August 20, 2018– Sydney Rossman, who has spent the last five years in Connecticut as one of the top goaltenders in the ECAC while at Quinnipiac and as an all-star in her rookie NWHL season with the Whale, is returning home to Minnesota. The Minnetonka-raised Rossman has signed a contract to play the 2018-19 season with the NWHL’s Minnesota Whitecaps.
“It means so much to be able to move home and play in front of my family and friends as a member of the Minnesota Whitecaps in their first NWHL season,” said Rossman. “I am so humbled to be a part of the Whitecaps and the program they've built for many years. I’m especially excited to see all the young players from Minnesota and help establish a team for them to play on in the future. I can't think of a better state for a pro women's hockey team. It isn't called the State of Hockey for nothing!”
Last season, Rossman played in all 16 regular season games for the Whale and was outstanding throughout, with a 3.14 GAA and .885 save percentage. For her efforts, she was selected to play for Team Ott in the 2018 NWHL All-Star Game in Saint Paul.
Her record over four years at Quinnipiac was 52-13-11, with a GAA of 1.16 and .938 save percentage. In 2015-16, Rossman was ECAC Goalie of the Year and a finalist for ECAC Player of the Year, as she led the Bobcats to the ECAC Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Rossman also holds the school record for shutouts (26)
Rossman won three Minnesota State High School Championships with Minnetonka High School. A fan of the Minnesota Wild, who recently announced an alignment with the Whitecaps, Rossman is excited to come home and grateful for her time with the Whale in her rookie NWHL season.
“I had an amazing experience in the NWHL last year with the Connecticut Whale,” said Rossman. “I want to send out a special thank you to the fans and to the Whale for allowing me to be a part of such an awesome group last year.”