Former Buckeyes Invited to Team Canada's Fall Camp
Two former Ohio State women's hockey greats will be back in camp for Team Canada this fall. Tessa Bonhomme and Natalie Spooner were chosen to be among 40 players invited by Hockey Canada to attend the National Women's Team September Camp/Fall Festival held Sept. 17-25 at Father Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary, Alberta.
Bonhomme (2004-2008) won gold with team Canada at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and has played a part in the national team program since 2004.
Bonhomme is fifth on the all-time scoring list at Ohio State with 128 career points, the most ever by a Buckeye defenseman. Her 86 career assists are third all-time. Bonhomme was a two-time finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award and was named a First-Team All-American in 2008. In 2010, she was selected first overall by the CWHL Toronto HC (now Furies) in the player selection draft.
Spooner graduated this summer after being with the Buckeyes since 2008. Spooner represented team Canada at the 2011 and 2012 IIHF World Championships and also at the 4 Nations Cup in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
Spooner was named a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award her senior season. She concluded her career at Ohio State on top of four program record lists. Along with her season goals record, she set the Ohio State career record in goals scored in January and finished her four years with 100. Spooner broke the program record in career goals vs. WCHA opponents on Oct. 14, 2011 and has 75 in her career. Her 163 career points ranks second all time in the program's history and her 16 game-winning goals over four years is a program best.
The fall camp will serve as an evaluation opportunity for Canada's National Women's Team coaching staff, led by head coach Dan Church (Toronto, Ont./York University, CIS). Following the camp, players will be monitored at international events, such as the 2012 4 Nations Cup in Finland, as well as with their club teams during the 2012-13 season. These evaluations will assist coaches and scouts in selecting the team that will represent Canada at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship in Ottawa, Ont., next April, and the players that will be centralized with Canada's National Women's Team in Calgary for the 2013-14 season, leading up to the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.