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Alumni Update: Jackie Saideh




THEN

A member of the class that helped re-launch Penn State’s ACHA women’s team as freshmen in 2012-13, Massachusetts native Jackie Saideh went on to become one of the program's most important players on and off the ice. On it, the forward was known for flexibility (she played defense as a freshman, then again in spots as a senior), grit, and a penchant for big goals that often came in bunches (her career scoring output was neatly bookended by hat tricks). Arguably, none of her points were bigger than a dirty power play tally that keyed an upset of top-ranked defending national champion Miami on January 18, 2015. Saideh also represented a key part of the organization’s leadership as an upperclassman. The two-time winner of the team’s Billie S. Willits Player’s Player award was an alternate captain and vice president as a junior, then captain and president as a senior in 2015-16.

Major: Management, specializing in Leadership and Organizational Management

Favorite Penn State hockey memory: "Hands down the win over Miami my junior year. That game was the best game I have ever been lucky enough to be a part of. The upset, combined with locker room dance party after the win, makes it incomparable to any other game during my Penn State career."

Favorite Penn State non-hockey memory: "I honestly don't think I can pick just one. From participating in THON, to tailgating football games with friends, teammates, [former head coach] Pat [Fung] and even Jay [Horgas, who referees PSU’s home games], to meeting people I can't imagine my life without, all of my Penn State memories are incredible."

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Home: Charlestown, Massachusetts

Career: "I work for the Boston Red Sox (shocking I know), as an Inside Sales Representative. I mostly sell season tickets for the team."

Saideh has an unexpected connection to a photo Delaware players took during a 2013 visit to Pegula Ice Arena

Outside of work/current hockey involvement: "I play in the South Shore Women's Hockey League, for the Lady Sting. Fun Fact: A girl on my team now is the girl from Delaware - Sam Testa - who was in the infamous picture against the boards, of [then-UD teammate Katrina Anderson] pouring pasta sauce into her mouth. She's the one laying on the ice."

Saideh on the field of famed Fenway Park, where she works for the Boston Red Sox

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