Dec. 14, 2005
Yale defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) and her Team USA teammates make one more stop in Connecticut this Saturday as the Hilton Family Skate to 2006 tour winds down. The U.S. National Team will play Finland in an exhibition game at the Hartford Civic Center at 3 p.m. (broadcast on Cn8). Resor is bidding to become the first Yale women's hockey player in the Olympics.
Twenty-four players (21 skaters and three goaltenders) have appeared in games for the U.S. during the course of the tour. Twenty will be on the final roster for the Olympics, including 18 skaters and two goaltenders. The final roster will be announced at the Mall of America in Minnesota on Dec. 27.
Resor has appeared in all 12 games for the U.S. and has one assist. Team USA is 7-5, including 5-1 in official tour events, entering Wednesday night's game against Finland in Reading, Pa. The Americans will play Finland again Thursday night in Rochester, N.Y.
Resor is a member of the Class of 2008 but is taking a year off for the pre-Olympic tour. Her sister Jane `01 played for Yale and her cousins Carry Resor '09 (Westwood, Mass.) and Nina Resor '07 (Westwood, Mass.) are currently on the team.
Team USA's staff includes two former Yale men's hockey assistants who worked under current Bulldog coach Tim Taylor - head coach Ben Smith and assistant coach Mike Gilligan. The U.S. also has Yale equipment manager Ed Maturo.
After the game in Hartford, the U.S. plays Finland in Trenton, N.J. on Sunday, the final game before roster cuts are made. An audio broadcast of that game will be available on uscho.com.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity