Former UMD Hockey Captain Leaves Lasting Impact
Bulldogs Honor Andrew Carroll
DULUTH, Minn- The middle of January 2018 comes with heavy hearts for the UMD hockey community.
“He always had the biggest smile on his face, I’d say. He was just an awesome guy, he was positive, he would do anything you wanted him to do, he never had anything bad to say about anyone.”
Kind words used by UMD Sophomore Riley Tufte to describe one of UMD hockey’s most passionate players, 4-year captain and Minnesota native Andrew Carroll.
“Very driven, great team guy, lot of passion for the game.” Say UMD Head Hockey Coach Scott Sandelin
A born leader, Carroll lead UMD to their first WCHA championship in 24 years, continuing to play professionally after UMD for seven seasons.
Sandelin continues, “(He was) Probably the one guy I had to say slow down (to) when he was here. but you weren’t going to slow Andrew down, he was very driven to be better, he did whatever he could.”
Carroll’s real impact came long after he’d hung up his skates.
Tufte remembers, “I was with Andrew everyday this summer. He was always there for me, he was working me out this summer and training me.”
Tufte worked closely with Carroll at Blaine, even crediting him with his decision to play hockey for the Bulldogs.
“Yeah he did. I talked to him when UMD was talking to me and he had nothing but good things to say about UMD. He was always there for me, like I said, and he had a huge impact on me.” Adds Tufte.
Now UMD hockey is honoring Carroll with a special helmet sticker for the remainder of the season, paying tribute an athlete and role model who embodied so much of what it means to wear a Bulldog sweater.
Tufte concludes, “He was just always there for me and whoever needed it. Whether it was 12:00 at night or 5 in the morning he was down to do whatever you wanted to do just to make you a better player and person.”
The Chicago Medical Examiners office ruled Carroll’s death a suicide. If you or anyone you know may be at risk, you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 24/7, online and over the phone.