Rising Junior Vying for Chance to Play for her Country
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Hanna Åström (Örnsköldsvik, Sweden), a rising junior forward on the Yale women's ice hockey team, just wrapped up a stint at National Team Camp for her native Sweden. Åström was one of 23 players who took part in the camp, which ran from June 26 through June 29 in Norrtälje. The camp consisted of six on-ice practices, off-ice testing and two scrimmages.
A separate camp with 23 other players was held from June 23 to June 26. In addition to other upcoming international competitions, Sweden is preparing for the 2015 IIHF Women's World Championship -- which it will host in Malmö from Mar. 28 through Apr. 4, 2015. The national team is coming off a fourth-place finish at the 2014 Olympics. The Swedes lost the bronze medal game 4-3 to Switzerland, the team that featured rising Yale sophomore forward Phoebe Staenz (Zürich, Switzerland).
Åström had six goals, nine assists and 15 points for Yale last season. She appeared in all 32 games, extending her streak of consecutive games to 61. She had a pair of goals and five assists as a freshman in 2012-13. She is a two-time ECAC Hockey All-Academic selection.
In addition to the recent camp, Åström has prior experience with Sweden's national team program. She attended U20 Women's National Team Elite Camp in 2012. She won a bronze medal with Sweden at the 2010 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship in Chicago. She won the 4 Nations Tournament in 2009 in Moscow with the U18 Women's National Team. She attended U18 Women's National Team Elite Camp in 2009.
Prior to coming to Yale, Åström was captain for Ormsta/SDE in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, and assistant captain for Ormsta/SDE in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010. She ended her career as Ormsta/SDE's all-time scoring leader (103 goals, 95 assists in 162 games).
Åström is Yale's first player from Sweden since Anna Jepson of Hasselby appeared in seven games as a freshman in the 2001-02 season. Yale head coach Joakim Flygh is also a native of Sweden.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity