Leonoff Selected for Hockey Canada National Women’s Development Team Camp

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

Could Earn Spot Training with Senior Team Members in Preparation for Selection of Olympic Team

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale rising junior goaltender Jaimie Leonoff (Montreal, Que.) has been selected to attend Hockey Canada's National Women's Development Team Selection Camp. There, she will have the chance to earn a spot training with senior team members later in August in preparation for the selection of Canada's roster for the upcoming Olympics.

The Development Team Selection Camp, which runs from Aug. 10-18 and includes 40 players, takes place at Hockey Canada's home rink, the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. The camp roster includes 12 players who won a gold medal with Canada's National Women's Under-22/Development Team at the 2013 Meco Cup in Füssen, Germany.

Leonoff is one of four goalies selected for the Development Team Selection Camp. The 40 players will be split into two teams (Black and White). They will participate in several practices and intrasquad games as well as dry land training, fitness testing and high performance classroom sessions. Hockey Canada will choose 13 players from the Development Team Selection Camp to join 27 senior team players who will centralize in Calgary for training and possible selection for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

This is the third 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 in April and to the National Women's Program Goaltending Camp that took place in Calgary in June.

Leonoff was named Yale's team MVP and was a second team All-Ivy League selection this past season, when she posted the sixth-best single season save percentage in school history. 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.

The last Yale player to play for Hockey Canada's Under-22 team was 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