Feb. 22, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior defenseman Tessa Bonhomme of the nationally-ranked Ohio State women’s hockey team has been named to the Team Canada roster for the 2007 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Women’s Championship, Hockey Canada announced Thursday. Bonhomme, a native of Sudbury, Ontario, is one of six current U.S. college student-athletes on the roster and the only player from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The World Women’s Championship will take place in April 3-10 in Winnipeg and Selkirk, Manitoba.

“It’s an honor to put on the Canada jersey and it will be an exciting tournament,” Bonhomme said. “Not many people get to represent their country and I look forward to the experience, especially playing in front of the home fans.”

The selection to Team Canada follows the announcement Monday Bonhomme is a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top 10 Finalist for the top student-athlete in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey.

“Tessa has had an outstanding season for the Buckeyes,” Jackie Barto, Ohio State head women’s hockey coach said. “She is a strong force in the defensive zone and generates a tremendous amount of offense with her skills, skating ability and vision on the ice. We are very proud that she will be representing Team Canada at the World Championships.”

Bonhomme, a captain for the Buckeyes in the 2006-07 season, ranks among the top defensemen in the NCAA this season. She is third in scoring in the NCAA blueliners with 1.13 points per game and fourth overall in defenseman scoring in the WCHA with 34 points. Her 14 goals lead all WCHA defensemen and are tied for the second-most by any blueliner in the nation. Bonhomme has tallied 20 of her points with the man-advantage, anchoring Ohio State’s power play and penalty kill units. She has nine multiple-point games this season and only nine times in 30 games played has she been held without a point.

A three-time member of Canada’s Under-22 team, Bonhomme redshirted the 2005-06 season while participating with the National Women’s Team Centralization Program in preparation for the 2006 Winter Olympics. She just missed the cut for the final roster as one of the last two players released for the program. Bonhomme has played with the National Women’s Team in two Four Nations Cups, most recently helping Team Canada to its ninth championship in the tournament in November 2006.

The 20-person roster includes 17 gold medalists from the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, as well as 17 players with World Championship experience. Bonhomme is one of six defensemen on the team that includes 12 forwards and two goaltenders as well. Two alternate defensemen and an alternate goaltender round out the roster.