Nov. 1, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale junior forward Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) and junior defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) continue to be a part of USA Hockey's plans. They have been selected as part of a group of fifty-six of the nation's top women's ice hockey players that will convene in Lake Placid, N.Y., for USA Hockey's annual Women's Holiday Camp from Dec. 26, 2007-Jan. 1, 2008.
In addition to providing training for the players, the camp will help coaches evaluate players for upcoming international competitions, including the IIHF Women's World Championship in April. With an eight-member coaching staff on hand, the athletes will be split into three teams for daily practices, strength training and scrimmages.
Both Howser and Resor were a part of USA Hockey's Women's National Festival this past August, which featured 67 players and several scrimmages. Howser finished tied for fifth in scoring at that event, which helped her earn a spot on the U.S. Under-22 team for a three-game series against Canada.
Howser led Yale in goals (22) and points (37) last season, finishing tied for fourth in assists (15). That goal total was the most by a Bulldog in 19 years and placed her third on the school's single-season list. Her point total placed her fourth all-time and was the highest by a Yale player in 21 years.
Howser accomplished all that despite missing the first four games of the season while playing soccer for Yale; she was eighth in the ECAC in points per game (1.37). She has now stopped playing soccer in order to concentrate more fully on hockey. Her previous experience with USA Hockey includes a stint at the 2006 National Festival, where she and Resor were teammates. Howser also participated in USA Hockey's Girls' Select 17/18 Festival in 2005, tying for the scoring lead with four goals and three assists in five games.
Resor has the most international experience of any Bulldog, having become the first Yale player to make an Olympic team roster when she was named to Team USA for the 2006 Torino games. She has also participated in the last two IIHF World Championships, earning a gold medal in 2005 and a silver medal this past spring. She has already been selected to the U.S. roster for the upcoming Four Nations Cup in Leksand, Sweden, from Nov. 7-11. This is her third Four Nations Cup selection.
Resor, a second team All-ECAC selection last season, had five goals and 15 assists in 24 games. She was third among ECAC defensemen in points per game (0.83).
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity