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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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72