Leonoff Selected for Hockey Canada U-22/Development Team Conditioning Camp

Jaimie Leonoff. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jaimie Leonoff. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Will Train at MasterCard Centre in Toronto This Weekend

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sophomore goaltender Jaimie Leonoff (Montreal, Que.), who posted the fourth-best single season save total and sixth-best single season save percentage in school history this past year, has been selected to attend Hockey Canada's National Women's Under-22/Development Team Conditioning Camp. She is taking part in conditioning at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto this weekend.

Leonoff, who was named Yale's team MVP and was a second team All-Ivy League selection, is one of seven goaltenders on the 43-person conditioning camp roster. There are 16 other players from ECAC Hockey schools invited as well.

Leonoff was a major reason why the Bulldogs made dramatic improvements this season as compared to their 2011-12 season. She raised her save percentage from .865 to .925 while lowering her goals-against average from 6.55 to 2.83. Her save percentage ranked 15th in the country, and it was 16 percentage points away from the Yale record (.941 by Jackee Snikeris '11 in 2010-11).

Leonoff was also fourth in the country in saves (944). That total placed her fourth on Yale's single-season record list, trailing only three totals posted by Laurie Belliveau '98 (including the school record, 1,321 saves in 1996-97).  She was particularly proficient at home, averaging 36.2 saves per game at Ingalls Rink (33.5 on the road). She also got better as the season wore on, posting a .933 save percentage and a 2.37 goals-against average from the start of December through the end of the year.

In addition to her own stats, Leonoff also helped backstop a Yale penalty kill unit that ended the season killing off 39 of the last 40 penalties.

A member of Jonathan Edwards College, Leonoff attended Pomfret and played for Detroit Belle Tire before coming to Yale. Her previous involvement with Hockey Canada includes being selected for the National Women's U-22/Development Team Camp and for the U-22 Goaltending Camp. She has also participated in Under-18 camp, and earned a bronze medal at the Canada Games with Quebec's U-18 team with a 4-3 win over Saskatchewan in 2011.

Leonoff is vying to become the first Yale player to play for Canada's U-22 team since Mandi Schwartz '10 (1988-2011), who played in two games and had a pair of assists in 2006.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity