Aug. 8, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s hockey defenseman Tessa Bonhomme and forward Raelyn LaRocque were invited to participate in Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Development and Selection Camp, Hockey Canada has announced. The camp includes 40 players and will be held Aug. 13-27 in Ottawa, Ontario. Bonhomme and LaRocque both are members of Team Red.

The participants are divided into two teams that will compete in a mini tournament with Finland’s National Women’s Team. At the conclusion of the camp, a roster of 22 players will be selected to play against the U.S. National Women’s Under-22 Team in a three-game series at the University of Ottawa, Aug. 24, 25 and 27. Buckeye defenseman Lisa Chesson (Plainfield, Ill./Chicago Mission) is attending the U.S. Under-22 camp.

The players invited to the camps were identified by Hockey Canada Head Scout Wally Kozak and Canada’s National Under-22 Head Coach Peter Smith. The roster features two members of the Canadian National Team, Meghan Agosta and Sarah Vaillancourt, who won the gold medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics. Thirteen of the 20 gold medalists on the 2006 Olympic team started their international careers with the Under-22 program.

Bonhomme (Sudbury, Ontario/Sudbury Lady Wolves) redshirted the 2005-06 collegiate season while taking part in the Canadian Centralization Program and training with the Canadian National Team. She is a two-time member of the Canadian Under-22 team and most recently competed with the team Jan. 3-7 in an international round-robin tournament in Germany. Bonhomme captained that squad and helped lead it to a 3-1 record. Already the fourth-highest scoring defenseman in OSU history, she will return to the Buckeyes this year for her third season.

LaRocque (The Pas, Manitoba/Edmonton Chimos) will join the OSU team for the 2006-07 season and previously player for the Chimos of the Western Women’s Hockey League from 2004-06. During the most recent season, LaRocque played in 21 games as a defenseman and scored five goals and seven points. The team finished second in the WWHL. In 2005, LaRocque was named to the WWHL All-Star team as a forward. She also is a two-time member of Team Manitoba (2002, `03) and competed with the squad in the 2003 Canadian Winter Games.