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Jr. Cane Gets Ride to Division I Program

Friday, 09.12.2008 / 2:07 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Jr. Cane Gets Ride to Division I Program

Matt Gellatly isn’t the only Jr. Hurricanes product to make some noise at the next level lately.

Jennifer Burroughs, who played defense on boys’ teams with the Jr. Canes growing up in Raleigh, is about to start her Division I college hockey career after receiving a scholarship to Sacred Heart University in Connecticut.

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While most players of her skill level move on to prep schools to play with other girls, Burroughs, a Wakefield High School product, made the choice (and was talented enough) to stay at home and compete against the boys.

“You could tell three years ago that this girl was probably going to play hockey somewhere – it’s not something that came out of the blue,” said Hurricanes Youth and Amateur Hockey Coordinator Paul Strand. 

Burroughs spent the last three years playing with the Jr. Canes’ U-18 AA squad.  She didn’t make the team just because she was a girl, either.

”This was our top team,” said Strand, who helped run the tryouts.  “You have kids that are going to ECU and NC State that played on that team with her.  She was a very valuable player.”

Ron Francis, the Hurricanes’ assistant general manager and director of player development, knows the Burroughs family personally.  His son plays on the same team as Burroughs’ younger brother.

”She insisted that she play on the boys teams,” said Francis.  “She liked the physical nature and thought she needed to challenge herself with some competition as good as she is.  Seeing girls play hockey shows other girls in our market that they can do it too.”

Speaking of the physical nature of the boys’ teams, Burroughs didn’t play with the boys in spite of the contact – she played because of it.  In fact, Strand said the toughest challenge Burroughs will face in college is adapting to the non-contact rules in the women’s game.

”She is a rugged hockey player,” said Strand.  “When I saw her play, I never saw her take any abuse and just turn around and skate away.  She dished it right back out.”

Burroughs’ first game with Sacred Heart is September 27 against Connecticut.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 62 12 28 -18 40
E. Staal 57 18 20 -12 38
E. Lindholm 61 11 16 -18 27
J. Skinner 57 16 10 -17 26
N. Gerbe 58 7 16 -10 23
R. Nash 59 7 15 -10 22
V. Rask 60 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 62 6 13 3 19
J. Staal 26 4 12 -4 16
A. Nestrasil 34 4 11 4 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 20 4 .911 2.43
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .905 2.61