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.


Goalie coaching workshop set for Dec. 18 in Brooklyn Park

Minnesota Hockey and USA Hockey have announced they will cooperatively host a High Performance Goaltending Coaching Workshop from 1:30-8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18 at the Brooklyn Park Community Center. The workshop is designed to teach youth hockey coaches of all skill levels how to effectively work with and develop goalies.img_5988

The clinic will include a series of classroom presentations as well as an on-ice session where participants will observe demonstration stations and get a chance to try various goalie-specific skating movements.  Coaches should bring skates and gloves and must wear a helmet during
the on-ice session.

Scheduled presenters include:

  • Phil Osaer, USA Hockey’s ADM Goaltending Manager
  • Mike MacMillan, USA Hockey’s National Coach-in-Chief
  • Steve Carroll, Minnesota Hockey’s Goalie Development Coordinator
  • Justin Johnson, goalie coach for the University of Minnesota men’s hockey team.

The workshop is open to registered USA Hockey coaches of all skill levels.

Click here to download the paper registration form. Pre-registration is required.

The High Performance Goaltending Coach Clinic is the latest in the series of initiatives focused on boosting the recruitment and development of goaltenders in Minnesota.

This summer Minnesota Hockey purchased 300 sets of the newly released QuickChange goalie pads, which are designed to introduce more players to the position.

Then, Goalie Development Coordinator Steve Carroll hosted eight goalie skill sessions in September. This coaching clinic brings the initiatives full circle by providing coaches throughout Minnesota with the tools and resources to help young goalies reach their potential.

Coaching goalies at Gustavus

This October, I begin my 16th season as an assistant coach of the Gustavus Adolphus College women’s hockey team. I primarily work with the goalies but also assist with recruiting future student-athletes.

My older brother Mike is the team’s head coach, while a younger brother, Pat, serves as a volunteer assistant.

Coach Carroll is an assistant coach at Gustavus Adolphus College.
Coach Carroll is an assistant coach at Gustavus Adolphus College.

I usually make it to practice on Wednesday nights. During that time, I work with the three goalies as a group and also get one-on-one time with each of them.

I then rejoin the team on weekends and am on the bench during games.

During our the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule, we face-off against St. Thomas, Augsburg, Saint Benedict’s, St. Catherine’s, St. Olaf, Concordia, Saint Mary’s, Bethel and Hamline.

Our non-conference games are against UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stevens Point, UW-River Falls, UW-Superior and St. Norbert’s.

Also this year, we are going to Europe and will have the opportunity to play a handful of exhibition games.

I am looking forward to another exciting season of coaching the Gusties.


Back on the ice in Edina

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.


Minnesota Hockey to purchase 300 sets of QuickChange goalie gear

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.

USA Hockey Launches Major Goaltending Initiative

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.

Carroll Goalie School offers weekend camps in Twin Cities

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.

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Goalie masks a big hit at LPH Expo

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.

Train with CGS in 2016

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! “

2016 schedule available

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 

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.