UNH skaters selected to U.S. Women's Training Camp

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Three University of New Hampshire Wildcats - current 'Cats Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) and Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) as well as alumnus Erin Whitten - were selected to compete at the 2003 U.S. Women's National Team Training Camp, which will take place Dec. 26-Jan. 2 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Both Thomas and Whitten (UNH '93), a third-year assistant coach with New Hampshire's women's ice hockey team, competed for the U.S. Select Team at the Four Nations Cup in Kitchener, Ontario this past November.

Thomas, a junior defenseman and co-captain of the 2002-03 Wildcat squad, competed on the U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team over the summer. Thomas, the Women's Hockey East Player of the Month for October, leads UNH is both assists (18) and points (21) as well as plus/minus (+19). She began the season with a point in nine consecutive games and has recorded a point in 13 of 16 games. A recipient of the Colleen Coyne Award as UNH's top defenesman last year, Thomas was named to the ECAC All-Conference Second Team and All-Rookie Team in 2001.

Hansen, a forward, is UNH's leading rookie scorer with nine points on four goals and five assists. A two-time selection as Women's Hockey East Rookie of the Week, Hansen's season highlights include a two-assist game in her collegiate debut against Vermont (Oct. 11) and a two-goal effort at Quinnipiac University (Oct. 26).

Whitten was named the 1994 Women's Player of the Year by USA Hockey and was on the U.S. National Team from 1992-1997. She rejoined the Team for the 1999-2000 seasons before returning to her alma mater as a coach.

Whitten was a standout goaltender at New Hampshire from 1990-93. She was an ECAC First Team selection in 1993, ECAC All-Star selection in 1990 and 1991 and the ECAC Goaltender of the Year in 1992. Whitten currently ranks fourth on the program's leaderboard in saves (1,556), games played (72), minutes played (3523:34) and wins (51). She also ranks sixth with 10 shutouts.

The camp, which features 46 players, will serve as a major step in the selection process for the 2003 U.S. Women's National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship from April 3-9 in Beijing, China.

UNH (14-3-1, 5-0-0 WHE) returns to action Jan. 4 vs. Brown University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 2 p.m.

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