Senior Minttu Tuominen.
Nov. 7, 2012
Ohio State women's hockey senior forward Minttu Tuominen and junior defenseman Annie Svedin, along with former Buckeyes Lisa Chesson, Tessa Bonhomme and Natalie Spooner are representing their respective countries at the 2012 Four Nations Cup this week, in Vantaa and Kerava, Finland.
Tuominen will be representing Team Finland, while Svedin is skating with Team Sweden. Chesson is with Team USA, while Bonhomme and Spooner are with Team Canada.
The Four Nations Cup brings together the top four women's hockey countries in the world - Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United States - for the international tournament.
“In my first tournament I was young and still just learning a lot. This year I will be one of the more experienced players on Team Finland and I look forward to that experience,” Tuominen said.
Tuominen and Svedin, competing in their fourth and third Four Nations Cup respectively, each have 11 points this season for the Buckeyes on three goals and eight assists.
“It’s always a tough tournament with great teams,” Svedin said. “It’s a little weird playing against teammates but I am always happy when I get to play with Team Sweden. I have a lot of great friends on the team.”
Chesson served as an assistant captain for the Buckeyes in 2007-08 and picked up her third All-WCHA honor of her career, being named to the second team after previous back-to-back third-team nods. She completed her career with 89 points to stand ninth all-time in the OSU record books and fourth in defenseman scoring. She totaled 27 goals and 62 assists in her four seasons and ranks seventh in power play points with 47.
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 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 2012 Four Nations Cup runs from Nov. 6-10. The Buckeyes have this week off before returning to action Nov. 16-17 against Wisconsin. The games, each scheduled for 2:07 p.m., will be played in Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center. Ohio State is off to a 9-3-0 start to the season, 7-3-0 in the WCHA.