April 8, 2017
Plymouth, Mich.— The 2017 IIHF World Championships are in the books and Ohio State women’s hockey made its mark on and off the ice.
Former players Natalie Spooner and Minttu Tuominen both earned medals playing for Canada and Finland, respectively, while Annie Svedin also competed for Sweden. Current director of operations Nick Laurila served as Team USA’s video coach during the team’s run to a gold medal and former Buckeye Tessa Bonhomme provided coverage for TSN.
Team USA and Canada met in the championship game for the 18th time, in which Spooner earned a silver medal. She served as an alternate captain for her home country and notched a goal and two assists over the course of the tournament. Both of her helpers came in the team’s semifinal matchup against Finland, a 4-0 win for Canada. Tuominen and Finland defeated Germany in the bronze medal game 8-0; the former Buckeye added an assist in the victory, one of 15 Finnish skaters to register a point in the big win. She had three assists during the tournament and was +5 on the ice, Top 5 among all defensemen. Playing in five games for Sweden, Svedin tallied an assist on the game-winning goal in her team’s win over the Czech Republic.
Off the ice, Laurila again provided his services as USA Hockey’s video coach, a position he has held since 2014. 2016-17 was his first season in Columbus as Ohio State’s director of operations.
Bonhomme made her debut at TSN in 2014 and provided coverage for the Canadian sports channel throughout the 2017 World Championships. As a player she helped Canada medal five times at World Championships, including a pair of golds in 2007 and 2012. A two-time All-American and Patty Kazmaier Top 10 finalist, Bonhomme was the 2008 WCHA Player of the Year and is sixth on Ohio State’s all-time scoring list with 128 points.