July 13, 2005
Yale defenseman Helen Resor '08 (Greenwich, Conn.) is one of 40 elite players invited to the 2005 USA Hockey National Women's Festival, USA Hockey announced today. The festival, which takes place in Lake Placid, N.Y. Aug. 18-25, serves as the selection camp for the 2005-06 U.S. Women's National Team that will train in preparation for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, in February.
Resor is one of 20 members of the 2005 world-champion U.S. Women's National Team who are slated to attend the festival, along with top players from the collegiate and professional ranks. Six two-time Olympians will take part in the festival, including Tricia Dunn, Cammi Granato, Katie King, Shelley Looney, Jenny Potter and Angela Ruggiero. The players will be divided into two teams to compete in daily practices and in a round-robin tournament at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid.
Resor, the second-youngest player on the roster, played in all five of Team USA's games at the IIHF Women's World Hockey Championship last April in Sweden, helping the U.S. win gold at that event for the first time ever. She had one assist and was +4 for the tournament. She finished her freshman season with seven goals and 11 assists for the Bulldogs.
Resor is not the only person with Yale connections at the festival. The head coach of the team 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. Long-time Yale equipment manager Ed Maturo has also signed on with Team USA.
On Aug. 25, at the conclusion of the camp, USA Hockey will announce the roster for the 2005-06 U.S. Women's National Team. That team will train and compete in cities around the country leading up to the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. Prior to the Games, the roster will be trimmed to 20 players.