Spinal Condition Ends Hockey Career For Carrie Jokiel Of UNH Women's Ice Hockey Team

DURHAM, NH-- Six days after an injury suffered on the ice during the Mercyhurst women’s ice hockey game (Oct. 15), doctors have recommended that senior forward and captain Carrie Jokiel (Anchorage, Alaska) no longer participate in women’s ice hockey at the University of New Hampshire, or in any other contact sport.

As a result, Jokiel announced her decision not to continue her women’s ice hockey career to her teammates at practice earlier today.

She suffers from a condition called spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal canal, a congenital birth defect. In addition, she also suffers from a protruding disc at the C3 level, which complicates her condition. The C3 level vertebrae is located a few inches below the base of the skull.

Jokiel will remain a member of the Wildcats and continue to serve as captain for the remainder of the 1999-00 season. She is expected to be able to skate during practice and will be on the bench for all future women’s hockey contests.

Looking at the first three seasons of her UNH career, Jokiel recorded 15 goals, 19 assists for a total of 34 points. She is also a member of the Student/Athlete Advisory Committee at UNH. A sports studies major, she was selected to attend the NCAA Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla. last spring. Jokiel is also active in the Community Action Through Sports group.


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