December 29, 2017

Buckeye Alumna Natalie Spooner Makes Canadian Olympic Team


Dec. 29, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State University women’s ice hockey alumna Natalie Spooner is among the 23 players chosen by Hockey Canada to represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea in February.

Spooner looks to earn back-to-back gold medals after winning the gold as part of the Canadian team in the 2014 Sochi games.

The Scarborough, Ontario native played in 128 games for the Buckeyes, and features prominently in the program record book. Spooner is the only 100-goal scorer in program history, finishing her career with 100 goals. She finished second in all-time points with 163 and second in power-play-goals with 33.

“Natalie is one of the most unique and prestigious hockey players in the world, I’m grateful that she’s an alum of The Ohio State University,” OSU Head Coach Nadine Muzerall said. “Sadly I never got a chance to coach her, but I did coach against her and I got an up-close view of how lethal is. It’s humbling, not just for us coaches, but for the players as well, to look up and see her picture in our rink representing both Canada and the Buckeyes. All of us here with Ohio State women’s ice hockey wish her well and, as a Canadian myself; we hope she brings home the gold.”

In her final season wearing the scarlet and gray, 2012, Spooner earned American Collegiate Hockey Association Second Team All-American honors, and finished as a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award.

Canada’s 2018 Women’s Olympic Hockey Team will begin pursuit of the country’s fifth-straight Olympic gold medal with its PyeongChang opener, set for Sunday, Feb. 11 against Russia at the Kwandong Hockey Centre.