September 6, 2018

Maltais and Spooner Heading to Hockey Canada Fall Festival


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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Emma Maltais and Buckeye legend Natalie Spooner are set to travel to Dawson Creek, British Columbia for the Hockey Canada Fall Festival running from September 8-16, Hockey Canada announced on Wednesday.

Maltais shined bright during the Canada/United State Under-22 series in Calgary last month, notching a goal and an assist in the three-game series. During her freshman season Maltais tallied 40 points from 16 goals and 24 assists, tied for the third highest point total by a freshman in program history. She finished the season with the second highest point total in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, and tied for the second most assists.

“This is an unbelievable feeling,” Maltais said. “I’ve never been to a senior camp before so this is my first taste of what it’s like to really play and train with the best players from Canada. Getting a chance to continue the work I’ve been doing both here at OSU and with the Under-22 Canadian team is exciting.”

Spooner, a two-time Olympic medalist, needs no introduction. The only Buckeye with 100 career goals, Spooner finished her career with 163 points, good for second all-time in the scarlet and gray. She earned a gold medal with Canada in the 2014 Winter Olympics, and brought home silver earlier this year.

The Fall Festival will see national team prospects split into two squads – Team Red and Team White – to train and compete against each other as well as against local teams over their six-day stay in the Peace Region.

The 2018-19 season will see Canada’s National Women’s Team face off against Finland, Sweden, and the United States on home ice Nov. 6-10 when Saskatoon hosts the 4 Nations Cup, and culminate with the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship, April 4-14, in Espoo, Finland. Rosters will be announced in the lead-up to those respective events.