Nov. 1, 2016

WCHA Release

Columbus, Ohio— Three former Ohio State women’s hockey players will be competing in the 2016 Four Nations Cup, which runs Nov. 1 through Nov. 5 in Vierumäki, Finland.

Team Canada features former Buckeye forward Natalie Spooner (2009-12), Team Sweden will have defenseman Annie Svedin (2010-14), and the Team Finland will bring former defenseman Minttu Tuominen (2010-2013) to the ice.

Held every year since 1996, the Four Nations Cup brings together the top four women’s hockey countries in the world – Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United States – for an international tournament.

Spooner was named a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award her senior season, an award presented annually to the best player in NCAA Division I women’s hockey. She concluded her career at Ohio State on top of four program record lists. Along with her season goals record, she set the Ohio State career record in goals scored in January, 2012 and finished her four years with 100. Spooner broke the program record in career goals vs. WCHA opponents on Oct. 14, 2011 and had 75 in her career. Her 163 career points ranks second all time in the program’s history and her 16 game-winning goals over four years is a program best.

Svedin skated in 134 games for the Buckeyes during her time here, helping lead the team to 64 wins. Off the ice she was a three-time OSU Scholar Athlete and a three-time WCHA All-Academic Team honoree, and on the ice she tallied 27 points while serving a vital role on the Ohio State defense. She is one of five players in program history to record five points in a single game, achieving that feat on Sept. 29, 2012.

Tuominen was an assistant captain for the Buckeyes during her senior year, helping to lead OSU to 19 wins which is second most in program history. She had a career-best 19 points during her senior season and finished her career with 49 points on 16 goals and 33 assists. She was a two-time WCHA Scholar Athlete and suited up for 124 games for the Scarlet and Gray. Tuominen won a bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver with Team Finland.

The tournament begins with Team USA facing off against Team Sweden, while Team Finland and Team Canada will do battle as well. The round robin format will ensure each team faces each other once before the Bronze medal game and Gold medal game, both of which take place this Saturday, Nov. 5.