Jocelyn Wynnyk: a Trojans double threat on ice and field

Jocelyn Wynnyk had offers to play hockey at other educational institutions. The athlete chose to attend SAIT, a place she now holds dear to her heart.

Like many young ladies embarking on higher education, the available opportunities are literally worldwide. After a visit to the campus, and a meeting with her future hockey coach, Wynnyk was sold on enrolling at the home of the Trojans.

“I knew right away it was where I wanted to be.”

Originally from Whitehorse, Wynnyk also wanted to be only a short plane ride away. Her mother was battling cancer when she entered her first year in the fall of 2013.

With sports scholarships helping pay her way, the athlete attended and will be graduating from the administrative information management program in a few weeks.

“These were the craziest and best three years of my life.”

Wynnyk committed her athletic abilities to the SAIT Trojans as both a goalie on the ice and as a striker on the soccer field. She said her greatest rewards from playing Trojans sports came in discovering who she is as a person and what makes her happy.

A valuable hockey moment for the goalie consisted of receiving player of the game. The shootout victory was her very first win against NAIT.

The striker also fondly remembers the first goal she scored. Her foot was entangled in the netting, preventing her from getting up and celebrating. Her teammates had to drag her out of the net.

“I have learned so much from everyone at SAIT, and knowing that I will always have a place to call home (the rink or the field) just makes my heart happy.”

In November 2013, her first year of school, Wynnyk’s mom succumbed to cancer. She took a few weeks away from school. The support she received from coaches, teammates and SAIT only confirmed her decision to attend here.

She does not have the dream of a professional career in sports despite enjoying college-level play. However, she would love to be involved in coaching at some point.

“I do aspire to be a professional coach,” she said. With considerations for the national women’s team or for the Olympics. “I definitely see that as something I want to do.”

Wynnyk said she was greatly impacted by the younger female athletes that looked up to her. Along the way, she discovered a passion for mentoring young kids and a desire to help others generally.

“I aspire to [help] each and everyday, ”said Wynnyk.

With no plans to hit the books again anytime soon, she would like to focus on a possible career as a police officer. Hanging up her cleats and skates will allow more time for her to do just that.

“It has been my dream since I was little,” said the student.

Wynnyk frequently popped up in front of the lenses of SAIT’s photojournalism majors during her final year as a Trojan. The gallery that follows showcases the best of what they captured.

Face Ball: Jocelyn Wynnyk, left, shoulders the ball up field during the SAIT Trojans vs. Lethbridge Kodiaks women's soccer game at Cohos Commons Field in Calgary on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. The final score was 1-0 for the Lethbridge Kodiaks. (Photo by Kyle Meller/The Press)

Face Ball: Jocelyn Wynnyk, left, shoulders the ball up field during the SAIT Trojans vs. Lethbridge Kodiaks women’s soccer game at Cohos Commons Field in Calgary on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. The final score was 1-0 for the Lethbridge Kodiaks. (Photo by Kyle Meller/The Press)

Run Forrest Run: Jocelyn Wynnyk, front, of the Trojans women's soccer team gives everything she has got to be first to the ball as an Olds College Broncos player loses ground on her at the Cohos Common Field at SAIT in Calgary on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. During the last game of the season, the Trojans dominated the first half despite a waived-off goal against the Broncos. Both teams came out ready to win in the second half forcing a final score of 0-0. (Photo by Victoria Vadeboncoeur/The Press)

Run Forrest Run: Jocelyn Wynnyk, front, of the Trojans women’s soccer team gives everything she has got to be first to the ball as an Olds College Broncos player loses ground on her at the Cohos Common Field at SAIT in Calgary on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. During the last game of the season, the Trojans dominated the first half despite a waived-off goal against the Broncos. Both teams came out ready to win in the second half forcing a final score of 0-0. (Photo by Victoria Vadeboncoeur/The Press)

Pointed Trouble: SAIT Trojans player Jocelyn Wynnyk, right, gets a warning from the ref during the women's soccer game at SAIT in Calgary on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. The Lethbridge Kodiaks took the game 1-0. (Photo by Shayla Deeton/The Press)

Pointed Trouble: SAIT Trojans player Jocelyn Wynnyk, right, gets a warning from the ref during the women’s soccer game at SAIT in Calgary on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. The Lethbridge Kodiaks took the game 1-0. (Photo by Shayla Deeton/The Press)

Air Ball: Jocelyn Wynnyk of the Trojans women's soccer team, right, tries to reach the ball as an Olds College Broncos player prepares herself to head the ball on the Cohos Common Field at SAIT in Calgary on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. During the last game of the season, the Trojans dominated the first half despite a waived-off goal against the Broncos. Both teams came out ready to win in the second half forcing a final score of 0-0. (Photo by Victoria Vadeboncoeur/The Press)

Air Ball: Jocelyn Wynnyk of the Trojans women’s soccer team, right, tries to reach the ball as an Olds College Broncos player prepares herself to head the ball on the Cohos Common Field at SAIT in Calgary on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. During the last game of the season, the Trojans dominated the first half despite a waived-off goal against the Broncos. Both teams came out ready to win in the second half forcing a final score of 0-0. (Photo by Victoria Vadeboncoeur/The Press)

Swift Kick: SAIT Trojans women's soccer striker Jocelyn Wynnyk tears the ball away from the Lethbridge Kodiaks women's soccer team at SAIT's Cohos Commons Field in Calgary on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. The Kodiaks took the game 1-0. (Photo by Andy Maxwell Mawji/The Press)

