COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior Natalie Spooner, former Buckeye Tessa Bonhomme and freshman Annie Svedin of the Ohio State women’s hockey team were selected to represent their respective countries at the 2011 IIHF World Women’s Championships April 16-25 in Switzerland. Spooner and Bonhomme are set to compete for Team Canada, while Svedin will represent Team Sweden.
Spooner, a Scarborough, Ontario, native led the Buckeyes during the 2010-11 season with a team-high 26 goals which ranked fifth overall in the conference. Spooner netted her 20th goal Jan. 22 and became just the second Buckeye to have three-20 goal seasons in her career. She now is second on the all-time career goals list with 69 to her credit in three seasons at Ohio State. The Buckeye forward, who tallied a team-high 39 points in 2010-11, had eight multiple-goal performances and posted two or more points 14 times in 29 games played. For her efforts this season, Spooner was named to the All-WCHA second team.
Svedin, who hails from Soraker, Sweden, competed in 29 of the Buckeyes’ 36 games at defense this past season. She has previously played with the Swedish National Team at the 2009 Hockey Canada Cup in Vancouver in September 2009. Svedin was a member of the national squad that won the bronze at the 2009 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship.
Bonhomme, a letterwinner from 2004-08, recently won an Olympic gold medal as a part of the 2010 Canadian National Team in Vancouver. As a Buckeye, the Sudbury, Ontario, product earned AHCA All-America first team honors in 2008 and was named WCHA Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year that same season.