Aug. 5, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s ice hockey players Meaghan Mulvaney, Tessa Bonhomme and Shelby Aldous will compete at National Under-22 camps in the USA and Canada. Senior Mulvaney was one of 63 athletes selected to participate at the 2004 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival to be held Aug. 15-22 in Lake Placid, N.Y. Sophomore Bonhomme and incoming freshman Aldous were selected to compete at Canada’s National Under-22 Selection Camp Aug. 15-21 in Waterloo, Ontario.
Mulvaney, a native of Sylvania, Ohio, will represent the Buckeyes on Team White. Participants in the USA festival are divided into three teams (Red, White and an Under-22 Select Team) which will participate in daily practices and compete in a round-robin tournament at the Olympic Center. Digit Murphy (Providence, R.I.) will serve as head coach for Team Red, Jeff Kampersal (Princeton, N.J.) will lead Team White and Alana Blahoski (St. Paul, Minn.) will serve as head coach for the Under-22 Team. Following the festival, the Under-22 Select Team will compete in a three-game series vs. Canada’s Under-22 Team Aug. 25-28 in Lake Placid, N.Y., and Burlington, Vt.
Mulvaney finished second on the Buckeye squad with 23 points and 11 goals last season. The senior scored the Buckeyes’ lone shorthanded goal of the season and posted two game-winning goals. Mulvaney plays a vital part of Ohio State’s penalty killing unit, which finished eighth in the nation (130-for-148; 87.8 percent) in 2003-04. She also is a two-time recipient of the Scarlet and Gray Award, which is presented annually by the off ice officials crew to OSU’s most intense competitor, and a two-time honoree of the team’s Seventh Player Award.
At the conclusion of the Canadian camp a roster of 22 players will be chosen to make up the Canadian National Under-22 Team, which will compete against the USA Under-22 Team.
Entering her sophomore year, Bonhomme (Sudbury, Ontario) had an impressive freshman campaign last season. She finished tied for 16th in the nation among defensemen in scoring and tied for 24th among freshmen averaging .59 points per game. In league competition, Bonhomme was tied for fifth among freshmen and seventh among defensemen with 13 points. She also led the Buckeye freshman class with 20 points (5-15). For her accomplishments, she was the first Buckeye to be named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team.
Aldous, a native of LaSalle, Ontario, is an incoming freshman at Ohio State this season. She previously competed on the Windsor Wildcats Midget team for three years. She assisted the Wildcats to a gold medal at the 2003 Canada Winter Games, where she finished second on her team and ninth overall with nine points (three goals and six assists). Aldous has received several accolades including being named the 2003-04 Royal Arcanum Female Athlete of the Year in Essex County and a two-time Athlete of the Year at Sandwich Secondary School (2003 and ’04)