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Taking The Ice With... Jennie

by Staff Writer / Chicago Blackhawks
Like food and water, ice has always been part of Jennie's life.

The Naperville native, currently in her fourth season as a member of the Ice Crew, has been around ice rinks since she was a child participating in competitive figure skating.

"I basically grew up in an ice rink," Jennie says. "I was a highly competitive skater up to the junior level. I even trained in Vail, Co. with world renowned coaches."

But after the competitions ended, Jennie had to find a new way to stay on the ice and eventually found it close to home.

Jennie became the assistant skating director at the rink in which she once honed her talents, working as a coach with younger skaters.

"Skating is such a part of my life. I don't think I can ever give it up," Jennie says.

But being a skating director and coach wasn't enough for the energetic brunette. She wanted to be back on the ice putting on performances, much like she did in the past.

Conveniently, it was at her rink where she found that opportunity with the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew presented by Bud Light.

"There were flyers (for Ice Crew tryouts) posted in the rink," says Jennie, who currently works as a photography editor. "So I thought, why not?"

Now a seasoned veteran, Jennie not only gets to take the United Center ice several times a game, but she also gets the chance to be around her favorite sport and team.

Jennie said her all-time favorite Blackhawk is Doug Wilson and that her current favorite is Martin Havlat.

"I am going to do this next year and for as long as I can," Jennie says. "I love it."

OUCH!: During games, Jennie has many responsibilities. Her favorite Ice Crew duty, though, is the T-Shirt Toss with Tommy Hawk.

"It gives me the opportunity to show off the mean spiral my brother taught me how to throw," Jennie says.

But being on the Ice Crew isn't always fun and games.

Jennie said that her most embarrassing moment as an Ice Crew member happened at a game last season.

While sitting on Tommy Hawk's lap and waving to the crowd on the Jumbotron, Tommy opened his legs and she fell to the floor to the amusement of many Blackhawks fans.

"I didn't think it was that funny," she said. "But everybody else did. Tommy can be a real jerk sometimes."

DO I KNOW YOU?: Jennie said she has noticed the atmosphere in the United Center this season is different than compared to previous years.

"There are a lot more fans this year," she said. "Chicago fans are crazy. I absolutely love the fans. It's nice to have that support."

More fans mean more visibility for Jennie and her fellow Ice Crew members. Jennie said she is even starting to get recognized outside of the United Center.

"(A man at a restaurant) once asked if I was on the Ice Crew because I looked familiar from the game he had been to a few nights before," she said. "It's kind of cool to have people recognize you."

"QUIZ ME": Jennie said she wants Blackhawks fans to know that the Ice Crew is full of avid hockey fans who understand and love the game just as much as they do.

"I know a lot about the game of hockey," Jennie said. "I basically grew up in the ice rink, so I've always loved to watch it. Quiz me anytime."

All of the Ice Crew members have backgrounds in skating. Some like Jennie were figure skaters, while some like Yanina played hockey.

QUOTES TO LIVE BY: "Happiness is not getting what you want; it's wanting what you already have ... The best thing to wear to get people to notice you is your personality."

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