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Rosie Jeneault Ready For Brown Academics, Hockey

BY DAVE SHEA

In her sixth grade graduation program Rosie Jeneault wrote that her goals were to play NCAA Division I Hockey and become a dentist.

Next month she will graduate number four in the Class of 2020 at Ogdensburg Free Academy and next fall she will attend Brown University as a Women's Hockey recruit with plans to concentrate in Biology-Chemistry heading toward Dental School.

"I guess I am living my sixth grade dreams. I am really excited about going to Brown. I like the Providence, Rhode Island area. It is Ivy League so it has great academics obviously and the classes are relatively small which I really like," said Jeneault.

"And we have nine freshman players coming and I think we can help get the hockey program on track. I am really looking forward to playing against the strong competition (ECAC) and coming home and playing Clarkson and St. Lawrence every year."

The daughter of Ernie and Diane Jeneault is fully cognizant of the magnitude of the challenge of playing Division I Hockey while undertaking pre-med studies.

But she feels her high school experience as a well-rounded student-athlete has prepared her well.

While playing hockey for the Potsdam Ice Storm, the St. Lawrence Shiver which produced five Division I recruits and with the Napean, Ont. Junior Wildcats in the Provincial Women's Hockey League she also balanced competing at a championship level in volleyball and indoor and outdoor track-field at OFA. She was also active in several clubs and worked as a life guard.

Doing home work in the car on trips to the Ottawa and Toronto for hockey were a regular occurrence in her time management.

The PWHL is considered to be the highest level of junior women's amateur ice hockey in Ontario, and is sanctioned by Hockey Canada and the Ontario Women's Hockey Association.

The PWHL provides alumni to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (USPORTS), National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) the Professional Women's Hockey League, as well as the Canada women's national ice hockey team.

"I don't think I could possibly he busier than I have been in the last three years. I definitely feel ready for college and hockey," said Jeneault by phone from home, where she like high school seniors all over the country, is completing final classes at home safely dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic.

"Sitting out the pandemic has been very tough. I go a little stir crazy sometimes. I can't wait to be able to get out and do things. Hopefully I will be able to get out and do some skating over at Napean and on the small rink where we work on skills and shooting."

Rosie Jeneault has been working on her skills and shooting since she began her career playing on boys teams in the Ogdensburg Minor Hockey in fourth, fifth and sixth grade.

But she believes she was predestined to be hockey player and is extremely happy to continue a deep family Legacy.

"I guess you could say that hockey was in my DNA. Everyone in mom and dad's families were all hockey players. My dad and his brothers all played hockey, my brother played hockey, my mom's brothers all played hockey as did her cousins," says Jeneault.

"Two of mom's cousins Mark and Steve MacDougall (went on to play professional in New York Rangers system) played for Clarkson. I have gotten great family support. My mom and dad have gone to all of my games and a most of the practices."

In finding her natural way to hockey Rosie Jeneault gravitated to the blue line where her length, reach and ice savy were perfectly suited to the women's game where containment, communication and stick checking are paramount.

"I always loved playing defense. My dad played defense and brother was a defenseman. I have played a little forward at times over the years but it just seemed a little hectic," she says.

"On defense you see the whole ice and you see plays on unfold. I know my roles and I have always felt very comfortable on defense."

Her comfort level is matched by the level of gratitude she feels for all who have helped her pursue her dreams of becoming a collegiate student-athlete.

"I have really been lucky. Not a lot of parents could have made the commitment to get me to practices in Ottawa and to games as far away as Toronto the way mine did. And I had great coaching at all levels. At Potsdam (Ice Storm) I was coached by Clarkson's Casey Jones and he really taught me a lot," says Jeneault.

"My dad has always helped coach my teams which was really a plus. We talk hockey all the time. I want thank all of family, my coaches, my teammates and anyone who has helped me. And I have made some of my best friends playing hockey."

Ogdensburg's Rosie Jeneault rushes the puck for the Napean Junior Wildcats. (Provided Photo)

Brown bound Rosie Jeneault has loved her high school experience at OFA.

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