Ex-UMD captain Andrew Carroll dies after accident – Twin Cities

DULUTH, Minn. — Andrew Carroll, a four-time Minnesota Duluth hockey letterman and multi-year team captain, died Monday at the age of 32.

His family, in a statement, said Carroll died after a fall at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

A native of Shoreview, Minn., Carroll is the only individual in UMD’s 74-year team history to have served as a captain or assistant captain for at least part of four seasons.

Minnesota Duluth's Andrew Carroll looks toward the Bulldog bench during a break in action Friday, January 18 against Minnesota at the DECC in Duluth. (Duluth News-Tribune)
Minnesota Duluth’s Andrew Carroll looks toward the Bulldog bench during a break in action Friday, January 18 against Minnesota at the DECC in Duluth. (Duluth News-Tribune)

“We are devastated and heartbroken by the news our former captain, Andrew Carroll, has passed away,” the UMD hockey staff said in a statement. “Andrew was a driven student-athlete, loyal teammate and selfless leader. He exemplified Bulldog hockey in every way, and it is clear how much he meant to this program by the outpouring of emotion we have received from his teammates and other alumni since we heard of the accident.”

Carroll played in 153 games with the Bulldogs and totaled 69 points (34 goals, 35 assists). The physical-education major earned WCHA All-Academic honors three times.

“Seeing Andrew Carroll play hockey, meant seeing someone with a smile, all the time,” former Duluth newspaper reporter Kevin Pates, who covered UMD hockey for 23 years, said via email. “Tirelessly working at practice, after practice, in games. He loved being part of team, setting an example and finding out what his effort could bring. Always upbeat. Always intense.

“In 2008-09, after UMD finished the regular season winless in the final five games, the captains, including Carroll, met with the team, and talked about not missing an opportunity. The Bulldogs went on to win the WCHA playoff title and qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years.

“Carroll wasn’t a scoring leader, but a leader in every other category you can measure.”

During that senior season, Carroll became the first Bulldogs men’s hockey player to receive the Shjon Podein Community Service Award, which is presented annually to a UMD student-athlete who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the field of play and has made noteworthy humanitarian contributions in the Duluth and UMD communities.

The University of Minnesota Duluth men's hockey team members, including captains Josh Meyers (front left), Matt Greer and Andrew Carroll, all sport Mohawks for their games in St. Paul this week. The team left for St. Paul around noon, and will play in the conference WCHA Final Five starting tomorrow. (Amanda Hansmeyer / ahansmeyer@duluthnews.com)
The University of Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team members, including captains Josh Meyers (front left), Matt Greer and Andrew Carroll, all sport Mohawks for their games in St. Paul this week. The team left for St. Paul around noon, and will play in the conference WCHA Final Five starting tomorrow. (Amanda Hansmeyer / [email protected])

In addition, Carroll was one of 10 NCAA Division I players who were chosen as finalists for the 2008-09 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, which is based on achievement in the “Four C’s” — classroom, character, community and competition.

Following his collegiate career, Carroll played professionally for seven seasons with nine American Hockey League and East Coast Hockey League teams.

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