ECAC Hockey League Announces Women's Preseason All-League Teams

ECAC Hockey League Announces Women's Preseason All-League Teams

ALBANY, N.Y. - Returning Olympians lead this year's ECAC Hockey League women's preseason all-league team. As voted on by the league's 12 head coaches, players from Clarkson, Dartmouth, Harvard, St. Lawrence and Yale made this year's preseason team. Media members also participated in preseason voting this year, and their voting produced results similar to the coaches.

Last season's Goaltender of the Year and first-team selection, Clarkson's Kira Hurley, leads the way on both teams. The senior netminder posted a 1.25 goals against average and a .936 save percentage in 20 league games last season, which included 12 victories and seven shutouts.

St. Lawrence defenseman Annie Guay is another returning first-team selection from last year and was named to both preseason teams. Guay was an important key to the Saints' defensive success last season, as the team held league opponents to a scant 1.10 goals per game. The junior also provided some offense for with 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in league games, which led all ECACHL blue liners.

Yale's Helen Resor, who was a member of the U.S. Olympic Team, was also picked as a top defenseman by both the coaches and media. Entering her sophomore season, she was an all-rookie team pick in 2005 after posting five goals and two assists in league games and helping her team to the ECACHL semifinals.

Three Harvard Olympians - Caitlin Cahow, Julie Chu and Sarah Vaillancourt -- were selected to the Coaches list, with Chu and Vaillancourt also being named to the Media team. Vaillancourt, who was the league's Rookie of the Year in 2005, won a gold medal with Canada at the recent Olympics in Italy and returns at forward for her sophomore season. Cahow and Chu were forces for the United States Olympic team and return for their junior and senior years, respectively. A forward, Chu was a first-team all-league pick in 2005, while Cahow, a defenseman, had 22 points in league games that same season.

Dartmouth also has multiple selections, with forward Katie Weatherston named to the coaches team and Gillian Apps selected as a top forward by both the coaches and media. The two athletes were both members of the Canadian Olympic team last year. In 2004-05, Apps finished the league season with 26 points, while Weatherston tallied 27, including 20 goals, and was a second-team all-league pick.

The women's season opens this Friday when St. Lawrence takes on McGill in an exhibition contest. The first league games of the season take place Saturday, Oct. 21. The Rensselaer women, who are new to the league this season, will play their first-ever ECACHL game on Oct. 28 at Harvard.

ECACHL Coaches Preseason All-League Selections
G - Kira Hurley, Clarkson
D - Caitlin Cahow, Harvard
D - Annie Guay, St. Lawrence
D - Helen Resor, Yale
F - Gillian Apps, Dartmouth
F - Julie Chu, Harvard
F - Sarah Vaillancourt, Harvard
F - Katie Weatherston, Dartmouth

ECACHL Media Preseason All-League Selections
G - Kira Hurley, Clarkson
D - Annie Guay, St. Lawrence
D - Helen Resor, Yale
F - Gillian Apps, Dartmouth
F - Julie Chu, Harvard
F - Katie Weatherston, Dartmouth