Bulldog Junior, Incoming Freshman among Candidates for National Women's Development Team
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Two Yale women's ice hockey student-athletes -- junior goaltender Jaimie Leonoff (Montréal, Qué.) and incoming freshman forward Eden Murray (Medicine Hat, Alta.) -- have been selected to attend Hockey Canada's National Women's Program strength and conditioning camp. Hockey Canada announced the camp roster on Apr. 17.
The camp, which takes place May 7-11 at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., is considered an important first step in identifying players who could one day be in the running to play for Canada's National Women's Team at events such as the IIHF Women's World Championship and Olympic Winter Games. Players from the camp may also be selected to play for the National Women's Development Team. The last Yale player to play for Canada's Under-22 team was Mandi Schwartz '10 (1988-2011), who played in two games and had a pair of assists in 2006.
Leonoff, who is one of eight goaltenders on the Development Team strength and conditioning camp roster, earned her second straight team MVP award this year. She made 1,053 saves, placing second on Yale's single-season list (behind Laurie Belliveau '98's 1,321 saves in 1996-97). Her .924 save percentage was seventh-best in Yale history, and her 2.69 goals-against average was 13th. She made 40 or more saves in a game eight times, including a pair of 50+-save efforts in the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals at then-No. 5 Harvard.
Leonoff is second on Yale's career save percentage list (.916), fourth on Yale's career goals-against average list (3.18) and fifth on Yale's career saves list (2,312).
A member of Jonathan Edwards College, Leonoff attended Pomfret and played for Detroit Belle Tire before coming to Yale. She has attended multiple Hockey Canada camps, including the National Women's Development Team Selection Camp in August of 2013. She is one of 13 players on the 2014 Strength & Conditioning Camp roster who played in ECAC Hockey last year.
Murray, the younger sister of Bulldog junior defenseman Madi Murray (Medicine Hat, Alta.), is one of 28 forwards on the Development Team strength and conditioning camp roster. Eden Murray has extensive experience in Hockey Canada's system, including winning a gold medal for the Under-18 team at the World Championships in Finland in 2012. Last year she was the youngest player invited to both the conditioning camp and the skating camp, and she was in the top three of 46 women in U-22 fitness testing. She also won a gold medal in the Canada Winter Games, playing as an underager for Team Alberta. She was captain of Team Alberta in her third and final year.
Murray has been among the top three in scoring at Edge School for Athletes in Calgary, Alta., in all three years she has been at the school. While attending Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Faribault, Minn., she played PeeWee AAA boys' hockey and was the only girl in the league. Despite playing half the year on defense she was third on the team in scoring.
While Eden and Madi will play together at Yale, their sisters are at other schools -- Kelly Murray is a sophomore defenseman for Cornell and Logan Murray just completed her fourth year as a forward for McGill.
Both players figure to help Yale continue making dramatic strides next season. The Bulldogs posted their best winning percentage in conference games (.432) since 2007-08 this past year. In addition to making their first ECAC Hockey Championship playoff appearance since 2008, they earned their first postseason win since 2005 with a 3-2 double overtime win at then-No. 5 Harvard Feb. 28 in game one of the quarterfinals. The Bulldogs eventually lost the series two games to one, falling one goal shy of the program's second appearance at the ECAC Hockey semifinals.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity