Forward Leads Bulldogs into 40th Varsity Season
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Junior forward Krista Yip-Chuck (Whitby, Ont.) has been elected captain of the Yale women's ice hockey team for the 2016-17 season. Yip-Chuck was selected by a team vote and was introduced formally at the team's post-season banquet Wednesday Apr. 6 at the Yale Golf Course.
Yip-Chuck leads the Bulldogs into their 40th varsity season. She is the fifth player from Ontario to serve as captain in Yale's history.
"I'm extremely honored to have been elected captain by my teammates," said Yip-Chuck. "I've been fortunate to have had the opportunity to play alongside and learn from three amazing and different former captains -- as well as an entire program full of leaders -- throughout the course of my time at Yale and am looking forward to the opportunity that my entire class and I have to embrace this role on the team."
Yip-Chuck is one of six rising seniors on the team, joined by forward/defenseman Abby Gahm (Eagle River, Alaska), goaltender Hanna Mandl (Nobleton, Ont.), defenseman Taylor Marchin (Algonac, Mich.), forward Phoebe Staenz (Zürich, Switzerland) and forward Gretchen Tarrant (Colchester, Vt.).
"Krista has served in a leadership role at every level she has played and it is no surprise to anyone that she finds herself being a captain at Yale," said Joakim Flygh, Yale's Susan Cavanagh Head Coach of Women's Ice Hockey. "Krista has had the good fortune to learn from past captains at Yale and has always taken on a leadership role around campus during her past three years. I have no doubt that Krista will rise to challenge -- she is surrounded by a motivated rising senior class and they all will be vital to our success."
The reliable and skilled Yip-Chuck has not missed a game for her career, playing in 92 straight, and has regularly centered one of the team's top scoring lines.
As a freshman Yip-Chuck tied for second on the team with 10 goals, finishing with 17 points (10-7-17). She was ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Month for February. That season also saw her and the Bulldogs take part in an epic ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series, pushing archrival Harvard to a decisive third game before falling.
"My most memorable moment as a member of the Yale women's hockey team so far has been beating Harvard in double OT in the first game of ECAC playoffs in my freshman year," said Yip-Chuck. "Our team overcame so much adversity that year and was able to both surprise and prove a lot of people wrong with what we accomplished. I think that moment truly established the higher precedent our program has gone on to expect of ourselves the last few years I have been here."
As a sophomore Yip-Chuck tied for the team lead in goals and tied for third on the team in points (11-11-22). This past season she was third on the team in assists with a career high 15, and she tied for third on the team in points (5-15-20).
A sociology major in Calhoun College, Yip-Chuck was an ECAC Hockey All-Academic selection last season. She has also been active in numerous community service initiatives, including those in memory of Yale women's ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz '10 (1988-2011). Yip-Chuck has served as a committee member to help plan the annual marrow donor registration drive at Yale that bears Mandi's name. The drive overall has helped at least 30 patients with life-threatening illnesses find donor matches for transplants. Yip-Chuck also has helped plan the White Out for Mandi fund raisers that the Yale women's ice hockey team held to benefit the Mandi Schwartz Foundation in 2014 and 2016.
Prior to coming to Yale Yip-Chuck attended All Saints, where she was assistant captain and Team MVP. She also was captain of Team Ontario Blue, winning gold at Under-18 Canadian National Championships in 2013.
Yip-Chuck leads Yale into a 2016-17 season in which the team returns five of its top seven scorers, along with its starting goalie and all but one defenseman.
"As a team, we are very excited for the new opportunity we have this season," said Yip-Chuck. "My class and all of the returning players are hungry to come back and reassert ourselves as a competitive threat in the ECAC. This past season's seniors were a tremendous source of both leadership and talent, and will no doubt be missed. But I think with both the experience gained and individual growth made by a number of the girls, we are in a good position to be very successful moving forward. I am excited to see what lies what ahead this year."
Yale Women's Ice Hockey Captains from Ontario
1986-87 Jill Tinmouth (Toronto, Ont.)
1987-88 Jill Tinmouth (Toronto, Ont.)
2005-06 Lisa Jacque (Markham, Ont.)
2010-11 Samantha MacLean (Mississauga, Ont.)
2014-15 Aurora Kennedy (Mississauga, Ont.)
2016-17 Krista Yip-Chuck (Whitby, Ont.)