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Six Added to Roster in Class of 2017

The Yale women's hockey huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
The Yale women's hockey huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Gahm, Mandl, Marchin, Staenz, Tarrant, Yip-Chuck Join Bulldogs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team, entering its fourth season under head coach Joakim Flygh, welcomes six incoming freshmen to the roster for 2013-14. The Class of 2017 includes three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender. They come from three different countries: Canada, Switzerland and the United States. They join a roster that also includes all of Yale's top five scorers from last season returning.

In addition to hockey accomplishments such as winning a gold medal and two silver medals at the USA Hockey National Championships (Taylor Marchin (Algonac, Mich.)), playing for Team Switzerland in the IIHF Women's World Championship (Phoebe Staenz (Zurich, Switzerland)), and captaining Team Ontario Blue to a  gold medal at the Under-18 Canadian National Championships in 2013 (Krista Yip-Chuck (Whitby, Ont.)), the incoming Bulldogs also have a wide variety of off-ice interests  (Abby Gahm (Eagle River, Alaska) volunteers every summer with St. Andrews Vacation Bible School; Hanna Mandl (Nobleton, Ont.) studied biology in Australia, Fiji and New Zealand; Gretchen Tarrant (Colchester, Vt.) volunteered in the pediatric ward at a local hospital).

Here is a look at the newest Bulldogs:


Abby Gahm
Shoots: Left
Eagle River, Alaska
Brewster Academy
Team Pittsburgh

USA Hockey: Attended national camps in 2009 (14s), 2010 (15s), 2011 (16s).

Before Yale: Missed 2012-13 season with injury … Played hockey, soccer and flag football in high school … Won coaches award in hockey for hard work on and off the ice 2012 … Team was NEPSAC quarterfinalists in 2011 and 2012 … 2013 Lakes Region champions … Team Pittsburgh 16AAA was 2011 Mid-Am District Champions, 2012 Silversticks International Midget AA Champions, 2012 Mid-Am District Champions, third place in 2012 National Tournament … Alaska All-Stars Hardest Worker Award 2010 … All-Stars were finalists at 2010 Pacific District tournament … Won bronze medal at 2010 Arctic Winter Games with Team Alaska  … Won three bronze medals and one silver medal representing Team Alaska for speed skating in 2008 Arctic Winter Games … Member of the National Honor Society … National Hispanic Scholar.  

Notes: Last name is pronounced GAME … Part of the Brewster Big Friends club that organized and ran fun events for faculty children … Volunteers every summer with St. Andrews Vacation Bible School … Has taken Spanish since kindergarten.  

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because the second I stepped on campus I felt at home and I didn't get that feeling at any other school."

Hanna Mandl
Catches: Left
Nobleton, Ont.
King City Secondary School
Brampton Jr. Thunder

Before Yale: Union College Showcase finalists in 2012 with Brampton Jr. Thunder … Manon Rheaume Tournament finalists in 2011 with Willowdale Redwings Midget AA … MVP at Hamilton Hawks Tournament with Willowdale Redwings Midget AA in 2011, where team was a finalist … Won 2010 Jr. Girls York Region Athletics Association basketball championship in high school … Won York Region Athletics Association silver medals in 2011 and 2012 with ultimate Frisbee team … Also played soccer and volleyball in high school … 2013 Student Athletic Council President … 2012 Student Athletic Council Vice President … 2011 York Region President's Council delegate/participant … Selected to become a York Region President's Council Aegis Ops Member in 2013 … 2009-2013 King City Secondary School Honors Award … 2010 Science Award … 2010 Principles of Mathematics Award … 2010 Physical Education Award … 2011 Civics Award … Three-time selected leader for King City Secondary School ROC King grade 9 mentorship program … 2013 Member at Large of King City Secondary School President's Council.

Notes: Volunteer/Instructor at the Crease Goaltending Academy … Recognized as a Prospect at the Crease Goaltending Academy … Studied biology abroad with Blyth Academy during July 2012 in Australia, Fiji and New Zealand … Soccer referee at Kleinberg-Nobleton Soccer Club 2009-2011 … Participated in Leader in Training (2010) and Staff in Training (2011) programs at Seneca College's King Day Camp … Skied with Snow Valley race program … Heli-skier … Golfer for 12 years … Accomplished competitive dancer for seven years.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because as soon as I set foot on campus, I didn't want to leave -- I was enticed by the diverse student body, high academic standards, world-class athletic program, and the remarkable opportunities no other school could offer."



