Ask not what Brown (U.) can do for teen hockey star, but ...

RON SMITH, QMI Agency

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American universities have had Jenn Nedow on their radar since she was in Grade 10.

The 17-year-old Nedow is going to be headed to Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island this fall.

The Grade 12 student at Thousand Islands Secondary School (TISS) in Brockville has accepted a four-year deal to play women's hockey for the Bears.

It's so exciting. There's just a lot of stress off your mind, just to know where I'm going, just to have it settled, said Nedow on Wednesday morning.

Nedow, the daughter of Jim and Wendy of Brockville, had been contacted by schools like Princeton and Clarkson, beginning in Grade 10.

There were a number of other Division One schools, along with some Division Three schools, who indicated they were very interested in the athletic, stay-at-home defenceman.

To get an Ivy League education, that was my main priority. When I went down there on my official visit, the campus was nice, the atmosphere was really good. I just knew I would really like it here, said Nedow.

While Nedow is also talented in volleyball, basketball and softball, there was no doubt in her mind she was looking for a hockey scholarship.

University scouts were concerned about what sport she would choose but hockey has been her No. 1. The other sports were good but they were something to do in the off-season before hockey, she explained.

A hockey scholarship wasn't really in her mind when she began playing hockey at the age of seven after she had started in figure skating.

Nedow played in the Brockville Angels organization until Grade 9 when she began playing for Cornwall in the Provincial Women's Hockey League.

She played there for two years before spending the last two years with the Ottawa Senators in that same league.

The five-foot, 11-inch Nedow was moved back and forth from defence to forward by her coaches before she's settled into her role on the blueline for the last three seasons.

The equivalent of Junior A hockey for boys, the Ottawa-based league has been able to give good exposure for girls to schools in the United States and Canada along with the Canadian national team.

No, not at all. It was always there in the back of your mind, wondering if it might happen, said Nedow. The more schools talked to you the more you thought it might actually happen.

Nedow, who pretty much always has a smile on her face, has always enjoyed the fun and competition of hockey.

To have a chance to get an education at a Division One school and playing against some of the best players in the world is really exciting, said Nedow.

While she doesn't have to decide on her major until her junior year, Nedow is planning on either biology or human development to be able to work in Third World countries.

The coaches haven't given her a specific workout to do from now until the start of the season but she plans on getting together with other players from the Ottawa area who are also headed to the U.S. for workouts this summer.

I'm getting really excited to go down there and play, said Nedow, who wanted to thank her parents and coaches for all their help and support in enabling her achieve this lofty goal.

Nedow is the younger sister of Tim Nedow, who is now on a track scholarship at DePaul University in Chicago after transferring there from Tulsa.


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