Senior defenseman makes history following up second-team selection last season
COLUMBUS, Ohio Senior defenseman Tessa Bonhomme added to her list of Ohio State firsts Friday when she was named AHCA First Team All-America by the American Hockey Coaches Association. Bonhomme is the first Buckeye named to the first team and the first two-time All-America selection in program history after being named to the second team in 2007.
Bonhomme, the team captain from Sudbury, Ontario, led the NCAA in points per game by a defenseman with 1.29. Her 29 assists were the most by any defenseman in the nation and she tied for the top spot with 16 goals. Bonhomme finished 14th in the overall point per game rankings and was the only blueliner to rank in the Top 28. She also ranked seventh in the NCAA in assists with an average of 0.83 per game. Earlier this season, Bonhomme became the first Buckeye to be a two-time finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given to the top Division I women’s hockey player in the nation.
In the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, Bonhomme led all defenseman in scoring with 45 points, a 12-point margin over the next blueliner. She scored 36 of her points against conference opponents to rank third in scoring in league contests. For her efforts, Bonhomme earned the WCHA’s Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards, the first Ohio State student-athlete to receive either award. She is the second-highest scoring defenseman in the history of the WCHA with 128 points, just two shy of the record.
Bonhomme leaves Ohio State with her name atop several records, including points by a defenseman in a season (45, 2007-08) and in a career (128).
This is the third-consecutive year a Buckeye has been named AHCA All-America with forward Jana Harrigan receiving the award prior to Bonhomme in 2006. Former defenseman Emma Laaksonen was the first Ohio State student-athlete to receive the award in 2002.
2008 AHCA All-America Teams
Kim Martin, So., Minnesota Duluth (G, Stockholm, Sweden)
Tessa Bonhomme, Sr., Ohio State (D, Sudbury, Ontario)
Caitlin Cahow, Sr., Harvard (D, Branford, Conn.)
Meghan Agosta, So., Mercyhurst (F, Ruthven, Ontario)
Melissa Boal, Jr., Wayne State (F, Pakenham, Ontario)
Sarah Vaillancourt, Jr., Harvard (F, Sherbrooke, Quebec)
Christina Kessler, So., Harvard (G, Oakville, Ontario)
Martine Garland, Sr., New Hampshire (D, Toronto, Ontario)
Annie Guay, Sr., St. Lawrence (D, Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec)
Gigi Marvin, Jr., Minnesota (F, Warroad, Minn.)
Sabrina Harbec, Sr., St. Lawrence (F, St. Hubert, Quebec)
Dominique Thibault, So., Connecticut (F, L’Orignal, Ontario)