Jenna Rheault, a defender from Deering, New Hampshire, recently finished her collegiate hockey career at the University of New Hampshire. Prior to her collegiate career, Rheault played high school hockey for St. Paul’s School. At St. Paul’s, Rheault helped her team win the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Women’s championship. She was also named a winner of the Independent School League (ISL) Award for Excellence for St. Paul’s and was selected as All-ISL for hockey, soccer, and softball in 2013-14.
As a freshman at the University of New Hampshire, Rheault recorded two goals and one assist for a total of three points in 36 games. Additionally, she ranked third on her team in blocked shots with 51 blocks and recorded 50 shots on net throughout the season. Academically, Rheault was named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team. Rheault improved to five points (2-3-5) in 35 games her sophomore year. She also continued to be one of the top shot blockers on her team as her total of 60 blocked shots ranked third on the team. Rheault continued her academic performance with another Hockey East All-Academic Team recognition.
Last year, Rheault recorded six points, all assists, in 36 games as a junior. She ranked fourth on the Wildcats in blocked shots with 57 blocks and fourth in plus-minus rating with a plus-two rating. At the end of the season, she was awarded the program’s Sue Merz 7th Player award as she was recognized for her crucial defensive play and performance on the penalty kill. She was also named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team for the third consecutive year.
Rheault recorded career highs in points and assists this past season in her senior year, with eight assists and 10 points in 36 games. Additionally, she ranked second on her team in blocked shots with 50 blocks and generated 51 shots on net. During the year, Rheault was inducted to the Chi Alpha Sigma national collegiate athletic honors society. She was drafted also by the Boston Pride 25th overall in the 2018 NWHL draft last December. At the end of the school year, Rheault will graduate with a degree in occupational therapy.