March 20, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey program will be well represented at the 2013 IIHF Women’s World Championships in Ottawa, Ontario, April 2-9.
Senior forward Minttu Tuominen will skate for Team Finland. The Espoo, Finland, native will be competing in her third IIHF Women’s World Championships. Last season she helped lead Finland to a bronze medal at the world championships and also has a bronze medal from the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. This season Tuominen had a career-best 19 points on six goals and 13 assists. She finished her collegiate career with 49 points in 124 games for the Scarlet and Gray.
Former Buckeyes Natalie Spooner (2009-12) and Tessa Bonhomme (2004-08) will represent Team Canada at the championships. Spooner is the all-time leader in goals-scored at Ohio State with 100 and is second all-time for career scoring at OSU with 163 points. Bonhomme is the all-time leader at OSU for points by defensemen with 128 career points. Both Spooner (2012) and Bonhomme (2007, 2008) are former Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top-10 Finalists.
The U.S. Women’s National Team is expected to announce its final roster for the IIHF Women’s World Championship on March 30. Team USA is holding its preliminary training camp March 25-31 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. The preliminary 28-player roster, which will be cut down to 23, includes former Ohio State defensemen Lisa Chesson (2005-08). Chesson is fourth on the OSU all-time list for points by defensemen with 89 career points.
For more information, including a complete schedule of the 2013 IIHF Women’s World Championships, visit http://www.iihf.com/competition/339/format.html.