There are worse ways to begin a school year than a week of undefeated competition in international hockey in Vierumaki, Finland. Competing for the U.S. national team at the 12 Nations Tournament in August was as good of a preparation for the upcoming season as juniors Josephine Pucci and Jillian Dempsey could have hoped to find on campus.
Now back in Bright Hockey Center, the duo are using their experience at the national level to raise the team’s performance on the ice.
After a weak offensive performance for much of the 2010-2011 campaign, the front line of the Harvard men’s ice hockey team knew it had to make big changes.
There were certainly improvements in the offseason regimen. For the first time in its history, the team had access to Bright Hockey Center over the summer, allowing skaters to improve over the break. But questions remain, as the team must fill the void left by the loss of some of its top offensive weapons.
The Harvard women’s hockey team enters the 2010-11 season with the same ambition it always has.
“Our season goal every year is a national championship,” junior defenseman Hilary Hayssen said. “We set the bar high because you have to have high expectations for yourself.”