(KMSP) - The University of Minnesota Duluth community is mourning after former hockey team captain Andrew Carroll passed away. He was 32.
Carroll, a Shoreview native, was a four-time University of Minnesota Duluth hockey letterman and multi-year team captain. According to the team website, Andrew Carroll was the only individual in the 74-year history of UMD hockey to hold "some type of team captaincy role for at least part of four different seasons."
In 2008-09, he became the first Bulldog men's hockey player to receive the Shjon Podein Community Service Award, 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.
After graduating from UMD with a Bachelor's degree in physical education, Carroll went on to play professionally for seven seasons with nine different American Hockey League and East Coast Hockey League teams.
According to the team, the Bulldogs will sport a special "AC" decal on their helmets this season to honor Carroll.
Statement from UMD Men's Hockey Staff:
We are devastated and heartbroken by the news our former captain, Andrew Carroll, has passed away. 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.
Statement from the Carroll Family:
We are deeply saddened to share of the loss of Andrew, an amazing brother, son, uncle, nephew, cousin, teammate, mentor, and friend who died tragically after a fall at the Chicago O'Hare Airport. We are deeply grieving but have the assurance that he is in the loving arms of Jesus because of his decision to accept Christ. At this difficult time, what also gives us comfort is that his life meant so much to so many people and he was able to give the gift of hope by donating his heart and organs so that others might have life. May his love for Jesus and others live through each of us. We are in the process of making arrangements for his celebration of life and hope you can join us as we honor Andrew.