April 5, 2006

Savard Named Women's Hockey Captain

April 5, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Forward Kristin Savard (Framingham, Mass.) has been named 2006-07 Yale women's hockey captain. Savard, who was selected by a team vote Mar. 21 at Ray Tompkins House, will be formally introduced at the team banquet on Apr. 18.

"She's going to be a great captain," said Yale head coach Hilary Witt. "The thing about Kristin is she leads by example. She works hard and is a team player."

A three-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs, Savard has been a key part of a resurgent Yale squad that has as many wins in her three seasons here (39) as the team had in the six seasons prior to that combined.

Savard and her fellow members of the Class of 2007 - defenseman Regan Gilbride (White Plains, N.Y.), goaltender Carrie Horbatuk (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.), forward Kelsey Johnson (Wayzata, Minn.), defenseman Nina Resor (Westwood, Mass.), forward Christina Sharun (Nanaimo, B.C.), forward Jenna Spring (Cranbrook, B.C.) and forward Sheila Zingler (Wausau, Wisc.) - have more wins than all but two classes in Yale's 29-year history as a varsity sport (the Class of 2006 had 48 and the Class of 2005 had 46).

"It's an honor to be elected captain by my teammates, especially because there are so many worthy candidates in our class," Savard said. "With such a large senior class next year, the captain's role will be very different than in the past. Each senior will make a valuable contribution to next year's leadership."

Savard finished this season third on the team in points (7-13-20) and tied for the team lead in assists with 13. She was selected to the ECACHL All-Star team and played against Team USA in an exhibition game at Ingalls Rink Nov. 1.

As a sophomore in 2004-05 Savard tied for second on the team with 15 assists and was fourth on the team in points (9-15-24). The Bulldogs won a school-record 16 games that year, advancing to the ECACHL semifinals for the first time in school history. Savard won Yale's Coaches' Award for grit and determination.

As a freshman in 2003-04 Savard was named to the ECAC All-Rookie team. She led the Bulldogs in goals (14) and points (14-8-22) and was second among ECAC freshmen in goals and points. She scored the game-winning goal in her first game, a 1-0 win over Maine.

In the summer of 2004 Savard earned a spot on the USA Hockey Women's Festival roster, playing with and against several U.S. Olympians in a round-robin tournament.

A political science major in Trumbull College, Savard is a two-time ECACHL All-Academic selection. She has been involved with community service projects including Relay for Life and tutoring.

Before Yale Savard played for the Concord, Mass.-based Assabet Valley program that also produced current Bulldogs freshman Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.), freshman Carry Resor (Westwood, Mass.), sophomore Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) and Nina Resor along with Witt. Savard was part of a national championship with Assabet.

Savard attended Milton Academy, where she was All-Independent School League in hockey four times and field hockey once. She also played two seasons of lacrosse and spent one season with the track team.

Yale enters next season looking to build on the accomplishments of the 2005-06 campaign. The Bulldogs went undefeated against rival Harvard, the ECACHL champions, for the first time since 1979-80. Yale also beat Dartmouth for the first time in 20 years and beat Brown for the first time in 18 years.

"Our primary goal for next season is to be more consistent than we were this season," Savard said. "In games against Brown and Harvard we saw our true potential, and if we can play at that level more consistently we will have a very successful season."

After some time off for spring break the team has begun preparing for 2006-07. The Bulldogs return 15 of the 17 skaters on their roster and will be bolstered by the return of sophomore Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.), who spent this past year with the U.S. Olympic team.

"We'll have talent and depth next year, so we're excited," Savard said. "We've already started spring training. We're working hard and hoping to come back faster, stronger and ready to play by October."

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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