Netminder Seeks Spot on Under-22 Team
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Incoming freshman goalie Jaimie Leonoff (Montreal, Que.) has been selected for Hockey Canada's National Women's Under-22/Development Team Camp. The camp takes place Aug. 6 to 16 in Rockland, Ont., and features 40 of the top players under the age of 22 in Canada, including one player (BU's Marie-Philip Poulin) who won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2010 Olympics.
Leonoff, 18, is the youngest of four goaltenders selected for the camp. That group includes Vermont's Roxanne Douville, who was on the U-22 team last year, along with Clarkson's Erica Howe and Cornell's Amanda Mazzotta. The other three goalies were all part of the previous Under-22 Selection Camp, last August.
Leonoff has participated in Under-22 and Under-18 camps for Hockey Canada in the past, and earned a bronze medal at the Canada Games with Quebec's Under-18 team with a 4-3 win over Saskatchewan earlier this year.
Leonoff attended Pomfret School, where she played ice hockey and soccer. She also played hockey for Detroit Belle Tire, winning the North American friendship tournament, finishing first in the MWEHL and making it to the finals of the state tournament in 2011. She previously played for the Connecticut Polar Bears, winning the state tournament and playing in the national championship in 2010. She won MVP in the shootout, skating and shot stopping skills competitions at Nationals and also was named best all-around goalie in the skills competition. Leonoff also won the VT classic with USA selects and the Quebec City Challenge Cup with the Quebec Bulldogs in 2010.
Leonoff is vying to become the first Yale player to play for Canada's U-22 team since Mandi Schwartz, who played in two games and had a pair of assists in 2006.
At the development camp players will be split into two teams, Blue and Yellow, that will participate in several practices and intersquad games. Invitations were based on fitness testing conducted this spring and evaluations by Hockey Canada scouts during the 2010-11 season, including past performances within Canada's National Women's Program, with club teams and at provincial and national championships for leagues such as Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) and the NCAA.
Following the camp, Hockey Canada scouts, along with the team's coaching staff, will continue to evaluate players in preparation for selecting the Canadian team that will compete at the 2012 MLP Cup next January in Füssen, Germany. Canada has won this international tournament eight times in nine years, losing just two games.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity