May 30, 2013

Leonoff Earns Spot at Hockey Canada Goalie Camp

Will Train Among Nation's Best in Her Age Group

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Rising Yale junior goaltender Jaimie Leonoff (Montreal, Que.) has been selected to attend Hockey Canada's National Women's Program Goaltending Camp. The camp, which includes the top Under-22 Development Team goaltenders and the top Under-18 Team goaltenders in Hockey Canada's system, takes place June 6-9 at Hockey Canada's home rink, the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

This is the second major Hockey Canada camp for Leonoff this year, as she was also invited to the Under-22 Development Team conditioning camp that took place in Toronto at the end of April.

Leonoff, who was named Yale's team MVP and was a second team All-Ivy League selection this past season, is one of seven goaltenders selected for the Under-22 Development Team portion of Hockey Canada's goaltending camp. There are four other goalies from ECAC Hockey schools invited as well. The camp also includes seven Under-18 goaltenders.

Leonoff posted the sixth-best single season save percentage in school history this past year. She was a major reason why the Bulldogs made dramatic improvements over their 2011-12 season, raising 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. In addition to her previous involvement with Hockey Canada at the U-22 Development Team level, 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