Oct. 1, 2008
ALBANY, N.Y. - Yale senior defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.), who became the first Yale women's ice hockey player to make an Olympic roster when she was named to the U.S. squad for the 2006 Torino games, was part of the ECAC's "A Night with the Olympians" Monday night. The event was held in conjunction with the conference's annual convention and trade show in Albany, N.Y.
Among those appearing in addition to Resor were Jeff Blatnick (Springfield College), Bill Cleary (Harvard University), John Gregorek (Georgetown University), Michelle Guerette (Harvard University/Radcliffe College), Jason Morris (Syracuse University) and Zara Northover (Northeastern University). Combined, those seven Olympians were selected to 14 Olympic teams and won six medals, including two golds and three silvers.
The event was a panel discussion moderated by Scott Morlock, the weekend sports anchor on FOX23 in Albany. There was also a "Breakfast with the Olympians" Tuesday morning at the Crowne Plaza Albany. Both events highlighted the ECAC's celebration of 70 years of service and 25 years of women's championships.
Resor earned a bronze medal with Team USA in 2006, becoming the first Yale hockey player of either gender to earn an Olympic medal since five Bulldog men won silver with Team USA in 1932. Junior forward Denise Soesilo (Hamburg, Germany), who was a Yale recruit at the time, took part in the same Olympics for Team Germany.
Resor also won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2005 Women's World Championship and won silver medals at the 2005 Four Nations Cup, 2006 Four Nations Cup, 2007 Four Nations Cup and 2007 World Championship. A two-time ECAC Hockey All-Academic selection, Resor enters the 2008-09 season 20th on Yale's career points list (20-34-54). That puts her right behind her sister, Jane '01 (25-31-56). Resor was fourth on the Bulldogs in goals (eight) and points (16) last season.
Yale opens the 2008-09 season at No. 5 New Hampshire on Oct. 25.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity