Post #28 – Wednesday 12/30


  • Sparking Your Interest In Yale
  • Light Mid-Week NCAA Schedule
  • New Hampshire vs. Holy Cross Preview
  • Sifters

Sparking Your Interest In Yale…

If you’re a player, parent, or coach who just recently started reading the Bulldog Pipeline, perhaps your interest about Yale has grown. We want to turn your attention to a previous post we ran back in October. In an effort to help educate players, parents, and coaches alike, we put a lot of useful information about Yale and our hockey program in one place–The Yale University Women’s Hockey ‘Spark’ Document. Designed and created by Assistant Coach Danielle Blanchard, this one-stop-shop document is perfect for anyone looking to know more about our hockey program and Yale as an institution. So click the link above to learn more!

Mid-Week NCAA Schedule…

In an earlier post we reported women’s hockey will be back playing games Jan. 1. That has now changed and New Hampshire will travel to Worcester to take on Holy Cross at the Hart Center Rink. Puck drop is scheduled for 5pm. The game will be streamed live and can be viewed for FREE. All NCAA conference streaming information can be found below at the bottom of the post.

New Hampshire vs. Holy Cross Preview…

These two teams met just before Christmas on December 23rd with New Hampshire exploding for a four-goal second period enroute to a 6-2 victory. It’s been a short break for both squads as they were last two NCAA teams to play before the holiday break. Looking ahead, Holy Cross has a quick turnaround as they head up to Burlington, VT for a New Year’s series with Vermont Jan. 1 & 2. New Hampshire has the weekend off and return to action Jan. 8-9 vs. Northeastern in Boston.

You can read previews for New Hampshire HERE and Holy Cross HERE.


Hockey East Cancels Games… Due to COVID testing date conflicts with the Boston University Women’s and Men’s teams returning to campus from the holiday break, each of their respective home-and-home series for this coming weekend have been cancelled. The women were set play New Hampshire and the Men vs. Northeastern.

Games Played Thus Far… In a quick scan of how the conference standings were matching up I began to notice how few games some teams have played. Of note, Wisconsin, Mercyhurst, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart, Vermont, and Northeastern have only played 2 games thus far. In contrast, New Hampshire has played the most with 9 followed by Providence, Boston College, and MSU-Mankato with 8 and Holy Cross & UCONN with 7. If memory serves, 10 games played will be the magic number for NCAA tournament consideration this year. Normally, that number of games is 20.

Yale Traditions… Yale is a school steeped in tradition and has more than three centuries of history. One of those traditions is our mascot – Handsome Dan. You saw him on our Christmas day post – the bulldog, a.k.a., Walter. Handsome Dan was the first known ‘Mascot’ of a college or university. There have been 18 Handsome Dan’s through the years… Want to follow Walter on Twitter or Instagram?Learn about Walter’s history and the tradition that is our beloved mascot Walter HERE.

Streaming Info

-Streams for games in the ECAC can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games in the ECAC.

-Streams in the WCHA can be found HERE for homes games at Bemidji, MSU-Mankato, MN-Duluth, and St. Cloud. Streams for home games at Minnesota, Ohio St., and Wisconsin can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games in the WCHA.

Streams in Hockey East this year can be found HERE and all streams FREE of charge for the 20-21 season.

-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. home games can be found HERE. Penn St. home game are streamed on the Big Ten Network + and can be found HERE.

Until Next Time… Have a great weekend everyone!


Post #22 – Friday 12/18/20


  • Weekend Schedule/Polls
  • Series Previews
  • SiftersYale’s Early Admissions Numbers

Weekend NCAA Schedule…

It’s a light schedule of games until Dec. 23rd, just 10 games. There is 1 weekend series postponed due to COVID: Ohio State @ Wisconsin. Here is the schedule as of 12/18/20 at 6:45am. Thursday had one contest–Bemidji and MSU-Mankato. The complete slate of games is below.

