Challenge airs live at 9 p.m. (ET) as part of 2008 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four in Denver
COLUMBUS, Ohio Tessa Bonhomme, a senior defenseman on the Ohio State women’s hockey team, will compete in the NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge Friday night on ESPNU. The event will be held at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., as part of the 2008 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four. Bonhomme, of Sudbury, Ontario, is the third Buckeye to compete in the three-year old event featuring men’s and women’s hockey players from Division I and III levels competing in various hockey skills.

The Skills Challenge begins at 7 p.m. (MT) and will be preceded by the presentation of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award at 5:30 p.m., and the Hockey Humanitarian Award at 6:05 p.m. The Frozen Four Skills Challenge and the Hobey Baker Award will both be shown live on ESPNU.

The competition is conducted in an East vs. West format with each team having six male position players, six female position players, two male goaltenders and two female goaltenders. The players were selected by representatives from the American Hockey Coaches Association, the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee and NCAA national office staff. The competitions will include puck control relay, fastest skater, hardest shot, rapid fire shooting, accuracy shooting and penalty shot.

Bonhomme made Ohio State history as a senior, becoming the first Buckeye to be named AHCA First Team All-America, WCHA Player of the Year and WCHA Defensive Player of the Year. She was also the first Buckeye to be a two-time First Team All-WCHA selection. She set the Ohio State record for defenseman scoring in a season and in a career and concluded her career as the second-highest scoring defenseman in the history of the WCHA with 128 points.

Former Buckeye goaltender Erika Vanderveer (2007) and forward Jana Harrigan (2006) have also participated in the Skills Challenge.