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After making the U18 Team USA roster, Maple Grove goaltender Dani Strom commits to St. Thomas

The 16-year-old goaltender backstopped Maple Grove to a state tournament appearance in 2021-22 while posting a .939 save percentage over 28 games.

Dani Strom
Dani Strom stands in goal at the 2022 Minnesota State Tournament in a quarterfinal match-up against Gentry Academy.
Sydney Wolf / The Rink Live

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — Maple Grove goaltender Dani Strom caught the eyes of many collegiate programs after posting a .939 save percentage for the Crimson over 28 games and backstopping the team to a state tournament appearance.

After her sophomore season in 2021-22, Strom started to make waves not only in the state of Minnesota, but also nationally.

The goaltender was selected to the USA Hockey Girls 16/17's camp, then advanced to the Select-18's camp in July.

The Dayton, Minnesota, resident then made the cut as one of the top four goaltenders in the nation to attend the USA Women's Hockey National Festival in Buffalo, New York. It was then announced that Strom had made the cut to be a part of the Team USA U18 squad.

"It was kind of crazy, it was really surreal honestly. I always had confidence in myself but seeing other people be confident in you is really cool," she said.

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The Minnesota native was inspired to play hockey by her two older brothers, Nick and Josh , who also played the sport. Nick played with Western Michigan last season as a freshman and will play with RPI this year as a sophomore.

Strom originally was both a skater and a goalie, but eventually made the choice to stay in net. She played boys hockey with Choice League and Minnesota Made for most of her youth years.

"I can read the ice pretty well and I know how plays are going to develop," says the goaltender on her strengths out on the ice.

When it came time this summer to start the recruitment process, things picked up quickly.

"The first call (from coaches) was definitely scary, but after that you realize they're just people and you just have to have honest conversations with them and try to find the right fit and I found that with St. Thomas."

On Sept. 15, Strom announced her verbal commitment to play Division I hockey with the University of St. Thomas.

"It just felt right ... when they went D-I and I saw all the girls that I knew committing there and I got to meet the staff and tour the school — it was perfect," she said.

Strom will know quite a few of her future teammates for the Tommies, including Andover's Cailin Mumm and Hill-Murray's Ellah Hause .

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The 5-foot-6 goaltender still has two seasons left of high school, and hopes to make it back to the state tournament and to win a state title with the Crimson.

Strom is not only talented on the ice, but also plays varsity softball at Maple Grove. When she's not playing sports, you can find her fishing, hunting, or baking.

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Sydney Wolf is a reporter for The Rink Live, primarily covering youth hockey. She joined the team in November of 2021 and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Mass Communications and a minor in Writing and Rhetoric Studies and was a part of the University Honors Program.
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