By Carter Brooks
Photos by Laurie Anderson and John Woods
Current St. Mary's Academy Flames forward Kennedy Frank has agreed to terms with the American Collegiate Hockey Association's Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx.
The 18-year-old Winnipeg product spent the past three seasons skating with the St. Mary's Prep team, working her way into a leadership role near the end of her high school career. In 53 Canadian Sport School Hockey League games with the Flames this past season, Frank amassed 10 goals, 19 points and 26 penalty minutes. The right winger collected 21 goals, 49 points and 73 penalty minutes over her three-year career.
Frank's decision to sign with the Lynx stems from both her desire to succeed on the ice as well as in the classroom. Currently a multi-year honour roll student, Frank will look to begin a career in criminal justice while living in the south-eastern suburb of St. Louis.
"I was very impressed with my treatment throughout this entire process," Frank said in a press release. "I was constantly checked up on and kept informed while never feeling pressured. I also loved the family atmosphere of the team when I went down to visit during training camp. Even though I was only a visitor the girls worked to make me feel like I wasn't an outsider. I am also a fan of the small class sizes and the fact that the professors are so understanding towards student-athletes."
According to her father Rob, Kennedy has always had a school-first mentality - something that he expects will continue while his daughter continues to pursue her hockey career in the ACHA.
"Kennedy has worked very hard on the ice pushing herself to excel, in the gym to get stronger, and in the classroom always maintaining Honours," he told Game On Magazine. "Being a student athlete is difficult but Kennedy has always made us proud with her determination and effort to succeed, all while remembering that hockey and the team are about having fun. The result is a great opportunity to play University Hockey and get her education."
After playing one season of rec hockey, Frank joined the Winnipeg Twins, where she skated for four seasons of AA hockey before entering the St. Mary's Academy hockey program and receiving coaching from Larry Bumstead, Dave Chell and Co. In 2016, Frank made an All-Star Game appearance for the Flames, collected the St. Mary's Academy Athletic Achievement Award, while finishing as a finalist for the women's high school hockey division one rookie of the year award. This past season, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound forward won gold in the sixth-annual Female World Sport School Challenge in Winnipeg.
The Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx finished the 2018-19 hockey season third place in the ACHA division with a 19-4-3 record in 26 league games. Lindenwood University-Belleville put up 116 goals in those 26 games and held their opponents to a league-best 35 goals against. While going 9-1-1 at home this past season, Frank will surely look to help the Lynx continue building upon their stellar .788 win percentage in 2019-20.