Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- For UMD senior Jamie Kenyon, her choice to become a Bulldog was an easy one.
"They really wanted me and made me feel welcome and at home. I've been coming up here since I was little, and just driving through the city. I love Duluth. It was kind of a gut feeling. I knew it was home."
The Sparta, Wisconsin native's new home is now on the Bulldog's top line where she's racked up 14 goals and 13 assists, good enough for second on the team.
Head coach Shannon Miller says she's impressed with how Kenyon's grown throughout her time in Duluth.
"She's a great little stretch player and makes great plays and makes smart plays. She's good offensively and defensively. She's someone that's developed a lot over four years. She's come a long way. She's a great leader."
The 5'5" forward has taken on a new leadership role this season as the team's captain.
With seven freshmen seeing playing time, it's been up to Kenyon to help them acclimate.
"You have to give them some leeway, let them get used to the game. But after that, they're not freshmen anymore. They're playing big roles so they have to act like they're in big roles and mature."
While those freshmen still have three plus seasons left at UMD, Kenyon's time as a Bulldog is winding down.
"It's kind of bittersweet. You know everyone kind of wants to move on with their life, but it's going to be really hard going from playing hockey every day for the last four years and playing since I was three. It's going to be a huge change."
Next year will certainly be a change for Kenyon, but she says she'll never forget her time spent wearing the Bulldog sweater.
"You have all of these people that have played from different countries and the states. You just know it's a great program with great people that come through. It's a huge honor. I've been very lucky to have worn the Bulldog jersey."