Freshman forward Natalie Spooner selected to Under-22 Team, OSU signee Hokey Langan chosen for Under-18 team
COLUMBUS, Ohio Current freshman forward Natalie Spooner and incoming forward Casandra (Hokey) Langan of the Ohio State women’s hockey team were named to Canadian teams that will compete in international events in January, Hockey Canada announced this week. Spooner was selected to the Under-22 Team for the 2009 MLP Cup and Langan was named to the Under-18 Team for the 2009 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championships.

Spooner has had a strong start to her Buckeye career, leading the team in goals (12) and ranking second in points (15) despite missing four games earlier this season. She missed two series while competing with the silver medal-winning Canadian National Team at the 2008 Four Nations Cup in November.

Spooner is one of 13 forwards for the Canadian Under-22 team who will play in the 2009 MLP Cup (formerly the European Air Canada Cup), Jan. 2-6 in Ravensburg, Germany. Canada is the six-time defending champion at the MLP Cup, having won every year since the tournament’s inception in 2003 and losing only once in 20 games. Canada will play in Group A with Finland and Russia, while Germany, Sweden and Switzerland will make up Pool B.

Langan, who signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent in November for play for Ohio State next season, is a Chatham, Ontario, native and plays for the London Jr. Devilettes while attending Chatham-Kent Secondary School. She is a two-time member of the gold medal-winning Team Ontario Red at the 2007 and ’08 Canadian Under-18 National Championships. She served as assistant captain at the most recent championships. Langan also competed with Team Canada in a U-18 series against Team USA in August.

Langan is one of 12 forwards chosen to compete for Team Canada in the 2009 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship will be held Jan. 5-10 in Fssen, Germany. Spooner and fellow rookie forward Laura McIntosh were members of the Canadian U-18 team in 2008 that won the silver medal at the inaugural world championships in Calgary last January.