The Connecticut Whale have signed their 2016 National Women’s Hockey League Draft pick, goaltender Sydney Rossman on Monday.
The Quinnipiac University netminder, was the 2015-2016 Eastern College Athletic Conference Goaltender of the Year. She was also a finalist for the 2015-2016 ECAC Player of the Year.
The Excelsior, Minnesota native who will graduate from Quinnipiac, with a Marketing Degree on May 20, put up a 52-13-11 record, with a 1.16 goals against average and .938 save percentage, in four seasons between the pipes for the Bobcats. She also holds the school record for shutouts in a season with 26, while being selected as a Quinnipiac Scholar-Athlete.
During her junior season, she helped lead her team to a ECAC Championship and a trip to the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament. The three-time winner of the Minnesota State High School Championships, with Minnetonka High School, also attended three USA Hockey National Select Camps and USA Hockey Under-18 Women’s World Championship Team camp.
Between the ages of 12 and 16 years old, she got a start on developing her career in net, at Stauber’s Goal Crease, the goaltending school owned by current United States Women’s National Team Head Coach, Robb Stauber.
While playing for the Whale, Rossman will also teach her trade to young goalies at Pro Crease Goaltending. The school is run by current Quinnipiac Men’s goalie coach, Jared Waimon. In addition to protecting the crease for the Whale and her coaching duties at the school, she will also pursue a Masters of Business Administration at Quinnipiac.
Rossman said, “I hope to start a program at Pro Crease, dedicated to coaching women goalies.”
In discussing the opportunity to play in the league she added, “It was a really cool thing to get the contract offer to join the Whale and the NWHL. I was hoping to play for the Whale this upcoming season, but it was not a reality until I got that email. It is really great to continue my hockey career at a high level.”
Rossman continued, “Since I have teammates and friends on the four teams, I was at a lot of NWHL games the last two years and was really impressed. The NWHL is all about the opportunity for women in pro sports. I am excited to get the chance to be a part of the league and help build its reputation in this early phase. I am hoping a lot of people come out and see us starting in October. I believe this season can have a huge impact on the future of the NWHL and from hear the league will grow stronger.”
While being a huge Minnesota Wild Fan, she added that she is a huge fan of St. Louis Blues goalie, Jake Allen. Her five-foot-five frame makes her more of a stand-up goalie, who challenges the shooter by playing the angles. She also added that she is known to have a calm and cool demeanor, with not many superstitions.
The third season of the NWHL will drop the puck in October, as the league’s “Founding Four” teams, Whale, New York Riveters, Boston Pride and defending Isobel Cup Champions, Buffalo Beauts, will play their full slate of home games. The league will also have a few neutral site matchups between the clubs as they try to showcase the game in markets.