At the vibrant age of 20 Terrace’s Kennedy twins, Brendan and Jeff, are heading to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. this fall to play both on and off of the ice.
“It was never a question of whether or not we would go to school and now just seems like the right time,” Brendan said.
The twins will be double-teaming the ice as they’ve both committed to play for the Gaels.
“We do everything together. Pretty much team up on everything we do and I feel that we’re at our best when we do that,” Jeff said.
“We read each other well and that’s part of what makes going to play so special.”
Most siblings experience a rivalry, but Jeff said that helps keep the brothers accountable and it pushes them to be better.
But “we definitely don’t stay friendly all the time,” he said.
“I cannot express how excited I am, to announce that … the Kennedy brothers have committed to play for us here at Queen’s next season,” said head coach Brett Gibson in a release on the Gaels’ website about the team’s new players.
“It is still very early in the recruiting season and to have these calibre of players commit show’s how excited they are about the direction of our program here at Queen’s.”
Brendan said that he was looking at potential schools and he sent Gibson an email to show he was interested.
“I didn’t expect to hear much back, then in February he called back and said he’d be happy to have me,” Brendan said.
“Then the same thing happened for Jeff a month later,” he continued.
Jeff said he’s getting really excited for school.
“I’m excited to move on and start a new chapter in my life and hockey career.”
When the boys aren’t playing hockey they’ll be hitting the books together as they are both registered in the faculty of arts program and both plan on majoring in economics.
“Economics and business is something that I’ve always been interested in,” Brendan said. “Maybe at some point I’ll transfer into business or law.”
The two Terrace stars have spent their last three seasons in Salmon Arm playing for the SilverBacks in the BCHL.
SilverBacks head coach Troy Mick told the BCHL Newsletter that the brothers have left a great impression on the younger players and they will be missed.
Kevin Kennedy, the boys’ father said he’s proud of them. “The school has an excellent athletic program and outstanding academics.”
The boys will also be following in their great-grandfather’s footprints Kevin explained. “My grandfather graduated from Queen’s in 1939.”
“I’ve been excited for it all summer,” Brendan said. “Although, it’s nice to be home. We didn’t get to spend a whole bunch of time at home last year so it’s nice to at the lake and go fishing.”
The two had the option to stay in B.C. and play hockey but Brendan said they are both more than ready to go to school.
“It’s nice to have a fresh start,” he said.