Love Selected for NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge

March 7, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale senior women's hockey goaltender Sarah Love (Bayfield, Ont.) has been selected to participate in the inaugural NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge, which will be held April 7 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Yale senior men's hockey goaltender Josh Gartner (Richmond Hill, Ont.) is an alternate for the event. The competition will be held in an East versus West format with each team having six male position players, six female position players, two male goaltenders and two female goaltenders.

Love concluded her career Saturday as Yale's all-time leader in save percentage (.914), goals-against average (2.68) and shutouts (12). She also finished second to All-American Laurie Belliveau in saves (3,088).

Love also holds the school single-season save percentage (.931, 2003-04) and goals-against average (2.25, 2003-04) records.

Gartner has an .896 career save percentage and 3.74 career goals-against average. His 60 saves in a playoff game at Dartmouth March 15, 2005 are third-most in a game by a Yale goalie. He is the son of NHL Hall of Famer Mike Gartner.

The NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge competitions will include puck control relay, fastest skater, hardest shot, rapid fire shooting and penalty shot.

To be eligible for the NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge, all players must have exhausted their collegiate eligibility and be nominated by their head coach. The players were selected by representatives from the American College Hockey Coaches Association, the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee and the National Youth Sports Corporation. An alternate list has been established in the event that players have to withdraw from the competition due to other commitments, such as their team's participation in the Men's Frozen Four.

"The rosters include an extremely talented group of men and women," said Marty Scarano, chair of the Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee and director of athletics at the University of New Hampshire. "We have been talking about the formation of a skills challenge for several years now, and this is such a tremendous group of student-athletes, that it will be an exciting event for everyone in attendance."

Tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased at the Bradley Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 414/276-4545. The Skills Challenge will begin at 7 p.m. Central and will be preceded by the Hobey Baker Memorial Award at 6 p.m. and the Hockey Humanitarian Award at 6:30 p.m.

NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge press release

report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity Department