Yale's Maturo to Work With U.S. Olympic Hockey Team

Aug. 17, 2005

New Haven, CT - Ed Maturo, Yale's Director of Intercollegiate Equipment, has been selected to serve as equipment manager for the 2006 U.S. women's hockey team. Maturo, who has been at Yale since 1977, will take a leave from the university until the spring and report to Lake Placid this week to prepare for the 2006 Torino Olympics.

This is the second time Maturo has been selected to work with U.S. hockey at the Olympics. He spent the 1993-94 season as equipment manager for the men's team and was featured on CBS' coverage of the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer. He also worked with the team during the world championship in 1993.

Maturo joins two former Bulldogs on the U.S. team's staff. The head coach is Ben Smith, a former assistant men's hockey coach at Yale. Mike Gilligan, who served as interim head coach of the Yale men's team in 1983-84 (when Tim Taylor was away serving as assistant general manager and assistant coach for the 1984 men's Olympic team), is an assistant coach.

"I am very grateful to [Director of Athletics] Tom Beckett and Yale Athletics for allowing me to represent our country for a second time," Maturo said. "Ben and Mike are very good friends of mine. This is a great opportunity but it will be a grueling schedule. It will be fun to work with the best women hockey players in the country."

The first event for the team is the National Women's Festival in Lake Placid, which starts August 18. Forty of the top players in the country, including Yale's own Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.), will take part in that event.

Following roster cuts on August 25, the team will play in the Four Nations Cup in Hameenlinna, Finland, Aug. 30 through Sept. 4. The team will then play a series of exhibition games throughout North America over a four-month stretch prior to the Olympics as part of its "Hilton Family Skate to 2006" pre-Olympic tour. The U.S. also will take part in the women's test event in Torino in November.

Among the stops on the "Skate to 2006" tour is Ingalls Rink. Maturo, Gilligan, Smith and possibly Resor will be there to add a Yale flavor to Team USA's roster in the Nov. 1 game against the ECACHL All-Stars.

The opening ceremony for the Olympics takes place Feb. 10, with the team's first game on Feb. 11. The bronze medal game and the gold medal game take place on Feb. 20.

Maturo is a lifelong resident of Hamden and attended Hamden High. He and his wife, Mary Jane, have two daughters and four grandchildren. He played varsity hockey at Hamden and then American International (Mass.) College.

While Maturo is away from Yale, Jeff Torre will serve as interim Director of Intercollegiate Equipment.

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

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