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Tessa Bonhomme
Senior – Defenseman – Sudbury, Ontario
Team Captain – Speech and Hearing Major

Top 10 Finalist for the 2008 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award
All-America Candidate

The first Buckeye to be a two-time finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award recognizing the top Division I women’s hockey player after being named to the Top 10 in 2007
2008 WCHA Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, the first Buckeye to receive either award
Named 2008 First Team All-WCHA to follow her 2007 first team selection. She is the first Ohio State player to be a two-time first team honoree
Has led the NCAA in defensemen points per game throughout the 2007-08 season, currently atop the category with 1.29
The only defenseman to rank in the Top 30 in the NCAA in overall points per game and has a 12-point margin over the rest of the defensemen in the nation
Leads all defensemen in the NCAA with 16 goals and 29 assists and is ranked 10th in the nation with 0.83 assists per game
Ranks in the Top 4 in six categories in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, including fourth in overall points (45), third in assists (29) and seventh in power-play points (16)
With 45 points, leads all defensemen in the WCHA in scoring by 13 points. She is the only defenseman with over 20 assists and leads all blueliners with 16 goals
Set the Ohio State single-season record for points by a defenseman with 45 points, breaking the previous record set in the 2000-01 season
Holds the Ohio State career record for points by a defenseman with 128. She ranks third in career scoring overall and second in career assists with 86
 Ranks second all-time in defenseman scoring in the WCHA
Has 15 multiple-point games this season
Named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week three times (Nov. 6, Nov. 13, Jan. 8)
Captains the Buckeyes this season after being a co-captain as a junior

“Tessa is a passionate, tenacious defenseman and a difference-maker on the ice. She is an outstanding skater and possesses incredible offensive skills as a defenseman. As the team captain, she is a strong leader on and off the ice. Her skills and vision on the ice set her apart from others.”
— Jackie Barto, Ohio State head coach

Bonhomme Articles
02/09/2008 – Bonhomme Makes Her Music At Hockey Rinks (Buckeye Sports Bulletin)
02/05/2008 – Bonhomme Answers Encore (USA Hockey “Kaz Watch”)

Previous Awards and Honors:
American Hockey Coaches Association Second Team All-America (2007) … 2007 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top 10 finalists (2007) … First Team All-WCHA (2007) … Third Team All-USCHO (2007) … WCHA All-Tournament Team (2007) … six-time WCHA Defensive Player of the Week … first Buckeye to be named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team (2004) …. team’s Most Valuable Defensive Player (2005) … team’s Most Valuable Freshman (2004).

Team Canada Experience:
Member of the Canadian National Team that won the 2006 Four Nations Cup and 2007 IIHF World Women’s Championship … three-time member of the Canadian Under-22 team … redshirted the 2005-06 season while participating with the Canadian Centralization Program in preparation for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.

03/06/2008 – 2007-08 Individual Game-by-Game Statistics

Career Statistics

SEASON GP G A Pts Shots Shot% Pen Min +/- PPG SHG GWG
2003 34 5 15 20 107 .047 17 34 -10 4 0 1
2004 30 7 20 27 106 .066 29 58 +3 3 0 1
2006 33 14 22 36 137 .102 30 68 +9 6 0 4
2007 35 16 29 45 166 .096 23 46 +10 7 2 1
TOTAL 132 42 86 128 516 .081 99 206 +12 20 2 7