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Buckeye forwards traveling to Toronto to vie for spot on U-22 roster

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Laura McIntosh and Natalie Spooner, who are juniors-to-be on the Ohio State women’s hockey team, are among 36 skaters invited to the Canadian National Women’s Under-22 Team Selection Camp held August 6-15 at the Mastercard Centre in Toronto.

McIntosh and Spooner are both forwards and were voted assistant captains of the Buckeyes for the upcoming 2010-11 season. The pair of Ontario natives already ranks among the top scorers in Ohio State women’s hockey history – McIntosh with 84 points and Spooner with 74 points. Spooner, from Scarborough, is vying for her third U-22 team while McIntosh, from Waterloo, is in the hunt for her first.

The National Women’s Under-22 Team selection camp will see the 36 skaters divided into two teams – Blue and Yellow – which will take part in practices and intersquad games. Spooner is on the Blue team and McIntosh is on the Yellow team. The camp will be held in conjunction with the National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp, and will see the U22 teams take on teams of U18 hopefuls – Red and White.

Players were selected to be part of the selection camp based on evaluations done by Hockey Canada regional scouts during the 2009-10 season. These evaluations included performances with Canada’s national team, under-18 and under-22 programs and their club teams, along with the National Women’s Under-22 Team strength and conditioning camp in May in Calgary, among other criteria.

The attendees are eligible to represent Canada at the 2011 MLP Cup in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland in early January. Canada has won the tournament seven times in eight years, losing just two games. Hockey Canada will use the camp to select 22 players for a three-game series against the United States’ Women’s Under-22 Select Team on August 18, 19 and 21 in Toronto.