National Polls for the week of Dec 14…

What the Top 10 are up to…

The Polls… The USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 10 polls came out Monday. Both polls have some flip-flopping with Northeastern dropping a spot to #3 in the USCHO poll and #4 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. Providence moves up to #7 and Clarkson drops a spot to #8. Boston University has dropped out of both polls. Mercyhurst debuts in at #10 in the USCHO poll while Quinnipiac claims #10 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

Where Is The Top 10 This Week… Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio State, Colgate, MN-Duluth, Clarkson, Boston College, as well as Mercyhurst/Quinnipiac are all idle until play picks up after Christmas. The only two Top 10 teams to skate before the holiday break are Northeastern who takes on Holy Cross and Providence will host Maine. Ohio St. and consensus #1 Wisconsin were supposed to play in Madison, both games are postponed due to COVID.

Series Previews & Streaming Info

Bemidji & MSU-MankatoPreview
Merrimack & UCONNPreview
Maine & ProvidencePreview
Northeastern & Holy CrossPreview
New Hampshire & VermontVideo
Holy Cross & New HampshireComing

This time of year is always interesting to play games. Mid-December usually means exam time and this year shouldn’t be much different. While COVID has presented challenges with online classes, students are still facing end-of-semester work loads. Players’ attention is more divided than ever with so much going on. The challenge of staying focussed as a player becomes that much harder. End of semester fatigue is real and so is the stress that comes with it. These players will be ready for a much deserved break when games are done and they can go home.

Vermont is set to play its first games of the year vs. New Hampshire at home. Vermont was set to start earlier in November but its athletic administration decided to postpone things until now. With the exception of Sacred Heart, the five remaining teams in the NEWHA are still waiting to commence play which will take place after the holidays.

New Hampshire will host Holy Cross for one game on December 23rd. This usually is not the norm to play this late into December. Most teams finish up early after the first weekend or around mid-month due to exams or institutional rules. Never have we seen a game played so late in the month. Of course, this hasn’t been your normal year.

Streaming for each conference is listed below at the bottom of the page. All Hockey East games are streamed for FREE. ECAC, CHA, and WCHA are all paid subscription based services that require a fee to watch. We haven’t found a NEWHA streaming service for the conference yet. Please refer to each teams website for stream details.


Yale Receives Record Number of Early Action Applications … Around December 15th each year, Yale announces it admissions decisions for those who applied early action. This year – 837 students were admitted from a total number of 7,939 early action applications. That is just roughly a 10.5 acceptance rate and almost a 40% increase of total applications from the previous year. We had several players as a part of that group of 837 admitted students. We can’t wait to announce who they are–that will come soon!

You can read Yale’s official announcement on its early action pool HERE. Very interesting reading!

Streaming Info

-Streams for games in the ECAC can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games in the ECAC.

-Streams in the WCHA can be found HERE for homes games at Bemidji, MSU-Mankato, MN-Duluth, and St. Cloud. Streams for home games at Minnesota, Ohio St., and Wisconsin can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games in the WCHA.

Streams in Hockey East this year can be found HERE and all streams FREE of charge for the 20-21 season.

-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. home games can be found HERE. Penn St. home game are streamed on the Big Ten Network + and can be found HERE.

Until Next Time… Have a great weekend everyone!


Post #19 – 12/9/20

In This Post…

  • The Week Ahead
  • Catching Up Video Series – Junior Forward, Maya Kerfoot
  • Yale’s Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning

The Week Ahead…

19 games dot the NCAA schedule this week beginning Thursday, the most this season. Will all 19 be played? We shall see. It’s a relatively light week for our players at Yale with exams approaching, Reading days began Monday and the exam period is from Dec. 11-18. Due to Ivy/Yale rules, we’ll let those enrolled focus on finishing the semester strong and catch back up with everyone after exams are over on the 19th.

Some D-I men’s program are scheduling DIII teams to help fill their out schedule. Bowling Green and Lake Superior State have both played Adrian College, and this weekend MSU-Mankato will play MSOE–Milwaukee School of Engineering. Minnesota played Hamline last year in an exhibition game winning 9-0 and outshooting Hamline 47-13. You had one of the best in DI play one of the best in DIII. One has to wonder how much DI teams are going to get out of playing these type of games, COVID and all. Adrian College Head Coach Shawn Skelly did tell me this morning he is actively seeking DI teams to schedule if he can get them. We’ll keep an eye on this.

