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Moncton's 4 Snowdon sisters make ringette a family affair

​Skiing has the Dufour-Lapointe sisters. Hockey has the Sutter brothers. Ringette's first family could be the Snowdon sisters of Moncton.

Sisters Jessica, Kelly, Jenny, Britney Snowdon are all playing ringette at an elite level

All four Snowdon sisters — Jessica, 23, Kelly, 21, Jenny, 18 and Britney, 15 — play ringette at an elite level. (Instagram)

​Skiing has the Dufour-Lapointe sisters. Hockey has the Sutter brothers. Ringette's first family could be the Snowdon sisters of Moncton.

Jessica, 23, Kelly, 21, Jenny, 18 and youngest sister Britney 15 round out the roster of Snowdon ringette players.

And two of the sisters Jenny and Britney are on Canada's junior national team at the world championship in Helsinki, Finland. 

Jenny said ringette became a way of life for her family when oldest sister Jessica took up the sport.

Jenny and Britney Snowdon are members of Canada's Junior National Team competing in Helsinki, Finland. (Submitted by Ringette Canada)
"It was in the newspaper one day. My dad read it … and then he put my older sister Jess in it. Once she got started we were in the rinks all the time watching her play," she said in a phone interview from Helsinki. 

"We never ran around the rink. We liked to watch the game. We were skating when we were two years old. That was always fun."

All four Snowdon sisters have played at an elite level.

The three oldest sisters play for the Atlantic Attack of the National Ringette League, featuring the country's top players. Because of her age, Britney is an associate player but is expected to soon make the team.

Britney said having three older sisters who have excelled in the sport gives her an advantage.

"Honestly, that's where I've gotten all my knowledge of the sport. People say I play like Jenny but that's just because I've been watching her my whole life," she said.

Julien Léger has coached the Snowdon sisters for more than 10 years. (Ian Bonnell/CBC)
Julien Léger, the co-head coach of the Attack, has been coaching the Snowdons for more than 10 years.

He says there's a determination and focus in all of them that he doesn't see every day.

"It's the drive. They have that drive. Most players we have in the league don't have that drive to excel," said Léger.

"Even on the bench, they're hard on each other. That's why they have that edge and they play so well because they try so hard."

Léger admits the family's reputation in the ringette world is spreading across the country.

"It's unbelievable. Across the province, even now in Canada, when you talk about the Snowdons, they all know that family. If you speak to Ringette Canada, they know who the Snowdons are," he said.

Even on the bench, they're hard on each other. That's why they have that edge and they play so well because they try so hard.- Julien Léger

Both Jenny and Britney say they think it's pretty cool that they all play the sport together at a high level.

"All the time," said Britney.

"Four girls playing a sport that they love in a family. It's not [often] you see that," added Jenny.

The sisters hope to play on the same line one day since they all play different positions.

Léger said it's only a matter of time.

"In a few years when Britney is old enough to play with us full time, I'm sure there would be a [chance]," he said.

Ringette in the Snowdon family may one day go from hobby to dynasty.

If there comes a day when she has a daughter, will Jenny encourage her to play the family sport?

Jenny said there's no question.

"Absolutely," she said. "I would love to see my daughter love the sport like I do. It would teach her a lot of life lessons like it has taught me."

Canada is a heavy favourite in this year's ringette world championship and the Atlantic Attack are currently experiencing one of their best seasons ever.

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