Feb. 14, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale sophomore defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) has been named to Team USA's roster for the IIHF Women's World Championship. The U.S., whose coaching staff includes Yale head coach Hilary Witt, will compete against eight other countries in the tournament in Winnipeg and Selkirk, Man., from April 3-10. The field includes reigning Olympic gold medalist Canada. Resor played for the U.S. in the Olympics last spring and was part of Team USA's gold-medal effort at the 2005 IIHF World Championship.
In addition to the U.S. and Canada, the World Championship field includes China, Finland, Germany, Kazakhstan, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland. The U.S. and Canada have met in all nine previous championship games, with Canada winning eight prior to the U.S. victory in 2005. The World Championship is held in all non-Olympic years.
Team USA released its preliminary roster for the tournament Wednesday morning. That roster includes 24 players, while the final roster will include 20. Resor is one of 13 players (eight forwards and five defensemen, including nine with Olympic experience) that have already been selected for the final roster. The U.S. is hosting a camp in Grand Forks, N.D., from March 21-April 1 to determine the remaining seven spots. The team will also play a pair of games against reigning Olympic silver medalist Sweden on Mar. 30 in Grand Forks and on Apr. 1 in Warroad, Minn.
The U.S. is part of preliminary group A at the World Championship and will play its first game on Apr. 3 against Kazakhstan. Two days later the U.S. takes on China. Both games are scheduled for Selkirk Arena. Qualifying and Relegation games take place Apr. 7-8, and the bronze medal and gold medal games take place Apr. 10 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.
Resor and Team Germany forward Denise Soesilo '10 (Hamburg, Germany) made history as the first Yale players to play in the Olympics last year. Resor had two assists and tied Jenny Potter for the best +/- rating on the team (+10), helping the U.S. to a bronze medal.
Resor's most recent experience for team USA was at the Four Nations Cup last November, where she had one assist in four games. The U.S. won a silver medal. Last August Resor played on the U.S. Under-22 team, which played a three-game series with Canada's U-22 team. Resor was the player of the game in the Americans' 2-1 overtime win to open the series, but Canada bounced back to take the final two games.
Witt, a member of the 2000-2001 U.S. National Team, will serve as an assistant coach for the U.S. at the World Championship after serving in the same role at the Four Nations Cup. Wisconsin's Mark Johnson is the head coach.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity