Athlete of the Week: Julia Osowski

Julia Osowski of the Princeton girls hockey team has accomplished what very few student athletes accomplish.

On Saturday, Jan. 28, Osowski shattered the school’s girls hockey scoring record.

She came into the season third on the all-time point list.

Osowski went into the game against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle-Wadena-Deer Creek needing just a goal or an assist to break Jenny Hanson’s record of 117 points, a record that Osowski tied on Tuesday, Jan. 24 when she notched two goals and an assist.

Not only did Osowski break the scoring record, she shattered it by getting four goals and two assists for six points.

It was her second six-point game of the season.

Osowski, a senior, takes her record seriously and plans on working hard in the four remaining regular-season hockey games to further cement her position as the girls’ all-time leading scorer. She’ll then continue her work into the playoffs, she said.

“I hope to get in a few more to make the record harder to break for the next girl,” she said.

Julia was born in Princeton and lives in Baldwin Township. She has played hockey since she was about three years old.

“My brothers Alex and Eric got me into it,” Osowski said. “I knew how to skate pretty well so hockey seemed natural for me.”

Osowski played on boys teams when she was young — up until the Peewee level, that is.

She started playing varsity hockey as an eighth grader and has been tearing up the ice for the Tigers ever since.

She was named all-conference honorable mention in 2008-09 and 2009-10 and was named to the all-conference team last season, in 2010-11. She was also named to the all-conference academic team after last season.

Osowski hopes to ride her success on the high school hockey rink to a future on a college rink.

She was getting looks from Division I hockey programs, but after visiting D-I schools, she has decided to pursue hockey at the Division 3 level in order to concentrate on her academics, too.