SACKVILLE, N.B. — Jenelle Hulan will forego her last year of eligibility with the Mount Allison Mounties to focus her time and energy on her education.
“I’ve decided to focus on what’s after Mount Allison and to kind of set myself up to get into a program with psychology that I would like to do so hopefully Masters or graduate school will be after Mount Allison,” Hulan said from Sackville Tuesday afternoon.
Hulan spent the past four years studying psychology at Mount A while patrolling the crease for the Mounties varsity female hockey team in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) level. She battled for crease time with Meghan Corley-Byrne during her stint with the Mounties and fell victim to concussion symptoms the past two seasons. She was sidelined for the Mounties run in the playoffs for both seasons so she was certainly not a happy camper watching her teammates from the sidelines.
Making the decision to put her education at the top of her priority list, Hulan began her pursuit of getting approval from Mount A for an independent study to carry out research and was happy to get approval. Knowing her extra work would take up a lot of her time, she decided to put hockey to the wayside once she had an avenue to pursue her educational goals.
“I couldn’t commit to hockey because in order to do an independent study you have to devote a lot of time out of class and weekends to collect research to do your analysis to work one-on-one with a professor so I couldn’t do both,” she said, noting her extra workload will count as one of her courses.
More importantly, Hulan, who is 22, is fit as a fiddle once again. She heads back to school in great health with no repercussions from the concussion symptoms that tested her mentally and physically while trying to get back on the ice with her teammates last year.
“I’ve had a lot of time to recover,” said the daughter of Stephenville’s Craig and Karen Hulan, who has played some basketball and soccer at the intramural level at Mount A. “I’m still training and I’m still very athletic, but I haven’t played a contact sport since.”
While every minute will be precious now with more school work on her plate, Hulan has a soft spot for the Mounties and plans on being one of their fans this year. She looks at her four years as a great learning experience that will prepare her for future endeavours and she had high praise for her teammates and coaches who made it fun to go to the rink every day.
She appreciates the opportunity the team afforded her.
“I would definitely do it all over again if I could,” she said.