Ohio State’s first two-time All-American also named to Canadian Centralization Program for 2010 Winter Olympics
COLUMBUS, Ohio Former Buckeye All-American Tessa Bonhomme of the Ohio State women’s hockey team has been named to the Canadian National Team for the 2009 IIHF World Women’s Championships, Hockey Canada announced Tuesday. The World Women’s Championship, of which Canada has won nine gold medals, will be held April 4-12 in Hmeenlinna, Finland.

The defenseman also is one of 26 players selected to participate in the Canadian Centralization Program in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The centralized roster will train in Calgary and be trimmed to 21 players prior to the games.

A native of Sudbury, Ontario, Bonhomme was a member of the gold-medal winning Canadian National Women’s Team at the 2007 IIHF World Women’s Championships and participated in the Olympic Centralization Program in 2005-06. She was the last player cut before the 2006 Turin Games. A member of three Four Nations Cup rosters, Bonhomme helped Team Canada win gold in 2005 and ’06. She played with the Calgary Oval X-treme of the Western Women’s Hockey League this past season

Bonhomme concluded her Ohio State career at the end of the 2007-08 season as one of the best to ever wear the Scarlet and Gray. Among her achievements, Bonhomme was the first Buckeye to be named an AHCA First Team All-America honoree as well as receive both the Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. She earned both as a senior after leading the NCAA in defenseman scoring.

In February, Bonhomme was named to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s “Top 10 Players of the First 10 Years.” She concluded her career as the second-highest scoring defenseman in the WCHA with 128 points, just two shy of the record. A Second Team All-America honoree as a junior, Bonhomme was Ohio State’s first two-time finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given to the top Division I women’s hockey player in the nation. She also was the first Buckeye to be a two-time First Team All-WCHA pick and first to be named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team.