HAMDEN, Conn. -Quinnipiac University will host a women's ice hockey festival on Sunday, January 3, 2010, at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The head-lining game, between the 2010 U.S. Olympic Women's team and the ECAC Hockey All-Stars is sandwiched between a youth game pitting the Connecticut Polar Bears against the New Jersey Colonials and a high school game between Hamden and Guilford. Several players with Connecticut ties will play in the game, which is part of the Qwest Tour. The Qwest Tour, presented by Qwest Communications, is a series of exhibitions by the women's national team leading up to the Olympics in February. Included in the group women's ice hockey players with Connecticut ties is Quinnipiac senior Janine Duffy, who will lace-up the skates for the ECAC Hockey All-Stars.
Duffy, a senior forward who ranks among Quinnipiac's all-time leaders in goals and points, was one of 21 players selected to the ECAC Hockey All-Stars. This season, she has led Quinnipiac to an impressive start, including the first plus-.500 record before the first half break in program history. Duffy has put up some impressive stats so far this season, tallying seven goals and seven assists through 18 games played. Duffy set a program-high in points and assists in a game when she dished out four assists in the Bobcats 11-1 victory against Sacred Heart in the Nutmeg Classic on Nov. 28. Over her four years with Quinnipiac, the senior has totaled 24 goals and 28 assists in 117 games played.
In addition to Duffy, Yale's Bray Ketchum and Jackee Snikeris will play for the ECAC Hockey All-Stars. Ketchum is a native of Greenwich, Conn. Her brother, Ben, is a member of the Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team. Yale University Head Coach Hilary Witt will also serve as an assistant with the ECAC Hockey All-Stars.
For Team USA, two-time Olympian and Fairfield, Conn. native Julie Chu and three-time Olympian Angela Ruggiero will headline the list of players on the Olympic team with a Connecticut affiliation. Chu is one of two players, along with Hilary Knight, on the national team's roster that played for the Connecticut Polar Bears. Knight, a native of Hanover, N.H. who played for the University of Wisconsin, also skated for the Polar Bears as a youth player. Michele Amidon, the Director of Women's Hockey for Team USA, is also a Polar Bear alum.
Chu , who played on the 2002 and 2006 Olumpic teams and also ECAC Hockey institution Harvard University, finished her collegiate career as the all-time leading scorer in NCAA history while also winning the 2007 Patty Kazmaier Award. Chu and Ruggiero, who played for the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Olympic teams, both attended Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn.
Caitlin Cahow, who played at Harvard as well, is a native of Branford, Conn. Cahow attended The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn. before attending Harvard. Cahow was also a member of the 2006 Olympic team.
The Connecticut Polar Bears and the New Jersey Colonials play at 11 a.m. on Jan. 3, followed by the 2010 US Olympic Women's Hockey Team's game against the ECAC Hockey All-Stars at 2 p.m. Hamden High will face Guilford High will close the women's ice hockey festival at 4:30 p.m. that day.
Fans can access ticket information by visiting the official website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.quinnipiacbobcats.com, or by calling the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office at 203-582-3905. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and a $3 group-rate for 15-plus.