The last DI conference to make a season scheduling announcement–the New England Women’s Hockey Alliance–has announced it will play a modified season schedule beginning in January. You can read the official press release HERE. Schedules will be released by each NEWHA league member soon.

Catching Up With Junior Forward Maya Kerfoot…

Parents, you’re going to want to pay attention to this. Last week I had the chance to catch up via Zoom with one of our Junior Forwards, Maya Kerfoot, about her experience at Yale this Fall. Maya is from Mississauga, Ontario and played for the Mississauga in the PWHL before Yale. We talked about everything from academics/life on campus, to crossing the US/CAN border in late August, and what the big takeaway was for her now that the semester is winding down. You can watch the interview HERE.

Yale’s Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning

If you thought anyone who attends Yale doesn’t need academic support, you would be sorely mistaken. As in hockey, you want to get better at your game, you chat with your coaches, put together a plan, and put it into action. Same goes for academics. Enter Yale’s Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning. Yale University established the Center for Teaching and Learning in 2014 to support students and faculty across the campus. In alignment with President Peter Salovey’s goal of creating a “more unified Yale,” the new center consolidated the various teaching, tutoring, writing and technology-enabled learning programs distributed across the University.

This is the place if you need help. Tutoring in just about any class, help writing a paper, study groups–it has it all. As much as the students are supported, so to are their instructors. You can check out all of their services HERE. It’s quite impressive to say the least.

Until Next Time…


Post #16


  • TWICH – This Week In College Hockey: Weekend Video Highlights & Postgame
  • Yale is #1 When it Comes to Student-Athlete Graduation Success Rate

TWICH – This Week In College Hockey: Weekend Video Highlights

FRIDAY NOV. 27, 2020

Providence at BC — GM 1 Highlights

Providence at BC — GM 1 Postgame Reaction

Wisconsin at Ohio State — GM 1 Highlights

Wisconsin at Ohio State — GM 1 Postgame Reaction

RIT at Syracuse — GM 1 Highlights

RIT at Syracuse GM 1 Postgame Reaction – Syracuse Link

Minnesota at Duluth — GM 1 Highlights

Minnesota at Duluth GM 1 Postgame Reaction

MSU-Mankato at St. Cloud GM 1 Highlights

MSU-Mankato at St. Cloud GM 1 Postgame Reaction

SATURDAY NOV. 28, 2020

Boston College at Providence — GM 2 Highlights

Clarkson at Colgate GM 1 Highlights – (NONE)

Clarkson at Colgate GM 1 Postgame Reaction (None)

Wisconsin at Ohio St. — GM 2 Highlights

Wisconsin at Ohio State — GM 2 Postgame Reaction

Minnesota at Duluth GM 2 Highlights

Minnesota at Duluth GM 2 Postgame Reaction

MSU-Mankato at St. Cloud GM 2 Highlights

MSU-Mankato at St. Cloud GM 2 Postgame Reaction

SUNDAY NOV. 29, 2020

Lindenwood at Penn State GM 1 Highlights

Lindenwood at Penn State GM 1 Postgame Reaction – PSU Link

Monday Nov. 30, 2020

Clarkson at Colgate GM 2 Highlights

Clarkson at Colgate GM 2 Postgame Reaction – (NONE)

Lindenwood at Penn State GM 2 Highlights (NONE)

Lindenwood at Penn State GM 2 Postgame Reaction – PSU Link

Yale is #1 When it Comes to Student-Athlete Graduation Success Rate…

Each year the NCAA publishes a report on how often students graduate at each particular institution – otherwise known as the GSR or Graduation Success Rate. The Graduation Rates Institution Report gives graduation information about the most recent six-year graduating class of students and student-athletes who entered as freshmen in 2013-14. The graduation rate (percent) is based on a comparison of the number (N) of students who entered a college or university and the number of those who graduated within six years.

The women’s hockey program had a GSR of 100% along with 19 other Yale varsity athletic teams. You can read the full release HERE.

Kemp, Yale men’s player begins pro career after signing with the Edmonton Oilers.

And speaking of getting it done… kudos to men’s ice hockey player Phil Kemp who signed with the Edmonton Oilers this past week and will report to Vansby in Sweden. He will not only start his pro career this week, but finish his degree this Spring as well. You can read more on Kemp’s signing HERE.

Until next time…


Post #11


  • Fall Semester Winds Down
  • Academics – Understanding The Process at Yale
  • NCAA Weekend Slate of Games

Fall Semester Winds Down…

We are less than a week from Thanksgiving and today, our 3 remaining players along with Mark, Danielle, and myself will depart for home until Feb. 1st. I returned to campus this Wednesday as I normally do each and every week, to get my required COVID test. Coaches at Yale are tested once a week on Wednesday’s and overall Yale has done a good job keeping COVID at bay as compared to other Ivy schools. It was good to catch up with Mark and Danielle one last time. A little recruiting talk, a DI-DIII national coaches Zoom, a Yale assistant coaches call, and then bam! Fall semester over with. Yale and New Haven seemed like a ghost town.

I grabbed everything I could out my office as I prepare to hunker down for the next 10 weeks–recruiting folders, video computer, skates, stick, and a box of recently received Yale SWAG (SWAG Pic is below). On the drive home I replayed the past semester over in my head and it occurred to me how I was feeling. A bit blah to be honest. It’s hard to feel good about yourself and where you are in life, when you lose a bit of your purpose. The one thing we love as a staff is making our players better people and better players. This is our real purpose at Yale. That has been very hard to do this year.

Nice box of Yale SWAG waiting to be worn!

As I type this, I’m listening to Bruce Boudreau talk on The NHL Network about how stir-crazy he is going being at home and not having his normal hockey routine. I can totally relate. He mentioned living vicariously through his son who coaches in the ECHL. I will be doing the same this weekend watching other college teams play. Being home so much these past 8 months I am for sure driving my wife bonkers. She’s never had me home so much since we got together. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit jealous for all the NCAA coaches who are getting behind a bench soon. It’s been hard watching from afar. So I say this with all seriousness and sincerity, the mental struggle players and coaches are facing is real. If you’re playing or coaching — good for you on being able to get your fix. You are truly lucky. And to all those who are like us, rink-less and homebound, know you aren’t alone and that you will get through this in time. Come on Moderna and Pfizer!

As bleak as things seem, there does appear to be some light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. Recently announced is hope for two highly effective vaccines. Experts say ‘the average’ citizen could possibly get vaccinated by April. Should that be the case, life and college athletics we assume could get back to a more normal course of activity by next fall. But there is a lot that has to happen between now and then. In the short-term, we’ll work on staying connected with our team, planning for next season, and I will try to not drive my wife nuts.

Academics — Understanding The Process

We announced a 4-part series called ‘Understanding The Process’ to aid you coaches and parents with an understanding in certain areas of how we operate our program. Our first installment was how we go about player identification and evaluation. You can find that in Post #2. In our second installment below, we discuss how the academic evaluation and admissions process works.

To be blunt, very few athletes would be admitted on their own without the support of their head coaches in the admissions process. We’ll talk about that term ‘support’ later, it’s important. No knock against these athletes and their academic aptitude. Heck, there are people who have 4.0 GPA’s with perfect test scores and still don’t get into Yale. Athletes have different timelines and evaluation opportunities than normal students would. A word of caution… all information below is relative to our process at Yale and we cannot speak to how academics may work at other Ivy institutions.

The Academic Process

The academic process for our recruits has a few steps to it.

