We asked Kennedy where she usually played on the ice, and to breakdown her game for her new fans. She told us
“I’ve always been forward, right wing the majority of the time, but I’ll play left. The side I don’t really have a preference on, but I’ve always been a wing. I would say that I’m a smart player. I try to be where the puck is before the puck gets there. Of course being offensive, I love to have the puck on my stick, and I like to make passes. The offensive zone is where I like to be. I would not say my defensive zone is terrible, but obviously there are things that I’m going to need to work on. But I just try to think ahead of the game. I’m trying to think where the puck’s going to be, not where the puck was. And I think that’s a big factor in what helps me be so successful.”
Kennedy took a few penalties in college, but cut down on that in the SDHL, so we asked her about that too.
“Yeah, I think it’s the style of the game over there” she laughed. "The ice surface is also a lot bigger in Sweden, they play on an Olympic ice surface. All the rinks are Olympic size. It’s a lot different, you have more time than you think usually. It’s bigger than the NCAA rinks, and it’s bigger than the NWHL rinks, I’m pretty sure. So I think with just the style of play, it’s less chance to be bumping into people and stuff like that. You have a lot more time and space with the puck too. I think that with the style of play there’s just a lot less penalties overall in the game.”
We also had five Fun Fact questions for Kennedy, and here they are with her responses:
Have you done ant coaching? “i haven’t had any coaching experience, but there’s been here and there helping out with the odd youth team or hockey camp. And we try to take a turn in HV running a practice. Just little things like that, but not too much.”
Which is the favorite rink you’ve played in? "Of course I would have to take Saint Lawrence’s rink, Appleton. I loved playing in that rink. It was a small, home type feel. It’s by far my favorite rink for sure. It’s phenomenal.”
Do you have any pets? " I do not right now. I had a dog, Belle, she passed away two October’s ago. I love dogs, my favorite animal for sure. I want a dog when I’m older” 🐳 she laughed. ”I always had dogs growing up.”
Do you have any particular game day routines, such as meals, etc? “I’m not not super superstitious about things like that, so I don’t necessarily know if I even have an exact meal.I go to before and after. Just anything that I feel like on that day. If the game is in the mid-afternoon, I usually like to have breakfast as my pregame meal. But the games at night I’m pretty open to anything. I’m not superstitious like I need pasta, or I need this or I need that. I do always like to call my Dad on game day’s. I always have, just because when I was a kid he was always around. So I always like to call him on game days. But other than that, I try to keep things light. I try to have fun at the rink. If I’m too serious I don’t perform as well, but nothing crazy.”
So can you tell us something that most people wouldn’t know about you? “I think something that a lot of people don’t know about me is they might think the pressure that is put on me can sometimes get in my head. And a lot of people don’t know that I just try and have fun, I just try and keep things light. I think a lot of hockey fans think that everything has to be very intense. But people don’t know how light that I keep it, and how I turn that into a positive. And how that keeps me prepared. I think a lot of people don’t know that if there is too much intensity, I don’t perform as well. Which I think, is awfully odd. I think with most people, the more intense, the better they’ll perform. A lot of teammates say that’s very odd of me, but…” she laughed. “Each individual's view of what makes them successful is super interesting. And I think that’s super interesting about being on a team. Everyone prepares and everyone deals differently with different situations.”
As we wrapped things up with Kennedy, she had this message to pass on to the citizens of Cetacean Nation
“I’m super excited to get to Connecticut and get things going. I love meeting new people, and I’m excited to meet my teammates, the fans and the coaching staff. I’m excited to see everyone at their rink, last season was tough on fans without being able to be there with the pandemic going on. I’m super excited to compete hard each and everyday in front of all the fans and win that Isobel Cup. I think that’s everyone in Connecticut’s goal. And it’s super exciting to be on the team!”
Fins Up to that! And we thank our new Amazing, Kennedy Marchment for her great content, letting us get to know her a little better. The fans are all looking forward to seeing you in the white, green and blue in Season Seven!