March 26, 2009
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - Senior defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) has earned a spot on the 2009 U.S. Women's National Team and will help the United States defend its world title at the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Women's Championship from April 4-12 in Hameenlinna, Finland. Resor, who was the first Yale women's ice hockey player to make the Olympics when she played for Team USA in 2006, was selected for one of the 21 final National Team roster spots Thursday during a tryout/training camp at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Resor's road to the National Team started when she was named to the preliminary U.S. roster two weeks ago. That group of 32 was trimmed by 11 Thursday, when USA Hockey announced the final roster. The final cuts included three Olympians, indicating the level of competition for spots. Resor is one of seven Olympians to make the final roster.
Team USA departs March 30 and will spend March 31-April 2 in Vierumaki, Finland. The Americans will play a pre-tournament game against Sweden on April 2, then travel to Hameenlinna to open world-championship play against Japan on April 4. The bronze medal and gold medal games are set for Apr. 12.
Resor was among the nominees for the Kazmaier Award as the top women's college hockey player in the country this season, and earned third team All-ECAC Hockey and second team All-Ivy League honors. She has also been selected to participate in the NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge Apr. 10 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., but will miss that event to participate in the World Championship. Overall this season, Resor led Yale in assists with 14 and was third in points with 21. She was eighth nationally in scoring by a defenseman (7-14-21 in 28 games).
Resor's 48 career assists place her tied for ninth on Yale's all-time list in that category, and she is also tied for 12th in career points (75) and tied for 20th in career goals (27). She made history as the first Yale women's hockey player selected to the U.S. Olympic Team roster when she was picked for the 2006 Torino Games. In addition to her bronze medal at the Olympics, she also won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2005 IIHF Women's World Championship and won silver medals at the Four Nations Cup three times (2005-2007) and at the 2007 IIHF Women's World Championship. Prior to Yale, she played for Noble and Greenough and Assabet Valley.
The U.S. is coached by Mark Johnson, the head coach at the University of Wisconsin, who will also coach the U.S. at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Joining Johnson on the coaching staff as assistant coaches at the 2009 IIHF World Women's Championship are Dave Flint, head women's ice hockey coach at Northeastern University, and Jodi McKenna, head women's ice hockey coach at Wesleyan University.
Coverage of the 2009 IIHF Women's World Championship is available on Universal Sports (TV, starting Apr. 9) and universalsports.com.
|Thurs., April 2||Sweden (Exhib.)||Vierumaki||7 p.m./12 p.m.|
|Sat., April 4||Japan||Metritiski Arena||5 p.m./10 a.m.|
|Mon., April 6||Russia||Patria Arena||12 p.m./5 a.m.|
|Thurs., April 9||Qualifying Round||TBA||TBA|
|Fri., April 10||Qualifying Round||TBA||TBA|
|Sun., April 12||Bronze-Medal Game||Patria Arena||3 p.m./8 a.m.|
|Gold-Medal Game||Patria Arena||7 p.m./12 p.m.|
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity