A member of the national team program since 2007, Natalie Spooner is the first player to compete for the National Women’s Team, the National Women’s Under-22 Team and the National Women’s Under-18 Team. She competed in her first Olympic Games at Sochi 2014 where she scored the first two goals in Canada’s 3-1 semifinal victory over Switzerland en route to the gold medal.
In 2008, Spooner was a member of the team that won silver at the IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship. She went on to make her debut at the IIHF Women’s World Championship in 2011 as part of another silver medal-winning squad. Spooner then helped the team capture gold in 2012 before another silver in 2013.
Spooner began her collegiate career at Ohio State University in 2008-09. As a senior in 2011-12 she set an Ohio State single season record for goals scored, earning her a nomination as a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award as the top female NCAA hockey player. She was also named as an NCAA First Team All-American.
After graduation Spooner was drafted by the Toronto Furies of the CWHL and helped them reach the Clarkson Cup in 2012-13.
2014 Olympic Champion… 2012 World Champion… Two-time World silver medallist…
Getting into the Sport: Started playing hockey at age four… Wanted to be just like her brothers who all played…Outside Interests: Completed her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (pre-med) at Ohio State University in August 2012… Enjoys singing and travelling…Odds and Ends: Had her Olympic dream sparked after meeting Jennifer Botterill at a hockey camp… Favourite Olympic memory is watching the women’s hockey team win gold at Salt Lake City 2002 while she was at a tournament with her minor hockey team… Collects spoons during her travels… Favourite quote: “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz