MINNEAPOLIS -- The 2017-18 season marks the 21st season of Gopher women's hockey. Twenty years of student-athletes set the foundation for where the program is today, and it's time to reconnect with them. Up next in our alumni spotlight is Jenelle Philipczyk.
Philipczyk played for the Gophers from 2004-05 to 2007-08. The Woodbury, Minn., appeared in 155 games and recorded 61 career points (24g-37a). A two-time WCHA All-Academic Team honoree, Philipczyk was also a two-time recipient of Minnesota's Bonnie Olein Unsung Hero Award. As a freshman, she helped the Gophers to the program's third national championship along with the WCHA regular season and tournament titles.
GopherSports.com caught up with Philipczyk to find out where life has taken her most recently.
Gopher Sports: Where has life taken you since you graduated from the University of Minnesota?
Jenelle Philipczyk: I graduated in 2008 moved to Miami, Fla., to continue my education and obtain a Master’s degree. I lived in North Miami for a little over two years and graduated in 2010 as a Physician Assistant.
GS: Where do you currently live and work?
JP: I moved back to Minnesota and married my husband Ben. We currently live in Rosemount, Minn. We have a five-year-old daughter Lilah and an 18-month-old daughter Bella. I work at the University of Minnesota as a Physician Assistant in Surgical Oncology.
GS: What personal or professional accomplishment(s) are you most proud of since you graduated from the University of Minnesota?
JP: I am honored to be working at the University of Minnesota caring for patients as they go through treatment for their cancer and recover from surgery.
GS: What is your favorite memory about your time as a Gopher on the ice? Off the ice?
JP: Winning the National Championship in 2005! Traveling with my teammates around the country.
GS: What are you most proud of from your time as a Gopher?
JP: Winning the Bonnie Olein Unsung Hero Award in 2007 and 2008. Bonnie meant a lot to our team, and it meant a lot to win an award named in her honor.
GS: What advice would you give your college self/current Gophers?
JP: Enjoy this opportunity you’ve been given. It’s a privilege few get to experience.
GS: How did your college hockey career help prepare you for life after college?
JP: Competing as part of a team allowed me to be a part of something bigger than myself. I learned commitment, hard work, and most importantly, honesty. I learned to compose myself and stay focused in difficult moments. I still live by, to be on time is to be late, to be early is to be on time.
GS: Are you still involved with hockey/sports? If so, how?
JP: I have gotten involved coaching my daughter at the youth hockey level.
GS: Who is a Gopher women's hockey player you have enjoyed watching play after you graduated and why?
JP: Bethany Brausen because we shared wearing number 16.
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