Jenna Kurz is one of only a few players to spend seven seasons in the Morristown-Beard pipeline. Over that course and time, the senior forward developed into one of the most well-rounded players the team has ever had.
With eight goals and eight assists in seven games this past month, including a two-goal, three-point performance in Morristown-Beard’s 6-2 triumph over Immaculate Heart in the Prep Tournament title game on Feb. 14, Kurz is The HockeyClan’s Girls State Player of the Month for February.
“Jenna Kurz is not only an amazing hockey player, but an amazing athlete — she’s a three-sport varsity star at the school,” Morristown-Beard head coach Bruce Driver said. “She’s a big part of the soccer program, the hockey program, obviously, and this past season she played golf.”
“When I look at her, she’s so versatile. I can stick her anywhere,” Driver said. “Over the last three years, there were times we had injuries on defense, I threw her back on defense because I knew she could handle it. She’s also played center and wing for us — it’s very hard for any player at any level to play the off-wing being a right-handed shot on the left side, especially on breakouts. There aren’t many kids that can take a pass on the backhand or take the pass on the forehand, see the ice and be able to do something with it. She has an uncanny ability of not losing the puck and when she’s in traffic, too, she’s winning every single battle.”
In the Prep B Championship at Twin Oaks Ice Rink in Morristown, Kurz’ goal 3:32 into the second period gave Morristown a 2-1 lead. Her second goal of the game 1:22 later proved to be the game-winner.
“Since the beginning of the season, one of our goals was to win the Prep Championship,” Kurz, who will continue her academic career at Bucknell, said. “We worked really hard all season to make that happen and were able to get that done, which is really exciting. It made this year really special.
“We graduated a lot of seniors last year, which was difficult, but we got a lot of good freshmen and underclassmen and by the end of the season we were all working really well together,” said Kurz, who formed a formidable first line with Leslie Phillips and Leah Stecker this season. “Both really good players — I really enjoyed playing with them.”
Kurz finished with a team-leading 20 goals and 43 points this season. She was particularly effective down the stretch with eight goals and 16 points over the final month of the season, closing out the year with a three-goal, three-assist game against Trinity Hall on Feb. 19. All told, the four-year letterman finished with 69 goals and 89 assists for 158 points at Morristown-Beard.
“She’s more of a playmaker than a goal-scorer, but she did score the most goals on the team,” Driver, a 15-year NHL veteran with the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers, said. “She’s a huge part of our program and was a unanimous decision between the players and coaches she would be team captain this year.”
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Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS
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