Taylor Marchin
Shoots: Right
Algonac, Mich.
Choate Rosemary Hall
Assabet Valley

USA Hockey: Attended development camps in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. 

Before Yale: Attended Regina (Mich.) high school before doing a post-graduate year at Choate Rosemary Hall … Played field hockey and ice hockey for Choate … Choate ice hockey team was New England League runners-up … While at Choate, also played hockey for Assabet Valley 19u, earning gold medal at 2013 USA Hockey National Championships … Played hockey for Little Caesars for four years during high school in Michigan … Captain of Little Caesars in 2010 … Earned silver medals with Little Caesars at National Championships in 2011 (19u) and 2010 (16u) … All-state, all-league field hockey goalie in Michigan at Regina … All-league, all-county  and all-state honorable mention soccer goalie in Michigan at Regina.


Notes: Throughout high school, was an active member in non-profit organizations Free The Children and Save the Animals Now from Devastation … Lives on Lake St. Clare and loves water sports, especially wake boarding.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because it is one of the most prestigious colleges in the World. I will not only get an invaluable education, but also play the sport I love. While visiting Yale, I immediately felt at home due to the fun and friendly coaching staff and team. I can't wait to be part of the up-and-coming program."



Phoebe Staenz
Shoots: Left
Zurich, Switzerland
Choate Rosemary Hall
Swiss National Team

Swiss National Team: Played for Switzerland in Women's World Championship in 2013 (in Ottawa), 2012 (in Vermont) and 2011 (in Switzerland) … Played for Swiss Under-18 team for three years.

Before Yale: Division 1 Player of the Year in girls' prep school hockey at Choate Rosemary Hall … League MVP … Led team with 38 goals and 23 assists  … Team was New England Finalists in 2013 … In addition to ice hockey, also played tennis … Also played hockey for Assabet Valley, winning national championship … Boston Globe All-Scholastic.

Notes: Plays the piano -- classical and jazz -- as well as the drums.

Why Yale?  "Yale will allow me to grow as a hockey player and as a person, allowing me to reach my full potential."

Gretchen Tarrant
Shoots: Right
Colchester, Vt.
Rice Memorial

Before Yale: Captained hockey team as a junior and senior … Second team NAPHA all-league forward 2012-13 …Selected to Team Vermont for 2013 Make-A-Wish All Stars game …Had 11 goals and 19 assists senior year for a career total of 101 points … Selected for New England All Star Festival for five years 2009-2013 …Team was 2012 regional champions … Also captained lacrosse and soccer teams … Scored more than 100 career goals in lacrosse and was named first team all-state … Second team Lake Division in soccer … National Honor Society Member.

Notes: Volunteered at the Pediatric Ward at Fletcher Allen … Mother played college volleyball at Vermont … Father played college hockey at Vermont when school was in the ECAC … Father was drafted by Calgary Flames and played four years of professional hockey in AHL and Europe.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because I really like the team and the coaches, I am excited about where the program is headed, and the academic opportunities are second to none."


Krista Yip-Chuck
Shoots: Left
Whitby, Ont.
All Saints
Whitby Jr. Wolves

Hockey Canada: Captain of Team Ontario Blue that won gold at Under-18 Canadian National Championships in 2013.

Before Yale: Assistant captain at All Saints … Team MVP in 2011 … Valedictorian … Captain of Whitby Jr. Wolves … PWHL Scoring Champion 2012-2013 (65 points in 38 games) … Led team in points, +/- and game-winning goals in 2012-13 … Tied for team lead in goals in 2012-13 … Team was PWHL regular season and league champions, JWHL Challenge Cup Champions in 2012-13 … Won four Provincial gold and two Provincial bronze medals with Whitby.

Notes: Mother, Lisa Preiss, played volleyball for the University of Cincinnati.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of the excellent combination of athletics and academics. Playing hockey for Yale in the competitive ECAC, while also receiving a first-class education, is a dream come true. I was also impressed with the people I met on my visit."


Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity