Alexa Kennedy has fulfilled a lifelong goal to play college hockey, as the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley senior will be attending Midland University this fall and playing for the Warriors during the 2019-2020 season.
Last week, Kennedy, a forward who scored 10-plus goals in each of the past three years for the Park Rapids Panthers and also added 22 assists during her high school career, signed a letter of intent to play for the Lady Warriors during the 2019-20 season.
She was joined for the signing by her parents, Jay and Barb Kennedy of Walker, and many teammates and friends.
“I’ve been working on this since I was 4, so it’s been a dream of mine for a long time,” she said. “I really didn’t think it was possible until my freshman year. My coaches and family told me it was possible.”
Older brother Connor, who was also a star player for the Panthers, helped guide her along the way. “He pushed me toward this.”
Kennedy said she chose Midland because it’s a small community, like Walker, and they were the first team that recruited her.
Rachel Landquist, the Panthers’ head coach for Kennedy’s senior season, also attended the signing ceremony.
“It’s very exciting to get to watch a girl go on to play college hockey after coaching her my first year. She’s going to have a blast, and she’s going to do awesome,” Landquist said.
Located in Fremont, Neb., Midland University competes in the ACHA Women’s Division I and had its inaugural season in 2014-15. The Lady Warriors have reached the postseason tournament in two straight seasons, while increasing their win total each year.
Midland head women’s hockey coach Jason White said Kennedy will be a great addition to the team. “Alexa has been in a leadership role the past few seasons and that experience will help her transition into our program and allow her to have early success,” the coach said in a statement. “She will bring that leadership, along with hard work and goal scoring, to Midland next year.”