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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 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 47 27 12 8 143 120 62
6 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
7 WSH 47 24 14 9 140 124 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 42 16 14 -6 30
J. Faulk 47 9 19 -13 28
E. Lindholm 47 9 11 -11 20
J. Tlusty 40 12 7 -11 19
J. Skinner 42 10 9 -7 19
R. Nash 47 7 12 -4 19
N. Gerbe 43 5 13 -3 18
V. Rask 47 6 9 -10 15
A. Sekera 45 1 14 -6 15
C. Terry 34 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 6 8 2 .918 2.30
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45