Sept. 29, 2005
Three Yale women's hockey players - senior forward Deena Caplette (Winnipeg, Man.), junior forward Kristin Savard (Framingham, Mass.) and senior goaltender Sarah Love (Bayfield, Ont.) - have been named to the ECACHL All-Star Team that will play Team USA in an exhibition game Nov. 1 at Ingalls Rink. The game is part of Team USA's "Hilton Family Skate to 2006" Pre-Olympic Tour. Team USA's roster currently includes Yale sophomore defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.).
Caplette tied for the team lead in assists last season with 16, which tied her for eighth on Yale's all-time single-season list. She had one of the biggest goals in school history, the game-winner in overtime vs. Princeton in the first game of the ECACHL playoffs for a 4-3 win - Yale's first post-season win. Caplette enters the 2005-06 season tied for sixth on Yale's career assists list with 42 and tied for ninth in points with 71.
Love broke her own Yale record with 14 wins in net last season and also holds the school mark for single-season goals-against average (2.25) and save percentage (.931). She was named ECACHL All-Academic last year and was a two-time USCHO/ITECH Division I Women's Defensive Player of the Week. She attended Team Canada's U-22 tryouts in the summer of 2004. Love is a two-time Yale team MVP and was named second team All-ECAC as a sophomore.
Savard tied for second on the team with 15 assists last season and earned ECACHL All-Academic recognition. She participated in the USA Hockey Women's Festival in the summer of 2004. As a freshman she was named to the ECAC All-Rookie team and led the Bulldogs in goals (14), points (22) and game-winning goals (4, including one in her first collegiate game).
A total of 21 players representing nine schools were picked for the ECACHL All-Star roster, with Yale one of six teams (with Brown, Colgate, Harvard, Princeton and St. Lawrence) to have three players picked. The team will be coached by Harvard head coach Katey Stone and her assistants Claudia Asano and Michelle McAteer. The team was selected by the all-star coaching staff with input from all 11 league coaches.
In addition to Resor, Team USA also features several other Yale connections. Head coach Ben Smith was an assistant coach for the Yale men's team under Tim Taylor from 1976 to 1981. Assistant coach Mike Gilligan spent the 1983-84 season as the interim coach of the Yale men while Taylor served as an assistant coach with the U.S. men's Olympic team. Team USA also has Yale's Director of Intercollegiate Equipment, Ed Maturo, serving as the team's equipment manager.
Team USA's Hilton Family Skate to 2006 Tour includes 11 games. The tour kicks off Sept. 30 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. with a game against the WCHA All-Stars. The tour is designed to prepare the team for the upcoming Olympics in Torino. The opening ceremony for the Olympics takes place Feb. 10, with the U.S. team's first game on Feb. 11. The bronze medal game and the gold medal game take place on Feb. 20.
Game time on Nov. 1 is 7:35. Ticket information is available by calling (203) 432-1400.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity