Cougars Sign McLennan from the Rink Hockey Academy


The Cougars Women’s Hockey team is rolling forward with the newest recruit, signing a talented defensemen from Winnipeg, Jenna McLennan.

Jenna McLennan, from Winnipeg, Manitoba currently attends Shaftsbury High School where she has held Honours with Distinction since 2018. McLennan enjoys all aspects of the hockey community, even the side that has her on the bench assistant coaching the U8 Female Winnipeg Storm team.

“I grew up playing hockey at a young age and in a hockey family” said McLennan. Since the pandemic hit and sidelined teams, Jenna has been volunteering by hosting zoom workouts for the U10 Female Winnipeg Storm team.

After the realization that the 2020-21 season was not going ahead as planned, McLennan had a decision to make on where she would begin her post-secondary education. The decision to attend Assiniboine Community College came down to the team’s competitiveness and the perk of being only a two hour drive from home.

“The Cougars are previous National Champions and I hope that while I am a part of the team that we can make it to Nationals once again” said McLennan. “My family were the ones who introduced me to hockey at a young age, it was their love of the game that started my love for the game”

Head Coach, Tony Bertone knew right away that McLennan would be ae perfect fit for the College and the hockey program with her interest in law enforcement and strong defensive skills.

“Jenna is a strong blue liner, with her size and strength it can only add to her ability to be a great defender for our team” said Bertone.

“Her strengths are making the hard first pass, keeping pucks in the offensive zone and getting pucks to the net. Jenna is going to be a top defender in our league and we are looking forward to her suiting up for the Cougars”.

McLennan was apart of the 2019-20 Indigenous Team Manitoba and cracked the 2019 U18 Team Manitoba Top Invite list.

McLennan grew up in a family that had several people with careers in law enforcement and has the drive to help people within her community. “My dad is a Sergeant in the Winnipeg Police Service and I’ve grown up seeing what this career path could entail” said McLennan.

Jenna has been accepted into the Public Safety program at Assiniboine Community College for the 2021-22 academic year.