August 18, 2021

Buckeyes at the 2021 World Championships


COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State women’s hockey will be well represented at the upcoming 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championships with seven past and present Buckeyes participating in the tournament both on and off the ice.

Emma Maltais (Team Canada) and Andrea Braendli (Team Switzerland) represent two of 28 NCAA players competing at this year’s World Championships. Rising senior Braendli finished the 2020-21 season 11-7-0 with a .915 save percentage. A finalist for the HCA Goalie of the Year Award, she finished the season ranked 10th in win percentage among Division I goaltenders. A two-time All-American and Patty Kazmaier Award Top 10 Finalist, Maltais finished the 2020-21 season with 16 points on five goals and a team-high 11 assists. She plans to return to the Ohio State program for the 2022-23 season after centralizing with the Canadian National Team.

Natalie Spooner (‘12) joins Maltais and Team Canada, skating in her eighth world championships. She is an Olympic gold and silver medalist and is the first player to compete for Canada’s National Women’s Team, the National Women’s U22 Team and National Women’s U18 Team. A member of the 2019 Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame class, Spooner holds the Ohio State record for goals in a season (31), career goals (100) and career game-winning goals (16).

Jincy Dunne represents the United States as she makes her Women’s World Championship debut at the Women’s National Team level this weekend. Dunne, who lettered for the Buckeyes from 2017-20, has previously won two silver and one gold medal at the U-18 World Championships. The two-time WCHA Defensive Player of the Year and three-time All-American sits at the top of the Buckeye record book in postseason assists (6), career postseason points (12) and career postseason assists (11).

Minttu Tuominen (‘13) takes the ice for Finland in the tournament. She is a three-time Olympian and two-time Olympic bronze medalist. Tuominen, who played in 124 games for the Buckeyes and recorded 49 points on 16 goals and 33 assists, has been a member of the Finnish National Team since the 2008-09 season and has won three World Championships.

Besides those battling for a gold medal on the ice, Buckeye alumnae Tessa Bonhomme (‘08) and Emma Terho (‘04) take on the World Championships in off-ice roles.

Bonhomme joins TSN’s broadcast for the tournament as she will be hosting the network’s coverage from Calgary. Bonhomme, who made her TSN debut in 2014, was the first two-time All-American in program history and accompanies Maltais as a two-time Patty Kazmaier Award Top 10 Finalist. The 2008 WCHA Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year was a member of the Canadian National Team that won gold at the 2010 Olympics.

Terho, who was recently named the chairwoman of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, serves on the IIHF’s Women’s Committee. On the ice, she is a two-time Olympic and four-time Women’s World Championship bronze medalist as a member of the Finnish National Team. As a member of the Ohio State program from 2001-04, she earned the program’s first All-America honor in 2002. Terho is also a member of the Coordination Commission for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.

Starting Friday, the IIHF Women’s World Championships will be contested Aug. 20-31 in Calgary, Alberta at the WinSport Arena at Canada Olympic Park. Games will be broadcast on NHL Network and TSN.