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Aug. 22, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State defenseman Tessa Bonhomme has been selected for Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team, Hockey Canada announced Monday. Bonhomme, a native of Sudbury, Ontario, is one of 22 players chosen for the 2006-07 roster and is making her third appearance on the team. She is one of 13 returning players from the 2005-06 U-22 squad.

The roster announcement came after a seven-day development camp held in Ottawa, Ontario, attended by 40 of the top Canadian players aged 22 years or younger. The camp consisted of a double round-robin tournament between three teams: Team Canada Red, Team Canada White and Team Finland. Included in the camp invitees was incoming Ohio State freshman Raelyn LaRocque (The Pas, Manitoba/Edmonton Chimos), who missed the cut for the final roster.

Bonhomme redshirted the 2005-06 season while taking part in the Canadian Centralization Program and training with the Canadian National Team. She is a two-time member of the Canadian Under-22 team and most recently competed with the team Jan. 3-7 in an international round-robin tournament in Germany. Bonhomme captained the squad and helped lead it to a 3-1 record. Already the fourth-highest scoring defenseman in OSU history, she will return to the Buckeyes this year for her junior season.

Bonhomme and the other members of Canada’s National U-22 team will face the U.S. National U-22 team in a three-game series Aug. 24-27 at the University of Ottawa. Junior Buckeye defenseman Lisa Chesson (Plainfield, Ill./Chicago Mission) attended the U.S. National Women’s U-22 camp but did not make the final roster.