Dec. 18, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Three members of the Yale women's hockey team have extra stops on their winter break itineraries thanks to their national team responsibilities. Junior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) and junior defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) are headed to Lake Placid, N.Y., for USA Hockey's Holiday Camp Dec. 26-Jan. 1. Sophomore forward Denise Soesilo (Hamburg, Germany) will be with Team Germany for the 2008 European Air Canada Cup, which takes place in Ravensburg, Germany, Jan. 2-6.
Howser and Resor are part of the group of 56 of the country's top players selected for USA Hockey's Holiday Camp. In addition to providing training for the players, the camp will help coaches evaluate players for upcoming international competitions, including the IIHF Women's World Championship in April. With an eight-member coaching staff on hand, the athletes will be split into three teams for daily practices, strength training and scrimmages.
Both Howser and Resor were a part of USA Hockey's Women's National Festival this past August, which featured 67 players and several scrimmages. Howser finished tied for fifth in scoring at that event, which helped her earn a spot on the U.S. Under-22 team for a three-game series against Canada. She was recently profiled on usahockey.com.
Howser leads Yale in points this season with 11 in 12 games, including a team-best nine assists. She led Yale in goals (22) and points (37) last season. That goal total was the most by a Bulldog in 19 years and placed her third on the school's single-season list. Her point total placed her fourth all-time and was the highest by a Yale player in 21 years.
Resor, who has three goals and two assists in 10 games this year, has the most international experience of any Bulldog. She became the first Yale player to make an Olympic team roster when she was named to Team USA for the 2006 Torino games. Resor and Team USA won a bronze medal that year. She has also participated in the last two IIHF World Championships, earning a gold medal in 2005 and a silver medal last spring. Additionally, she has earned three silvers in Four Nations Cup competition.
Howser and Resor are both on the Blue team roster at the Holiday Camp. In addition to daily practices Dec. 27-31, the team has scrimmages Dec. 28 (vs. Red, 7:30 p.m.), Dec. 29 (vs. Red, 7:30 p.m.), Dec. 30 (vs. White, 7:30 p.m.) and Jan. 1 (vs. Red, 8:45 a.m.).
Soesilo helped Germany to a fifth-place finish at the 2006 Olympics, assisting on the game-winning goal in the 5-2 win over Italy in the classification round. She has 10 goals and seven assists in 38 career games for the Bulldogs.
Canada is the five-time defending champion at the European Air Canada Cup, having won every tournament since its inception in 2003 and losing only once in 16 games -- to Germany in 2006. Canada, Germany and Russia will compete in Pool B, while Finland, Sweden and Switzerland comprise Pool A. The top two teams in each pool advance to the semifinals Jan. 5, with the gold medal to be determined on Jan. 6.
Yale is currently on break for exams. The Bulldogs return to the ice Dec. 29 against Niagara in the first round of the Nutmeg Classic tournament at Quinnipiac's TD Banknorth Center.
Team Germany Air Canada Cup Schedule (all games at Ravensburg Arena)
Jan. 2 vs. Russia, 8:00 p.m. CET (EST -5)
Jan. 4 vs. Canada, 4:00 p.m. CET
Jan. 5 semifinals 4:00 and 8:00 CET
Jan. 6 bronze medal game 4:00 CET, gold medal game 8:00 CET
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity