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Bonhomme, a defenseman from 2004-08, was league’s Player of the Year last season
 
COLUMBUS, Ohio
Former Buckeye defenseman Tessa Bonhomme of the Ohio State women’s hockey team has been named to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s “Top 10 Players of the First 10 Years.” The list released Thursday was compiled in conjunction with the conference’s 10th anniversary during the 2008-09 season.

“In a decade that has seen such tremendous development and growth of our sport, we salute our 10 best players,” Sara R. Martin, WCHA Associate Commissioner, said. “These outstanding young women have made a significant impact on the history of this league and also left a lasting impression on the game of ice hockey itself.”

Bonhomme, who was two-time captain of the Buckeyes and played from 2004-08, concluded her career as Ohio State’s first First Team All-America selection by the American Hockey Coaches Association last year. The native of Sudbury, Ontario, also was the first Buckeye to be named the WCHA’s Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. She earned both as a senior after leading the NCAA in defenseman scoring.

Bonhomme concluded her career as the second-highest scoring defenseman in the WCHA with 128 points, just two shy of the record. She was a Second Team All-America honoree as a junior and was Ohio State’s first two-time finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given to the top Division I women’s hockey player in the nation. Bonhomme also was the first Buckeye to be a two-time First Team All-WCHA pick and first to be named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team.

Joining Bonhomme on the WCHA’s “Top 10 Players of the First 10 Years” list are Sara Bauer (forward, Wisconsin), Ronda Curtin (defenseman, Minnesota), Natalie Darwitz (forward, Minnesota), Molly Engstrom (defenseman, Wisconsin), Caroline Ouellette (forward, Minnesota Duluth), Jenny Schmidgall Potter (forward, Minnesota Duluth/Minnesota), Maria Rooth (forward, Minnesota Duluth), Jessie Vetter (goaltender, Wisconsin) and Krissy Wendell (forward, Minnesota.)