Dec. 17, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jackie Barto, Ohio State women’s ice hockey head coach, announced the first two recruits for the 2005-06 freshman class Thursday. Kelly Cahill and Hayley Klassen signed NCAA National Letters of Intent to attend The Ohio State University and play hockey beginning with the 2005-06 season.

“We are excited to have signed two student-athletes in the early signing period,” Barto said. “Both Kelly and Hayley are outstanding individuals and committed to being successful student-athletes. They will make strong contributions to our program both on and off the ice.”

Cahill, a native of Farmington Hills, Mich., is in her second season as a defenseman for the Honeybaked Under-19 team under head coach John Vivian. The teams she has competed on have won the state title five times in their last six appearances. This season, Cahill serves as team captain on the Honeybaked team. She attended the USA Olympic Development Camp in 2002 and 2004. Cahill’s honors include being named the most valuable player at the 2000 Silversticks Tournament. In addition to hockey, Cahill participated in softball as a freshman at North Farmington High School.

“I am really excited to come to Ohio State,” Cahill said. “I made my decision after visiting the campus and had a really good feeling about the situation. I also met the coaches and players and really felt at home.”

“We are pleased to have Kelly become a Buckeye,” Barto said. “She is a smooth-skating defenseman with excellent footwork. She has good vision on the ice and can create offense. She plays with a tremendous amount of energy and aggressiveness and will make an immediate impact with our program.”

Klassen, a native of Warman, Saskatchewan, is a two year letterwinner at the College of Notre Dame and is serving as a co-captain of the Hounds this season. The forward, who stands at 5-foot-7-inches, assisted her team to a 2003-04 provincial championship title. Klassen played in the 2003 Canada Winter Games for Team Saskatchewan, which won the bronze medal. She also will participate in the 2005 Women’s Under-18 Hockey Challenge in January as an assistant captain of Under-18 Team Saskatchewan. Last season, Klassen assisted her team to a Western Canadian Shield championship title. Aside from hockey, Klassen also excelled in soccer and rugby at Notre Dame, which both won provincial titles in 2003-04. “Hayley is a strong skating forward with good speed and quickness,” Barto said. “She makes a strong contribution in all three zones and has the ability to create offense. She also has a good sense for the game and an outstanding work ethic.”