Rink Rat Profile Maddie Rooney

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Maddie Rooney

U.S. Women's National and Olympic Team

No. 35



Position: Goaltender

Catches: Left

Height: 5-foot-5

Weight: 145 pounds

Birthday: July 7, 1997

Hometown: Andover, Minn.

College Team: University of Minnesota Duluth


Ice Chips

Nickname - Rudy*

Favorite TV Show - Friends

Favorite Movie - Anything Nicholas Sparks

Pre-Game Meal - Oatmeal in the morning, chicken & rice for lunch

Favorite Musical Artist - Justin Bieber

Favorite Player Growing Up - Jessie Vetter

Celebrity You'd Like To Have Dinner With - Marc Andre Fleury 

Pre-Game Ritual/Superstitions - Always have pre-game coffee, worn the same headband since Bantam (washed, obviously), juggle racquetballs the same number of times, put left gear on first, listen to the same two songs right before going out on the ice

When I'm Not On The Ice, You Can Find Me - Crafting, anything outdoors such as hiking

Favorite Hockey Memory - Winning an Olympic gold medal in 2018


Did You Know?

Maddie has another nickname, given to her after her performance at the PyeongChang Olympics. After the gold-medal game someone went into her Wikipedia page and dubbed her "Secretary of Defense." This prompted U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to send her a note, "one secretary of defense to another."


She Said It

"You get what you put into it. The little things you do behind the scenes matters and will lead to your development and your success. ... But the most important thing would be to have fun and make the most out of every experience you're given."

Maddie's advice for girls playing hockey 


Social Side

Twitter - @maddie_rooney35

Instagram - @maddie_rooney35




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