. We returned later that night for a New Year’s eve celebration. Many of the buildings in the courtyard area had colorful winter scenes projected on the walls, which made for a spectacular setting. At midnight, there was a huge fireworks show over Lake Como.

On our last full day, we journeyed to Lugano, Switzerland and toured that wonderful city on a lake. Besides all the spectacular places we visited, the squad posted a 3-0 record in the exhibition games.  Overall, it was an awesome and memorable trip.