Nantucket's own AJ Mleczko will once again proudly represent the island in the Winter Olympics, this year in Sochi. This will be the fifth Olympics she has had an opportunity to have a role in. AJ has enjoyed a storied hockey career and is now sought after as a commentator. Her ties to the island remain strong as she supports local budding hockey players and figure skaters. Perhaps her support will result in another Nantucket Olympian in the future. Until that day, Nantucket will celebrate AJ and her impressive career.
College and Olympic Career
As an All-American hockey player at Harvard she won the USA Hockey Women's Player of the Year Award in 1999. That same year, she made history as she went on to win the esteemed Patty Kazmaier Award, being only the second woman to ever do so. As a result of her illustrious college career, Mleczko was inducted into the Women's Beanpot Hall of Fame in 2011.
After graduating from Harvard, Mleczko became the driving force behind the USA's 1998 Olympic gold metal hockey team. She was once again the centerpiece of the USA Women's Hockey team when the USA took silver in 2002 in Salt Lake.
After one of the most prolific careers in US hockey history, AJ Mleczko -- a Nantucket Island Native -- has become the face of women's hockey broadcasting. This year, she will represent us as one of the broadcast center-pieces as she has for the past two Winter Olympics.
While Mleczko's hockey career was nothing less than historic in significance, Mleczko is probably equally recognized for the work as a commentator and color analyst at the last two Olympics.
In addition to her busy schedule as a broadcaster, Mleczko finds ways to support her hometown. In an effort to help Nantucket pay off the business loan it took out for the island's only hockey rink, she organized and has run ''Charity on Ice'' for the last seven years, an event that brings in professional hockey players for a fun game in front of what is generally a sell-out crowd.