Jory's share special family moment in Brock hockey history
Brock University's Kurt and Kim Jory shared a special moment this week in Brock Badgers hockey history becoming the first brother-sister combination to start in goal for their respective teams.
This is a unique situation," said Kurt. "I loved Brock University when I came and told Kim about it. We didn't ever think about being brother and sister playing at the same school let a lone starting. The people in the Brock community have been great to both of us."
"It's nice to have Kurt here," said Kim. "He provides a lot of support for me. We never really thought about being brother and sister playing in the OUA but having him around is great."
The natives of Brandon, Man. have had very different paths leading up to this special family moment.
After suffering a severed vein in his neck during his rookie season in 2008-09, Kurt made his return to the Badgers lineup in September after 22 months of recovery. In one of the best comeback stories of the season, he has been nothing but outstanding leading the Badgers to the postseason for the first time in two seasons. In doing so, Kurt has put up career bests in wins and ranks among tops in the OUA in (11), saves (682), minutes played (1443:37) and shutouts (2).
"I wasn't sure what to expect coming into the season and when Christmas hit it was a relief," said Kurt. "It has been a great year for hockey at Brock, especially the women, and I'm glad to be part of it all. We are now looking to position ourselves to make a run in the playoffs."
"Kurt has made an impact in his return to our lineup this season," said head coach Murray Nystrom. "For what he went through on the road to recovery and to have such a strong season, placing him among the leagues top goalies, is a remarkable story of persistance. Kurt is class act individual, a good student-athlete, a great team player and positive role model to younger hockey players."
Kim, who is in her second season with the Brock women's hockey, had the opportunity to make her first career start on January 27th and made the most of it registering her first career victory over the Waterloo Warriors.
Both were victorious in their Brock debuts. On October 9th, 2008 Kurt recorded 21 saves in a shutout victory over Ryerson. Thursday night Kim turned aside 14 Waterloo shots for the victory.
"It's exciting seeing Kim get her first start of her career, said Kurt. "Dad and I were more excited than Kim was and it's great to see her out there after the hard work she has put in over the past couple years."
"Kim is a great person and team player, said head coach Jim Denham. "She has a very strong work ethic both on and off the ice. It was great to see her perform the way she did in her first start Thursday night where she came up with some key saves early on when the game was close."
The Brock women, who have been nationally ranked for the majority of the season, are having their best season in school history sitting with a 19-3 overall record with five games remaining.
"We are having an unreal season and the atmosphere is totally different from last season," explained Kim. "Our locker room is filled with great girls and hopefully we can continue the run. It is great being at Brock University and I am happy to be part of Badgers hockey."
Stay tuned as the Brock men's and women's hockey teams close out the regular season and look to make a run in the 2011 playoffs.