Helping goalies achieve success between the pipes

The Carroll Goalie School provides weekend skill development clinics in the Twin Cities for boys and girls, ages 6-15.

“I’m proud of the reputation we’ve earned for developing quality, fundamentally-sound goaltenders,” said Steve Carroll, an Edina, Minn., native, who is lead instructor at the popular weekend clinics offered in the summer and fall.

Coach Steve Carroll teaching goalies at one of his clinics in St. Paul.

Carroll uses his extensive coaching experience to teach goalies what it takes to be successful. He coaches goalies at the youth, high school and college levels. He shares his wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for the position with the goalies who attend his clinics.

“Our talented and personable team of 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. “Goalies who train with us work hard, improve their skills and have fun!”

CGS offers clinics at five convenient Minneapolis-St. Paul locations including Blaine, Eagan, Edina, Richfield and St. Paul (TRIA Rink).

“We help goalies take their games to new levels by building individual skills, techniques, athleticism, consistency and self-confidence,” Carroll said.

Goalie parents like the variety of CGS programs (Intro to goaltending, Intermediate Skills, Advanced Skills and Tryout Tune-up) that are offered and realize that training under the watchful eye of Coach Carroll and his staff can make a significant impact on the skill development of their kids.

In 2018, goalies from around Minnesota and 10 other states trained at CGS. Outstate participants came from Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

“I am a long-time hockey coach and also a goalie dad,” said Greg Smith, from Omaha, Nebraska. “I thought this was a great camp for my son. I recorded some of the drills and plan to incorporate them into my practices. I thought they did a great job with skill development while keeping it fun for the goalies. We will definitely make the trip back from Omaha (and probably bring a few more goalies with us).”

Coach Carroll talking to a group of goalies during a weekend session at Edina’s Braemar Arena.

“After attending the introductory session, my daughter could not wait to go again,” said Courtney Brod, Woodbury, Minn. “We signed her up for the Intermediate session just weeks later and she had another great experience. We are sure to continue with Carroll Goalie Schools for years to come.”

“My daughter learned a lot from these clinics and had a lot of fun doing so,” said Ashley Jovan, Buffalo, Minn. “She’ll be back again! Thank you CGS!”

Michael Shroat, from Minneapolis said, “My son thinks that the tryout tune-up camp is the best camp that he goes to. He thinks it’s a great balance of skating and drills to get him ready for the beginning of his association season. He started it as a mite and will continue until he’s a Bantam. Thanks for the great weekend and the encouragement the kids get from you and your staff!”

“This was Jonathan’s first formal goaltending clinic and he enjoyed every minute of it. The mix of skating, hand-eye drills, and shooting stations kept him constantly engaged and learning,” said Tim Froemke, Alexandria, Virginia.

“CGS does a great job working with the goalies on all aspects of the game. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her time at camp,” said Troy Iverson, Farmington, Minn.


Carroll has more than 30 years experience coaching goalies at the youth, high school and college levels. He is the goalie coach for the nationally ranked Gustavus Adolphus College Women’s team. He also serves as the USA Hockey, Minnesota District Goalie Development Coordinator.

As a goalie, Carroll won a State Peewee “A” title with Edina and participated in the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament where he helped the Hornets to a second-place finish.

At Minnesota State University, Mankato, Carroll led the Mavericks to a NCAA Division II National Championship. He played in 119 games, made 3,570 saves, posted a career mark of 81-32-2 and still holds several of the school’s all-time goaltending records.

Steve was also a two-time All-American and top-10 finalist for the inaugural Hobey Baker Award, presented to the best player in men’s college hockey. He also earned a free-agent tryout with the NHL’s Minnesota North Stars.

Carroll has been inducted in Edina High School and Minnesota State athletic halls of fame.

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