Aug. 31, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s hockey defenseman Tessa Bonhomme and former Buckeye forward Jana Harrigan have been invited to attend the Canadian National Hockey Team Fall Festival, Hockey Canada announced Wednesday. Bonhomme and Harrigan are two of 57 of Canada’s top female hockey players who will attend the festival Sept. 2-10 in Kenora, Ontario.

The invitees are competing for positions on Canada’s National Women’s Team roster for events during the 2006-07 season, including the 2006 Four Nations Cup and the 2007 IIHF World Women’s Championship. The coaching and scouting staff will also evaluate and identify players for upcoming seasons leading up to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The players at the festival will be divided into three teams by the coaching staff and will play in a series of inter-squad games. The list of invited players, including 18 Olympic goal medalists from the 2006 Winter Games, was compiled by Wally Kozak, the head scout of the National Women’s Team, in collaboration with regional scouts. A total of six goaltenders, 18 defensemen and 33 forwards will attend.

Bonhomme (Sudbury, Ontario/Sudbury Lady Wolves) redshirted the 2005-06 season while taking part in the Canadian Centralization Program and training with the Canadian National Team. She is a three-time member of the Canadian Under-22 team and most recently competed with the team Aug. 24-27 in a three-game series against the U.S. Under-22 team. Already the fourth-highest scoring defenseman in OSU history, she will return to the Buckeyes this year for her junior season.

Harrigan (Burlington, Ontario/Mississauga Jr. Chiefs) concluded her Ohio State career in 2005-06 as the program’s all-time leading scorer. An AHCA Second Team All-America and First Team All-WCHA honoree, Harrigan scored 23 goals and totaled 47 points to finish tied for eighth in the nation in total points last season. She earned the team’s Offensive MVP Award the last three seasons and played in every career game. Harrigan ranks first or second in five career statistical categories in the Ohio State record book.