Step 1, Coaching Staff Academic Evaluation… for anyone we have a real interest in, we’ll ask for transcripts and test scores as early in the process as we can to see what type of student the player may be. It doesn’t matter how good of a hockey player someone is, if they aren’t close to having the grades/test scores we need, there’s no sense in moving ahead in the process. Does that mean someone in grade 9 with all B’s but hasn’t taken a SAT/ACT test yet get’s pushed aside? No, not at all. Provided we like what we see on a transcript, we’ll continue to evaluate the player on the ice even more closely.

Step 2, Athletic Admissions Pre-Read… Beginning July 1 between grade 11 and 12, under Ivy League admissions rules, we can submit a player’s academic file to be evaluated by our Yale admissions liaison for feedback to determine the likelihood of admissibility. Turnaround time is about 10-14 days. We’ll then communicate with the player how the pre-read came back and explain any next steps. These pre-reads are not for everyone though. Some get used for players who have already committed to our program, other for who we are seriously considering making offers to. Important to note, this is not the official admissions decision, just a first-glance from admissions at the transcript, grades, and future class schedule.

Step 3, Official Admissions Application Process & Supporting Head Coach Distinction Letter… The final step in officially becoming a Bulldog is for Coach Bolding to have the player officially submit her application to Yale. This is the part where Coach Bolding uses his ‘support’ for their candidacy in the application process. Yale has two application options for athletes – single choice early-action which requires applications to be complete by November 1s. Early action single-choice decisions are known no later than mid-December. Regular decision requires applications due by January 2nd. with decisions known no later than Mid-March. Generally speaking, coach Bolding will know of regular admission decisions in a few weeks after applications are submitted. Because we’re talking about athletes, there is no advantage/disadvantage to applying in the early or regular pool. Coach Bolding does advise each player when to submit their application and in which pool he wants them to apply for.

Coach Bolding’s support to each player comes in the form of a distinction letter he writes that is submitted on behalf of the player to the admissions committee. Think of the distinction letter as the mother-of-all recommendations. His letter ‘supports’ why we want and need this player as a part of or program and at Yale. Without this ‘support’ of head coaches, very few players, if any, would be admitted on their own merit. That’s why it is very important as you go through the process, to know if the coach is willing to ‘support’ your application.

A few things to keep in mind…

Players and parents often ask, what kind of grades and test scores do I need for Yale? Our answer… Players should shoot for high GPA’s, north of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale, or low 90’s and above for those on a % scale. If you have 1 or 2 C’s early in grade 9 or 10, you could still be okay. D’s and F’s though, is almost always a non-starter. SAT scores should be in the 1300’s and ACT’s in the high 20’s / low 30’s. Keep in mind the SAT is scored out of 1600 and ACT out of 36. GPA’s and test scores need to be close to these thresholds to have a shot. Mostly B’s and a 1150 or a 25 probably isn’t going to cut it.

One of the most important parts of the application process has to do with evaluating the transcript and determining the academic ‘rigor’ of the students course load… meaning did the student challenge herself or take easy classes? a 3.9/4.0 in cake-walk classes won’t hold as much weight as a 3.7/3.8 in honors and/or AP classes. You want to take the most challenging classes and achieve the kind of GPA’s mentioned above.

Equally as important are the several application short answer questions and the longer essay. Also heavily valued are the teacher and counselor recommendations. Have great grades and test scores but wrote a poor essay and submitted a teacher recommendation that says you are a smart kid but didn’t apply yourself? That is exactly the kind of combination that will get you denied. Write a coherent (and grammatically correct) essay that answers the question asked Also, really think about who you want to write your recommendation letters. Best to get one from a teacher where you did really well in their class and you know the teacher LOVES you and won’t sell you out.


Yale already knows you play hockey and are pretty good at it. Write about why Yale should be lucky to have you or an experience outside of hockey/sports that really articulates/shows who you are and the type of person Yale is getting. Match your personal values, dreams, aspirations with Yale’s resources and explain why Yale is such a good match!

NCAA Weekend Slate of Games…

In the absence of what would normally be a preview of our games for the coming weekend, we are going to give you this weekend’s NCAA women’s hockey schedule of games. Full recaps to follow next week.

Until next time… be well and stay safe!