Chancellor, DePinto, O'Brien, Vlasic, Yetman to Join Bulldogs
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team welcomes five incoming freshmen to the roster for 2015-16. The Class of 2019, which was announced Wednesday, includes two forwards, one defenseman/forward, one defenseman and one goalie. The new Bulldogs come from two different U.S. states and two different Canadian provinces.
The incoming freshmen have many accomplishments on the ice, including one who played for the Québec Under-18 team at the Canadian Championships in 2013 (defenseman Julia Yetman (Pierrefonds, Que.)) and one who once scored 74 points in a 51-game season (forward Emma Vlasic (Wilmette, Ill.)). They have served in leadership roles, including one who captained her hockey, field hockey and soccer teams to six Halton Regional Championships and two Provincial OFSAA medals (goaltender Kyra O'Brien (Burlington, Ont.)). They also have been active off the ice, including volunteering in domestic care for a woman who is physically handicapped (forward Jordan Chancellor (Ramsey, Minn.)) and tutoring other students in math as a member of the math honors society (defenseman/forward Ariana DePinto (Carol Stream, Ill.)).
The incoming freshmen join a program that is entering its sixth year under head coach Joakim Flygh. Last season the Bulldogs posted their best winning percentage in eight years, finishing with the second-most overall wins in school history (15). Yale also made its second straight ECAC Hockey Championship playoff appearance. The team tied the school record for wins in conference games with 12 and scored the second-most goals in a season in school history (93). All of Yale's top five point scorers from last season return, along with five defensemen who played in 15 or more games and two goalies.
Here is a look at the incoming Bulldogs:
The Blake School
Minnesota Ice Cats
USA Hockey: Minnesota Final 54 in Advanced 17s as a sophomore.
Minnesota Ice Cats: Played with Ice Cats junior and senior year ... Minnesota High School Elite League as a senior.
The Blake School: Varsity hockey for five years starting in eighth grade … Captain senior year … All-state 2015 … State all-tournament team in 2015 … All-conference 2013, 2014, 2015 … Hockey team won back-to-back state championships 2013 and 2014, finished second at state tournament 2015 … Varsity lacrosse for three years starting in ninth grade … Under Armour Midwest All-American team in lacrosse 2013 … All-state in lacrosse 2013 … State all-tournament team in lacrosse 2013 … Lacrosse team won state championship 2012, 2013, 2014 … Varsity cross country for three years starting in seventh grade … All-state in cross country 2010, 2011 … All-conference in cross country 2009, 2010, 2011 … Highest individual finish of fourth in state in cross country as an eighth grader … Voted cross country team MVP 2010 … Recipient of The Blake School's Chub Bettels Award for leadership and sportsmanship 2013 … Recipient of The Blake School's Athena Award, presented annually to school's most outstanding female athlete based on excellence in individual sports or for participation and accomplishments in team sports, 2015.
Notes: Volunteer at Feed My Starving Children and a service group at church … Volunteer in domestic care for woman who is physically handicapped … Announcer at spring sporting events for her school … Enjoys waterskiing, camping and hiking … Father played Division I ice hockey at Northern Michigan and Minnesota State Mankato.
Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of the great learning environment and the team and coaching staff's commitment to improving and bringing the team to the next level. I wanted a school that provided a competitive environment in both athletics and academics."
Carol Stream, Ill.
Glenbard North High School
Chicago Young Americans
Glenbard North High School: Captained varsity soccer team, playing goalkeeper … Earned multiple team MVP awards, along with all-area, all-sectional and all-conference honors, in soccer … Member of math honors society, tutoring other students in math … Earned multiple honor roll and student of the month honors.
Notes: Has participated in Locks of Love, which provides hairpieces from donated hair to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis … Has helped with Feed My Starving Children in Chicago … Volunteers at her church as a youth minister.
Why Yale? "I chose Yale over other colleges because I believed that I could challenge myself academically while getting to play the game that I love with amazing girls and great coaches."
