Resor, Team USA Start Qualifying Round at IIHF World Championship

April 8, 2009

HAMEENLINNA, Finland - Senior defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) and Team USA start play in the qualifying round of the IIHF Women's World Championship Thursday against Finland. The game can be seen live on-line at Noon Eastern time on UniversalSports.com and will also be televised at 4:00 Eastern time on the Universal Sports Television Network (Where to Watch). The U.S. will then play Canada on Friday, and the bronze medal and gold medal games take place Sunday.

The U.S. is the defending champions at the event, which is taking place at Patria Arena in Hameenlinna, Finland. After a 9-0 win over Sweden in an exhibition game, Team USA beat Japan 8-0 and Russia 8-0 to advance to the qualifying round. Resor played in both games and has a +1 rating so far.

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 earlier this month during a tryout/training camp at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y.

At Yale, 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.

DateOpponentLocationTelevision (EDT)Internet (EDT)
Thurs., April 9FinlandPatria Arena4-6:30 p.m.12-2:30 p.m.
Fri., April 10CanadaPatria Arena4-6:30 p.m.12-2:30 p.m.
Sun., April 12Bronze-Medal Game*Patria Arena9-11:30 a.m.8-10:30 a.m.
Gold-Medal GamePatria Arena12-3 p.m.12-3 p.m.
Universal Sports will broadcast the bronze-medal game only if Team USA is playing.

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