Oswego State women’s ice hockey assistant captain Jenna Kirkwood’s strong performance against ninth-ranked Neumann College made her this week’s athlete of the week.
Last weekend, Kirkwood had a goal in a game on Saturday and a goal on Sunday, both against the Knights.
Kirkwood’s older brother had played when she was younger and that inspired her to compete as well. Whether she was playing or watching her favorite player, Trevor Linden of the Vancouver Canucks, her life was always surrounded by hockey. Fifteen years later, she is the assistant captain for the Oswego State women’s ice hockey team.
So far this year, Kirkwood has a team-leading six goals helping the team to a 2-3 record (1-3 in the ECAC West). She hopes to make the playoffs again, and to have a better record than last year’s team, which went 8-16-1. As an individual, her expectations are simple: get points and do whatever it takes to help the team reach the playoffs.
When Kirkwood graduates, she hopes that hockey always stays with her. Although there is very little opportunity for female hockey players, she still wants to play recreationally. As long as hockey is in her life, Kirkwood will be happy.