Kennedy, Leonoff, Mock, Murray and Summers Join Bulldogs
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team, entering its second season under head coach Joakim Flygh, welcomes five incoming freshmen to the roster for 2011-12. The Class of 2015 includes three forwards, one defenseman and one goaltender. They represent three different Canadian provinces (Alberta, Ontario and Quebec) and two U.S. states (Florida and Michigan).
The incoming Bulldogs bring a wide variety of experiences both on and off the ice. In addition to hockey accomplishments such as a PWHL championship (Lynn Kennedy with the Toronto Junior Aeros), a bronze medal at the Canada Games (Jaimie Leonoff with the Team Quebec Under-18 Team) and an Under-18 National Championship (Madi Murray with Shattuck-St. Mary's), they have also volunteered with the American Cancer Society and donated to Locks of Love (Stephanie Mock) and earned MWEHL All-Academic honors (Kelsey Summers). Murray also has connections both to Flygh (her cousin Sara Murray played for him when he was an assistant at Minnesota-Duluth) and the NHL (her uncle Andy Murray coached the L.A. Kings and St. Louis Blues).
The five freshmen join a group of 19 returnees as Yale seeks to continue the improvements shown in Flygh's first season. The Bulldogs scored 42 goals in conference play, a 17 percent improvement over the previous season, and return five of their top six scorers.
Here is a look at the newest Bulldogs:
Markham District High School
Toronto Junior Aeros
Before Yale: Won PWHL Championship and silver medal at Provincial Tournament with Toronto Junior Aeros in 2011 … Won Aeros' Ted Ashwin Hockey Award of Excellence for Commitment, Leadership and Distinction in 2010 … Won silver medal at league championships with Toronto Aeros Midget AA team in 2010.
High School: High School Female Athlete of the Year 2008, 2009 and 2011 … Captained ice hockey team and flag football team … Was also on basketball team, cross country team and track and field team … Hockey MVP in 2011 … York Region Girls Hockey All-Star in 2011 … Flag Football MVP in 2011 … Track and Field MVP in 2008 … Won bronze medal in 400-meter dash at Track and Field Provincial Championships in 2008 … High school valedictorian in 2011 … Academic honor roll grades nine through 12 … Gold Award for highest academic average in ninth and 10th grades … Director's Achievement Award in 11th grade.
Notes: Has taken part Hockey Canada's National Coaching Certification Program, working with teams as part of the program's Coach Stream.
Why Yale? "Yale offers me the incredible opportunity to combine an excellent education with the game I love -- I couldn't dream of a better fit!"
Detroit Belle Tire
Hockey Canada: Earned bronze medal at Canada Games with Team Quebec Under-18 team … Participated in Under-18 camp and Under-22 camp.
Before Yale: Won North American friendship tournament with Belle Tire in 2011 ... Belle Tire finished first in points at end of MWEHL regular season in 2011 … Made it to finals of the state tournament with Belle Tire in 2011 … Won CT state tournament with CT Polar Bears … Played in American national championship with the Connecticut Polar Bears in 2010 ... Won MVP in the shootout, skating and shot stopping competitions in skills competition at Nationals … Also won best all-around goalie in skills competition … Won VT classic in 2010 with USA selects … Won Quebec City Challenge Cup with Quebec Bulldogs in 2010.
High school: Played ice hockey and soccer … Ice hockey team made New England playoffs.
Why Yale? "I chose Yale because it was the best combination of athletics and academics."
Cape Coral, Fla.
Mid Fairfield Connecticut Stars
USA Hockey: Under-18 USA National Team summer games 2009 … Took part in player development camps for 14s, 15s, 16s and 17s.
Before Yale: Played for Mid Fairfield Connecticut Stars … Five-time captain … Leading scorer at 2006 Nationals and MVP for Team Florida.
High School: Captained ice hockey team … Also was on field hockey team, lacrosse team and track and field team … Won Melissa Goss Simonds '79 Award in ice hockey junior and senior year, awarded "to that player who -- through her ability, enthusiasm, dedication and sportsmanship -- has contributed the most to the team" … Field hockey team was New England champions for three consecutive years.
Notes: American Cancer Society Relay for Life committee member … Locks of Love donor, providing hair for hairpieces for financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis … Roller hockey coach.
Why Yale? "Yale offered the academic rigor I was searching for as well as a tight-knit hockey team with a great coaching staff."
Medicine Hat, Alta.
Hockey Canada: Team Alberta Under-18 Top 46.
Before Yale: Won Under-18 National Championship with Shattuck-St. Mary's in 2008-09 … Was only 10th grader on Shattuck Under-18 team.
High School: Led team in plus/minus in 2010-11 … Earned most improved player award each of her last two years … Team was silver medalists in JWHL 2010-11.
Notes: One of three Edge School alums on the Yale roster, along with Jamie Gray and Jen Matichuk … Father, Paul, played hockey for University of Calgary and professionally in Germany … Mother, Kim, played basketball for Brandon (Manitoba) University … Younger sisters, Eden and Kelly, won gold at Canada Winter Games with Team Alberta Under-18 team in Feb. 2011 … Older sister, Logan, won Canadian National University Championship with McGill in 2010-11 … Uncle Andy Murray coached NHL's L.A. Kings and St. Louis Blues and also three world championships for Team Canada … Cousin Sara Murray played for Yale head coach Joakim Flygh when Flygh was an assistant at Minnesota-Duluth … First cousin Megan Murray is married to Vancouver Canuck Mason Raymond … Grandmother Mildred Murray is a former Canadian curling champion.
Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of the atmosphere. I fell in love with Yale after the first five minutes of my unofficial tour. Yale provides the resources I need to be as successful as possible, and other schools didn't even come close to competing for No. 1."
West Bloomfield, Mich.
Little Caesars 19u AAA
USA Hockey: Took part in development camps in 2007 and 2008.
Before Yale: Assistant captain with Little Caesars … All-MWEHL … MWEHL All-Academic … Team was USA Hockey national finalists, JWHL Challenge Cup Champions and TOEHL Playoff Champions in 2011 … Team was State Champions in 2010 and 2011 and NAHA finalists in 2010.
High School: Captained lacrosse team and senior football team … High school did not have a hockey team … In lacrosse, was All-American All-Academic, All-State All-Academic, All-Tournament Midwest League and All-Catholic in 2011 and All-League in 2010 … Lacrosse team was Catholic League Champions 2009-2011, regional champions 2009 and 2011, state finalists 2009 and state semi-finalists 2011 … Member of the National Honor Society … National Merit Scholar Finalist … Phi Beta Kappa Award … Marian Junior Mentor … Students Against Destructive Decisions Member … Marian tutor.
Notes: Performed 60 hours of community service teaching Vacation Bible School during the summers … Hobbies include lacrosse, waterskiing and spending time with friends and family … Mother, Nancy, played softball and volleyball at Michigan State … Brother, Justin, is studying law at Notre Dame.
Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of the outstanding opportunities that I will be exposed to as part of the Yale academic, athletic and social community. I knew it was a perfect fit the first time I stepped into the arena."
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity