Rising junior earns her third spot on U-22 squad; will face Buckeye teammate Kelly Wild in series vs. USA

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Natalie Spooner, a junior-to-be on the Ohio State women’s hockey team, has been named to the Canadian Women’s Under-22 Team announced by Hockey Canada Sunday. It is the third Under-22 team for the Scarborough, Ontario, native who won gold with the 2009-10 squad at the MLP Cup last January in Germany.

Spooner is among 13 forwards picked for the team following the National Women’s Under-22 Team selection camp, which ran in conjunction with the National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp, August 7-15 in Toronto. Also attending the camp was classmate Laura McIntosh, who performed well against the tight competition among the forwards but was not chosen for the team.

The newly-selected National Women’s Under-22 Team will remain in Toronto for games against the United States’ Women’s Under-22 Select Team on August 18, 19 and 21 at the MasterCard Centre.

On the opposing Team USA will be fellow rising junior Kelly Wild. The defenseman from Mendota Heights, Ontario, was named to the U.S.’s Under-22 Team in June. Buckeye goaltender Chelsea Knapp, a sophomore-to-be from York, N.Y., also made the national squad but had to withdraw because of injury.

Following the series against the United States, Hockey Canada scouts and coaching staff for Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team will continue to evaluate players when they return to their club teams for the 2010-11 season, in order to decide who will represent Canada at the 2011 MLP Cup next January in Switzerland.