Nelson High School
Burlington Junior Barracudas
Club Hockey: Member of Burlington Junior Barracudas of the PWHL for three years… Assistant captain 2014-15… Most Valuable Player 2014-15… 2.07 GAA and .928 SV%… 2015 JWHL Challenge Cup A Champion and two-time MVP… 2014 JWHL Challenge Cup B Champion and two-time MVP… 2012 and 2013 OWHA U18 Final Selection Camp… 2012 LLFHL Final Four Silver Medalist with Oakville Hornets Midget AA.
Nelson High School: Four-sport athlete including hockey, field hockey, soccer and volleyball… Captained hockey, field hockey and soccer teams to six Halton Regional Championships and two Provincial OFSAA medals… 2014 Senior Female Athlete of the Year… 2014 City of Burlington Female High School Athlete of the Year… 2014 Peggy Sandham Award and Scholarship, and Dane Tutton Award, both presented for highest academic average while making a significant contribution to athletics… 2013 Most Dedicated Female Athlete… 2012 Junior Athlete of the Year… Honor Roll each year of high school… 2014 Ontario Scholar… Nelson Gold Medal, awarded for outstanding involvement and success in the five major areas of school life… 2014-2015 Co-Chair of Nelson High School Interact Club, helping organize volunteer opportunities locally and internationally… Nelson High School Link Crew Member; assisting first-year students transition into high school.
Notes: Volunteer, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, "Returns for Leukemia" Bottle Drives … Volunteer, Burlington Barracudas Spring Break Hockey Tournament … Volunteer, Gift of Giving Back Community Food Drive … Chosen for Rotary Youth Leadership Award in May 2015 … Goalie coach with Kenesky Goalie School … Enjoys golfing, swimming and travelling.
Why Yale: "My goal has always been to play NCAA DI hockey for an Ivy League university. As soon as I met with the Yale coaching staff and toured the campus, including Ingalls, I knew there was no other place I wanted to be. To play hockey while receiving an education at such a world-renowned institute is an unbelievable opportunity."
New Trier Township High School
Chicago Young Americans
Chicago Young Americans: Captain … Won state championship 2011 and 2012 … Led team in scoring multiple times … MVP of Under-16 team in 2012-13 … Helped coach Under-12 team.
New Trier Township High School: Peer tutor … Spent lunch hours with classmates who have special needs … Nominated as tutor at reading/writing center.
Notes: Likes to play golf and baseball … Father, John Vlasic, was born in New Haven … Grandfather Ivan Vlasic received master's degree in international law in 1958 and PhD in air and space law in 1961 from Yale … Cousin Marc-Édouard Vlasic plays for San Jose Sharks in NHL and earned gold medal in Sochi Olympics with Team Canada in 2014.
Why Yale? "To be able to go to one of the best universities in the world and follow in my grandfather's footsteps is a dream come true."
Dawson College Blues
Hockey Canada: Played for Team Québec U18 at Canadian Championships 2013.
Dawson College Blues: RSEQ league second team all-star 2015 … RSEQ league rookie all-star 2015 … Bronze medal at Dodge Cup 2015 … Captain of Midget AAA Team West in 2013-2014 … Captain of Midget AA Elites from 2012-2014.
Kuper Academy: Captain of hockey team 2012-2014 … Hockey MVP 2012, 2013, 2014 … Student-athlete award 2012-2013 … Academic Athlete of the Year from graduating class of 2014 … Led hockey team in scoring for two consecutive years … Led league in scoring 2014 … Also played flag football (quarterback) and soccer … Flag football MVP 2012, 2013 … Won two GMAA flag football championships … Won GMAA juvenile girls' hockey championship 2014 … Won GMAA soccer championship 2012 … Academic Achievement Award for having highest overall average at Kuper Academy in Grade 10 … High Academic Honours Grade 11 … Received bursary from Montreal Canadians Fondation de l'athlete d'excellence du Québec for academic excellence 2014 … French Award for having highest average in Grade 11 French.
Why Yale? "I chose Yale because as soon as I set foot on campus I felt comfortable and at home. I knew right away that Yale was a place where I could develop as both a person and as an athlete, while receiving the best education possible."
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity