March 27, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - USA Hockey named 18 skaters to the roster that will compete at 2007 IIHF Women's World Championship Tuesday, confirming a spot for Yale sophomore defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.). Team USA, whose coaching staff includes Yale head coach Hilary Witt, will compete against eight other countries in the tournament in Winnipeg and Selkirk, Man., from April 3-10.
The World Championship field includes reigning Olympic gold medalist Canada. Resor played for the U.S. in the Olympics last spring and was part of Team USA's gold-medal effort at the 2005 IIHF World Championship.
In addition to the U.S. and Canada, the World Championship field includes China, Finland, Germany, Kazakhstan, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland. The U.S. and Canada have met in all nine previous championship games, with Canada winning eight prior to the U.S. victory in 2005. The World Championship is held in all non-Olympic years.
Team USA had released its preliminary roster for the tournament last month. That roster included 24 players. Resor was one of 13 players in that group who were selected for the final roster at that time. Five more spots were determined at the training camp the U.S. is currently hosting in Grand Forks, N.D., from March 21-April 1. The team will also play a pair of games against reigning Olympic silver medalist Sweden on Mar. 30 in Grand Forks and on Apr. 1 in Warroad, Minn.
With three goalies still on the roster, one will be cut prior to the World Championship to bring the roster down to its final size of 20.
The U.S. is part of preliminary group A at the World Championship and will play its first game on Apr. 3 against Kazakhstan. Two days later the U.S. takes on China. Both games are scheduled for Selkirk Arena. Qualifying and Relegation games take place Apr. 7-8, and the bronze medal and gold medal games take place Apr. 10 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.
Resor and Team Germany forward Denise Soesilo '10 (Hamburg, Germany) made history as the first Yale players to play in the Olympics last year. Resor had two assists and tied Jenny Potter for the best +/- rating on the team (+10), helping the U.S. to a bronze medal.
Resor's most recent experience for team USA was at the Four Nations Cup last November, where she had one assist in four games. The U.S. won a silver medal. Last August Resor played on the U.S. Under-22 team, which played a three-game series with Canada's U-22 team. Resor was the player of the game in the Americans' 2-1 overtime win to open the series, but Canada bounced back to take the final two games.
Witt, a member of the 2000-2001 U.S. National Team, will serve as an assistant coach for the U.S. at the World Championship after serving in the same role at the Four Nations Cup. Wisconsin's Mark Johnson is the head coach.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity