June 3, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Defenseman Helen Resor '09 (Greenwich, Conn.), who earned a gold medal with Team USA at the IIHF Women's World Championship this past April, is part of a group of 30 of the top female hockey players in the country selected for USA Hockey's third annual Women's National Performance Evaluation Camp. The camp, which takes place at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., starts on Monday and runs through Saturday, June 13.
The training camp is off-ice and features weight training; yoga; fitness testing; team building; nutrition, regeneration and leadership training; and a race up the Manitou Springs Incline. Teena Murray, strength and conditioning coach for the U.S. Women's National Program, will lead the camp, along with other members of the U.S. staff, including Cornelia Holden, sports psychology consultant. Holden is a fellow in the Yale residential college Berkeley. The 2010 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team coaching staff (Mark Johnson, Dave Flint and Jodi McKenna) will also be on-site and involved in the camp.
The camp roster includes all 21 players from the gold medal-winning 2009 U.S. Women's National Team and a total of nine Olympians.
Resor, who was the first Yale women's ice hockey player to make the Olympics when she played for Team USA in Torino in 2006, now has two gold medals (2005, 2009) and one silver (2007) at the World Championships. At Yale, she 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. 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 Olympic and World Championship medals, she also won silver medals at the Four Nations Cup three times. Prior to Yale, she played for Noble and Greenough and Assabet Valley. Her sister, Jane '01, played for Yale, as did her cousins -- Carry Resor '09 and Nina Resor '07.
A number of other Bulldogs have been involved in other USA Hockey programs recently. Rising junior goalie Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) just participated in USA Hockey's Warren Strelow Goaltending Camp, where she was part of a group of 12 of the best goalies in the country. Crysti Howser '09 was on the U.S. Under-22 team each of the past two years, and four Bulldogs -- incoming freshman goalie Erin Callahan (Kenilworth, Ill.), rising sophomore forward Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.), rising junior forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.) and incoming freshman defenseman/forward Natalie Wedell (Arden Hills, Minn.) -- recently participated in USA Hockey's Open Olympic Team Tryouts.
Up next for the Americans after the evaluation camp is the 2009 U.S. Women's National Festival, which is held annually in Lake Placid, N.Y., in August. As many as 46 players will be selected for the Festival. Following the Festival, a group of 23 will be selected for the National Team and will go on the Qwest Tour. That series of 10 exhibition games runs from Sept. 25, 2009, through Feb. 4, 2010, and includes stops in 10 different locations throughout the United States. One stop is a short drive up the road from Yale at the TD Banknorth Sports Center in Hamden, Conn., where the U.S. will play the ECAC Hockey All-Stars on Jan. 3. The final U.S. Olympic roster of 20 will be announced during the tour, and the team is scheduled to start competition at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver against China on Feb. 14, 2010.
Yale has an extensive history with U.S. women's national teams. Forward Maria Dennis '88 was on the 1990 U.S. Women's National Team that earned silver at the first IIHF Women's World Championship, and goaltender Laurie Belliveau '98 was on the 1999 U.S. Women's National Team that earned silver at the 1999 IIHF Women's World Championship. Yale head coach Hilary Witt played on the U.S. National Team in 2000-01 and was an assistant coach for the U.S. team in 2006-07, earning a silver medal at the 2007 IIHF Women's World Championship along with Resor. Additionally, former Yale men's hockey assistant coach Ben Smith coached the U.S. women's team at the Olympics three times, winning a gold medal in 1998, and now serves as a national team advisor.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity