February 13, 2009

Helen Resor Among Nominees for Kazmaier Award

Feb. 13, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Senior defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.), who made history as the first Yale women's hockey player to make an Olympic team roster three years ago, is among the nominees for the 12th annual Patty Kazmaier Award as the top female college hockey player in the country. USA Hockey announced the nominees Friday afternoon.

Resor, who won a bronze medal with Team USA in the Olympics, is tied for 11th nationally in scoring by a defenseman (6-10-16 in 23 games). She is also tied for the team lead in assists, is third in points and is fourth in goals. Her 44 career assists place her 11th on Yale's all-time list in that category, and she is also tied for 16th in career points (70) and is 21st in career goals (26). Along with Yale men's goalie Alec Richards (Robbinsdale, Minn.), she is also among the candidates for the East squad at the upcoming NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge. On-line voting for that honor runs through Noon on Feb. 18 at ncaa.com.

Resor was named to the New England Hockey Writers' Division I All-Star Team and was second team All-ECAC Hockey in 2006-07. She has been a preseason All-ECAC Hockey pick twice and was named to ECAC Hockey's All-Rookie Team and USCHO's All-Rookie Team in 2004-05. That year, she scored one of the most significant goals in school history when she converted a penalty shot with 5:38 left in Yale's Mar. 4 ECAC Hockey playoff game against Princeton at Ingalls Rink. The Bulldogs went on to win in overtime for their first playoff victory in program history.

No player in Yale history has more international experience than Resor. In addition to her bronze medal at the Olympics, she also won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2005 IIHF Women's World Championship and won silver medals at the Four Nations Cup three times (2005-2007) and at the 2007 IIHF Women's World Championship. She has attended USA Hockey's National Festival four times.

Resor comes from a Yale family that also includes her sister, Jane '01, who played for the Bulldogs and is married to Jeff Hamilton '00, the all-time leading scorer for the Yale men's team. Resor's cousin Carry is a senior defenseman for the Bulldogs, and her cousin Nina '07 also played for Yale.

A history and political science major, Resor is a two-time ECAC Hockey All-Academic selection. She volunteers with Community Health Educators, an organization at Yale that teaches workshops with local high school and middle school students about health-related issues.

Prior to Yale, Resor led Noble and Greenough to a 25-0-3 record and a New England Division I Championship. She also played for Assabet Valley.

The top 10 finalists for the Kazmaier Award will be announced March 2, and the top three will be announced March 10. Yale has had one Kazmaier Award finalist, goaltender Laurie Belliveau '98 in 1997-98.

The winner of the Kazmaier Award will be announced on March 21, during the NCAA Women's Hockey Frozen Four in Boston.

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

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