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· Minnesota native joining NWHL after four years at Quinnipiac (52-13-11, 1.16 GAA, .938 save percentage)
· Graduates on Saturday; while playing for the Whale, will pursue MBA at Quinnipiac and serve as a mentor to goalies at Pro Crease Goaltending
· 2015-16: ECAC Goalie of the Year; finalist for ECAC Player of the Year
· Won three Minnesota State High School Championships with Minnetonka High School
· From age 12-16, she developed at her position at the goaltending school of current USNT head coach Robb Stauber.
BROOKLYN, NY – 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.
In addition to coaching and playing, Rossman will pursue an MBA at Quinnipiac.
The Minnesota native graduates Quinnipiac on Saturday (May 20) and will receive her degree in Marketing. In her four-year hockey career there, 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. From age 12-16, she developed at her position at Stauber’s Goal Crease – the goaltending school of current USNT head coach Robb Stauber.
About Sydney Rossman:
Family: “My brother played Division III hockey at St. Thomas in Minnesota and my dad played hockey. Funny thing about my family is, before I committed to Quinnipiac, they’d never been to the East Coast. They love Minnesota so much, but this kind of opened up the world a bit to them, and now I’m sticking around the East. I’m not ready to go home yet”!
Hobby: “Love to cook. I’ve always wanted to go to culinary school in Italy. Maybe someday. I love the Food Channel – ‘Chopped and all those shows. I like making salmon in all different ways and with different marinades.”
Self-Scouting Report: “I’m known for having a calm demeanor during games. I don’t have any superstitions or do anything like kiss the goalposts. I’m only 5-foot-5, so I tend to be more of a stand-up goalie who challenges and plays the angles.”
Game-day Approach: “I don’t eat a ton. I like simple, small meals. I warm up three hours before the game with a routine of stretching and preparing myself mentally. Being ready is crucial.”
Hockey Development: “I played boys hockey until high school. Dave Rogalski coached me throughout my high school career and was a big influence. I trained at Stauber’s Goal Crease for 4-5 days a week from the age of 12-16. That played a big part of making me the goalie I am. I did all my off-ice training with two great programs during my high school days: First Athlete and Full Strength.”
Admired Athletes: “Although I’m a Minnesota Wild fan, I like Jake Allen of the St. Louis Blues. Love the look and style of his gear. As a soccer fan, I enjoy following Cristiano Ronaldo. I watch YouTube videos on him and it’s interesting to see how he works out and prepares.”
Favorite Music: “I have loved the band Train since I was a little kid.”
On Quinnipiac University: “Quinnipiac molded me into the player and the person I am today. Our coaches and trainers are incredible. It says a lot that I’m coming back for another year to do school. I doubt I would have predicted that when I got here as a freshman! It shows how great the school is.”