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Sochi Olympics 2014 Hometown Hero - Alex Carpenter

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Alex Carpenter has scored 2 goals so far for Team USA and she’s living up to her family name.

She's the daughter of a former bruin, she is now getting her time to shine on the ice in Sochi!

The North Reading native who plays hockey for Boston College, is taking time off to pursue her dream, a trip to the Olympics!

You could say, for number 25, hockey is in her blood.

“My family has just been involved in hockey ever since I was young. My dad played in the NHL for a while, my mom grew up figure skating, so we've always been around the rink. So I just was kind of born into it, I guess,” Alex said.

Her father, Bobby Carpenter, an 18-year hockey veteran and former Bruin, says he knew his daughter was special right from the start.

“Hockey-wise we go by a term hockey sense, she had that at a very young age, and she had skill and ability, just a matter of time for her to play, put the pieces together, its God’s gift to her that she's successful,” Bobby said,

Alex, who started playing hockey at six, says she owes just as much to her mom!

“My mom had the tough job because my dad was away for a lot of the time when he used to play, so my mom would be driving me, and my brothers, around to rinks all the time, every weekend, just freezing their butts off,” Alex said.

She and her two brothers moved a lot as kids, because of dad's career but she calls Massachusetts home.

“My parents both grew up here so I have a lot of friends and family around, who I get to see all the time which is really nice. I get to see my brothers play in their games and stuff. So it's really nice just to be able to have family close by to talk to,” Alex said.

Alex's younger brother Robert, a junior in high school, is also a hockey player and the youngest, Brendan, is a football player.
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Alex Carpenter, a junior at Boston College, is one of the youngest players on the U.S. women's national team. She's been representing her country since the spring of 2010, when her eight goals in five games at the IIHF World Women's U18 Championship were one of the highest totals in the tournament. A year after her national team debut, she started attending Boston College, where she's been one of her team's highest scoring forwards since her freshman year.

Career highlights:
  • College Hockey: As a sophomore at Boston College in 2012-13, she was unanimously selected as a First-Team All-Star in her conference, Hockey East.
  • College Hockey: In 2012-13, she led Hockey East in scoring with 70 points (32g, 37a) in 37 games played, also setting her school's record for points in a season.
  • College Hockey: In 2011-12, her freshman year at Boston College, she was nominated for the Patty Kazmaier Award, which is awarded annually to the top women's collegiate hockey player in the United States.
Three things to know:

1. Is the daughter of former NHL player Bobby Carpenter, who in 1981 became the first player to jump directly from a U.S. high school to the NHL. 

2. When she was 13, she played high school boy's varsity hockey at Governor's Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts.

3. When she was 10, she became the first 10-year-old girl to play Little League Baseball in Morristown, New Jersey in over 25 years.

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