COLUMBUS, Ohio – Seven members of the Ohio State women’s hockey team will be participating in national team summer development events for USA Hockey and Hockey Canada prior to the 2021 Women’s World Championships this month. Claire DeGeorge, Hadley Hartmetz, Jenna Buglioni, Jennifer Gardiner, Raygan Kirk, Amanda Thiele and Madisyn Wiebe join their respective countries’ development teams to learn and help prepare for the upcoming Women’s World Championships.
“There is no greater of an honor than representing your country’s colors on the national level and I am very impressed and excited for these young ladies,” Ohio Stat head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “It also demonstrates the growth and the depth of the Buckeye women’s hockey program this coming season. We are very excited to get such great players playing amongst one another.”
DeGeorge, Hartmetz and Thiele will skate for USA Hockey’s U23 team at the Women’s National Festival August 5-13 in Blaine, Minn. The festival, which will serve as a pre-camp for the U.S. Women’s National Team, is an annual event that brings the top female players in the country together from the U18 level to the current centralization roster. The teams will compete against each other in lieu of the typical series against Canada.
Jenna Buglioni, Jennifer Gardiner and Raygan Kirk are three of 40 athletes invited to participate in Hockey Canada’s BFL National Women’s Development Team Summer Camp. The Buckeyes will play in practices and intrasquad games at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, while also having the opportunity to scrimmage against Canada’s National Women’s Team. Madisyn Wiebe is one of 23 NextGen athletes invited to join the U18 Team Summer Development Camp.
DeGeorge, a graduate transfer from Bemidji State, has previously represented the United States on multiple occasions. As member of the U18 U.S. National Team, she won gold at the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation U-18 Women’s World Championship. She was also a member of the 2016 U18 Women’s Select Team at the U18 series vs. Canada and the 2018 U.S. U22 Women’s Select Team at the U22 series vs. Canada. In 2018, the Anchorage, Alaska native participated in the 2018 U.S. Women’s National Team Evaluation Camp. Most recently, she was invited to the Women’s National Team Evaluation Camp in March.
Hartmetz, who joins the Buckeyes this season as a junior, has represented the United States twice on international ice. She helped the Team USA U18 squad to a gold medal at the 2018 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship in Dmitrov, Russia. In 2019, she won a silver medal at the U18 World Championships with the team.
Thiele is a World Champion for Team USA, as she skated for the gold medal-winning 2020 U.S. U18 Women’s National Team at the U-18 World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. During the championships, she made two appearances, posting two clean slates in 1-0 and 2-0 wins over Russia. The Milford, Mich. Native also competed at the 2019 U18 Series vs. Canada as a member of the U18 Women’s Select Team.
Buglioni, a sophomore for Ohio State, is no stranger to international competition. In 2018, she competed for Team Canada at the 2020 U18 World Championships in Slovakia where she was named to the tournament all-star team. She helped Canada to a runner-up finish at the World Championships, scoring four points on one goal and three assists in five games.
“It’s a huge honor to be named to this camp with some of the best in the country,” Buglioni said. “I am super excited to get going and learn as much as I can from the resources around me. It’s always an honor to put the maple leaf on your chest and I’m proud to be part of U23 Hockey Canada this year.”
Jennifer Gardiner adds to her Canada Hockey resume in August after having played multiple outings with the U18 squad. In 2019, she was a member of the IIHF Women’s World Championship Canadian U18 team. In 2018, she was named to the National Women’s U18 Team Selection Camp.
“It is such an honor to play with and against some of the most talented female ice hockey players across the country,” Gardiner said. “I am more than grateful for the opportunity and I hope I can learn as many new things from my coaches and teammates.”
On the international stage, Kirk won gold with Team Canada at the 2019 IIHF U18 World Championships, starting all four games and earning tournament MVP honors. She was invited to the 2019 Team Canada Summer Showcase camp and had the distinction of being the youngest player to get that honor.
Wiebe, from North Vancouver, B.C., joins the development camp after attending Canada’s National Women’s U18 Team virtual summer camp last year. After being unable to participate in on-ice activities due to the pandemic, the team will practice and play games against both U18 camp teams this year.