Andover native Rooney makes 2017-18 U.S. national hockey team

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Andover High School graduate and University of Minnesota Duluth goaltender Maddie Rooney was named to the United State Women’s National Team. At 19, she is the youngest player on the team who will compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. (Photo by UMD Athletics)
Andover High School graduate and University of Minnesota Duluth goaltender Maddie Rooney was named to the United States Women’s National Team. At 19, she is the youngest player on the team who will compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. (Photo by UMD Athletics)

Maddie Rooney, an Andover High School graduate and goaltender for the University of Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team, earned a spot on the 2017-18 United States Women’s National Team.

She is one of 23 players who will train together beginning in September and participate in competitions leading up to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Rooney is just 19 years old, making her the youngest player on the team. She is one of three goalies, joining Alex Rigsby and Nicole Hensley and one of seven players on college teams who will miss the 2017-18 season to play with the U.S. team.

For UMD this season, Rooney finished fourth in the NCAA and second in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with a .942 saves percentage. Her 1,013 saves ranked second in the nation as the Bulldogs went 25-7-5 with a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

After the season, Rooney competed for the U.S National Team at the 2017 World Championship. The team won a gold medal, defeating Russia on April 1 with Rooney earning the 7-0 shutout win.

At Andover, Rooney played two seasons with the girls team before joining the boys team her senior season in 2014-15, racking up 650 saves in 25 games.