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Potter Plays On

04/11/2012, 8:54am CDT
By MHJ Staff

USA Hockey highlights Edina native Jenny Potter, who always finds life on the road difficult during the holidays

USA Hockey recently highlighted Edina native Jenny Potter, who is currently battling for Team USA in the World Women's Championships in Burlington, Vt.

With a husband and two kids, Potter spoke about the difficulties of playing away from home -- especially during the holidays.

From article author Harry Thompson:

For the 33-year-old mother, spending any time away from her family is always a gut-wrenching chore, but when it happens during special occasions it makes it even harder.

“The holidays make it a little more difficult, but it’s something that I try to put in the back of my mind and not think about too much because if I think about it I feel sad that I’m not there with them,” she said.

Fortunately, this Easter will be a little brighter thanks to 9-2 victory over Canada in front of a packed house at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Potter added an assist on the final U.S. goal while playing a solid two-way game, including time with Team USA’s No. 1 power-play unit.

“Obviously every time we play Canada it’s a great competition. They’re a great team. Maybe a couple of them bounced our way tonight,” Potter said after the Americans posted the largest margin of victory ever against the Canadians.

“That’s why we play hockey, to thrive on the competition. It was great to open up against them. It was a great crowd. Awesome. Awesome.”

Potter is serving as the U.S. Women's National Team's assistant captain. This is her 10th IIHF Women's World Championship. Count it, 10th. That's an impressive feat.

Team USA is on a roll -- and it's no surprise it features a handful of Minnesotans.

Gigi Marvin (Warroad), Anne Schleper (St. Cloud), Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights) and Potter are each playing some quality puck in Vermont.

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