Swift Kick: SAIT Trojans women’s soccer striker Jocelyn Wynnyk tears the ball away from the Lethbridge Kodiaks women’s soccer team at SAIT’s Cohos Commons Field in Calgary on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. The Kodiaks took the game 1-0. (Photo by Andy Maxwell Mawji/The Press)

Kickin' It: Jocelyn Wynnyk, right, of the Trojans women's soccer team prepares for contact from Olds College Broncos goalkeeper Morgan Ashworth at Cohos Common Field at SAIT in Calgary on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. During the last game of the season, the Trojans dominated the first half despite a waived-off goal against the Broncos. Both teams came out ready to win in the second half forcing a final score of 0-0. (Photo by Victoria Vadeboncoeur/The Press)

Kickin’ It: Jocelyn Wynnyk, right, of the Trojans women’s soccer team prepares for contact from Olds College Broncos goalkeeper Morgan Ashworth at Cohos Common Field at SAIT in Calgary on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. During the last game of the season, the Trojans dominated the first half despite a waived-off goal against the Broncos. Both teams came out ready to win in the second half forcing a final score of 0-0. (Photo by Victoria Vadeboncoeur/The Press)

Raise the Noise: Jocelyn Wynnyk, centre, and Madison Colbow, right, chant in the Stan Grad Centre during the launch of the SAIT Trojans’ second annual Make Some Noise for Mental Health awareness campaign at SAIT on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. The mobile pep rally was led by SAIT Trojans student athletes and invited everyone to come out and raise awareness for Mental Health. (Photo by Tyler Marr/The Press)

Raise the Noise: Jocelyn Wynnyk, centre, and Madison Colbow, right, chant in the Stan Grad Centre during the launch of the SAIT Trojans’ second annual Make Some Noise for Mental Health awareness campaign at SAIT on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. The mobile pep rally was led by SAIT Trojans student athletes and invited everyone to come out and raise awareness for Mental Health. (Photo by Tyler Marr/The Press)

Saving a Goal: SAIT Trojans women's hockey team goalie Jocelyn Wynnyk saves the puck during hockey action against the Red Deer Queens at SAIT Arena in Calgary on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. The Red Deer Queens won the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference playoff game 1-0 in double overtime. The shots on net for the Queens and the Trojans were 25-37. (Photo by Andy Maxwell Mawji/The Press)

Saving a Goal: SAIT Trojans women’s hockey team goalie Jocelyn Wynnyk saves the puck during hockey action against the Red Deer Queens at SAIT Arena in Calgary on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. The Red Deer Queens won the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference playoff game 1-0 in double overtime. The shots on net for the Queens and the Trojans were 25-37. (Photo by Andy Maxwell Mawji/The Press)

Catching a Smile: SAIT Trojan goalies Jocelyn Wynnyk, left, and Laticia Castillo share a laugh after the end of second period at SAIT Arena in Calgary on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. The SAIT Trojans won the game against the NAIT Ooks 2-0. (Photo by Brooke Hovey/The Press)

Catching a Smile: SAIT Trojan goalies Jocelyn Wynnyk, left, and Laticia Castillo share a laugh after the end of second period at SAIT Arena in Calgary on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. The SAIT Trojans won the game against the NAIT Ooks 2-0. (Photo by Brooke Hovey/The Press)

Goalie Glee: SAIT Trojans women's hockey team goalie Jocelyn Wynnyk laughs after falling into the net during a game against the Red Deer Queens at SAIT Arena in Calgary on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. The Red Deer Queens won the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference playoff game 1-0 in double overtime. The shots on net for the Queens and the Trojans were 25-37. (Photo by Andy Maxwell Mawji/The Press)

Goalie Glee: SAIT Trojans women’s hockey team goalie Jocelyn Wynnyk laughs after falling into the net during a game against the Red Deer Queens at SAIT Arena in Calgary on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. The Red Deer Queens won the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference playoff game 1-0 in double overtime. The shots on net for the Queens and the Trojans were 25-37. (Photo by Andy Maxwell Mawji/The Press)

The Puck Stops Here: SAIT Trojans women's hockey team goalie Jocelyn Wynnyk saves the puck during a game against the Red Deer Queens at SAIT Arena in Calgary on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. The Red Deer Queens won the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference playoff game 1-0 in double overtime. The shots on net for the Queens and the Trojans were 25-37. (Photo by Andy Maxwell Mawji/The Press)

The Puck Stops Here: SAIT Trojans women’s hockey team goalie Jocelyn Wynnyk saves the puck during a game against the Red Deer Queens at SAIT Arena in Calgary on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. The Red Deer Queens won the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference playoff game 1-0 in double overtime. The shots on net for the Queens and the Trojans were 25-37. (Photo by Andy Maxwell Mawji/The Press)

Fan Favourite: SAIT Trojans women's hockey team goalie Jocelyn Wynnyk, centre, is greeted by a young fan after exiting the ice during a game against the Red Deer Queens at SAIT Arena in Calgary on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. The Red Deer Queens won the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference playoff game 1-0 in double overtime. The shots on net for the Queens and the Trojans were 25-37. (Photo by Andy Maxwell Mawji/The Press)

Fan Favourite: SAIT Trojans women’s hockey team goalie Jocelyn Wynnyk, centre, is greeted by a young fan after exiting the ice during a game against the Red Deer Queens at SAIT Arena in Calgary on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. The Red Deer Queens won the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference playoff game 1-0 in double overtime. The shots on net for the Queens and the Trojans were 25-37. (Photo by Andy Maxwell Mawji/The Press)