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Jr. Cane Gets Ride to Division I Program

Friday, 09.12.2008 / 2:07 PM ET / 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 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
V. Rask 54 14 19 2 33
J. Staal 56 12 21 8 33
J. Skinner 56 19 13 -1 32
K. Versteeg 55 11 21 1 32
E. Staal 56 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 56 8 17 -9 25
A. Nestrasil 49 9 12 1 21
J. Nordstrom 45 5 11 2 16
R. Hainsey 56 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 16 11 7 .909 2.35
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74