August 5, 2008

Howser Invited to USA Hockey's National Festival

Aug. 5, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Senior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) was among 64 players selected to participate in the 2008 USA Hockey Women's National Festival, USA Hockey announced Tuesday. The Festival, which will take place August 12-23 at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., features some of the top players in the country divided into three teams for daily practices and games.

Howser earned her spot at the Festival when she was named to the Under-22 Select Team in July following a week-long camp at the Olympic Training Center. The U.S. Under-22 Select Team will play together as the Blue team at the Festival, then depart on Aug. 18 to represent the U.S. in the Under-22 Series against Canada in Pierrefonds, Que., Aug. 20-23.

Howser, who turns 21 this month, is one of 13 forwards and 22 total players on the U.S. U-22 roster. She will sport uniform No. 13 for the Blue team at the Festival.

Howser was on the U.S. Under-22 Select Team for the three-game series against Canada last year after placing fifth in scoring at the 2007 U.S. Women's National Festival. Her previous experience with USA Hockey included a stint at the 2006 National Festival. She also participated in USA Hockey's Girls' Select 17/18 Festival in 2005, tying for the scoring lead with four goals and three assists in five games.

Howser has led Yale in points in each of her first three years, and the 22 goals she scored in 2006-07 place her tied for third on Yale's single-season list. She is tied for fourth on Yale's career goals list (44), is seventh on Yale's career points list (92) and is tied for eight on Yale's career assists list (48). She was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection last year.

A graduate of New Trier Township High, Howser is a political science major in Silliman College at Yale.

Yale has an extensive history with U.S. women's national teams. Senior defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.), who was on the U.S. Under-22 Select Team from 2003-2005, played for the U.S. in the 2006 Olympics and has also played for the U.S. in two IIHF World Women's Championships. Yale head coach Hilary Witt played on the U.S. National Team in 2000-01 and was an assistant coach with the U.S. team in 2006-07. Former Yale men's hockey assistant coach Ben Smith coached Team USA at the Olympics three times, winning a gold medal in 1998, and now serves as a national team advisor.

Yale's Recent USA Hockey Women's National Festival Attendees

2008
Crysti Howser

2007
Crysti Howser
Helen Resor
Sheila Zingler

2006
Crysti Howser
Helen Resor

2005
Helen Resor

2004
Helen Resor
Kristin Savard

Team USA 2008 Under-22 Series Schedule
August 20-23 - Pierrefonds, Que. - Pierrefonds Sportplexe

Wed., Aug. 20 United States vs. Canada 7:00 p.m. Fri., Aug. 22 United States vs. Canada 7:00 p.m. Sat., Aug. 23 United States vs. Canada 9:30 a.m.

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