Oct. 27, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State defenseman Tessa Bonhomme was one of 20 players selected to represent Canada in the 2004 Four Nations Cup Nov. 10-14 in Lake Placid, N.Y., and Burlington, Vt. Bonhomme is the first Buckeye to be selected to compete for the Canadian National Team and the second Ohio State player to participate in the round-robin tournament. Former Buckeye Emma Laaksonen (2001-04) competed for Finland in the Four Nations Cup all four years of her Ohio State career.

The Canadian roster announcement follows the seven-day Team Canada Thanksgiving Festival Oct. 4-10 in Kitchener, Ontario, and represents the first step in an ongoing evaluation process for Canada’s National Women’s Team leading to the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.

OSU’s Bonhomme made her presence felt at the Canada Thanksgiving Festival, scoring one goal and assisting on four. Bonhomme led her team (Canada White) to the gold medal as she recorded a goal and a helper to earn player of the game honors in the title game.

Canada’s roster includes nine 2002 Olympic gold medalists as well as 15 players who have previously been a part of Canada’s National Under-22 Women’s program. Three players, including Ohio State’s Bonhomme, will be making their international debuts with Canada’s National Women’s Team.

Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United States compete in the round-robin tournament that has been held for the last eight years beginning in 1996.

Melody Davidson, Canada’s National Women’s Team head coach, announced Canada’s roster is a development and evaluation roster. Over the next two seasons, Canada’s roster will change event to event as the coaching staff continues to evaluate players for the 2005 IIHF World Women’s Hockey Championship and the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.

Bonhomme was the first Buckeye to be named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team as she led OSU’s freshman class and tied for third on the team with 20 points (5-15) last season. The Sudbury, Ontario, native finished her freshman campaign tied for 16th in the nation among defensemen and tied for 24th among freshmen, averaging .59 points per game.

2004 Four Nations Cup Schedule Wednesday, Nov. 10 4 p.m. – Sweden vs. Canada Lake Placid, N.Y. 7:30 p.m. – USA vs. Finland Lake Placid, N.Y.

Thursday, Nov. 11 7 p.m. – USA vs. Canada Burlington, Vt. 7 p.m. – Finland vs. Sweden Lake Placid, N.Y.

Saturday, Nov. 13 1 p.m. – Canada vs. Finland Lake Placid, N.Y. 4 p.m. – USA vs. Sweden Lake Placid, N.Y.

Sunday, Nov. 14 11:30 a.m. – Bronze Medal Game Lake Placid, N.Y. 2:30 p.m. – Gold Medal Game Lake Placid, N.Y.