Bulldog Senior, Incoming Freshman among Candidates for National Women's Development Team
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Two Yale women's ice hockey student-athletes -- rising senior goaltender Jaimie Leonoff (Montreal, Que.) and incoming freshman forward Eden Murray (Medicine Hat, Alta.) -- have been selected to attend Hockey Canada's National Women's Development Team selection camp. The camp, which takes place Aug. 8-17 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alta., is an important step in identifying players who could play for the Development Team and one day be in the running to play for the National Women's Team.
This is the second year in a row that both Leonoff and Murray have been selected for this camp. Murray is unable to attend this year, but was announced as a selection nonetheless.
The 42 players attending the selection camp will be split into two teams. The attendees will participate in several practices and intrasquad games, as well as off-ice dryland training, fitness testing and high performance classroom sessions. Hockey Canada will then choose 22 players for a three-game series against the United States' Women's Under-22 Select Team, scheduled for Aug. 21-24 in Calgary. 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 is one of six goalies on this year's Development Team selection camp roster. That includes two other ECAC Hockey goalies, Harvard's Emerance Maschmeyer and Princeton's Kimberly Newell.
Leonoff earned her second straight team MVP award for Yale 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 save percentage was 13th. She 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 2014 Strength & Conditioning Camp earlier this season.
Murray, the younger sister of Bulldog rising senior defenseman Madi Murray (Medicine Hat, Alta.), 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 was a sophomore defenseman for Cornell last season and Logan Murray just completed her fourth year as a forward for McGill.
Leonoff and the Murray sisters figure to help Yale continue making dramatic strides this coming season. The Bulldogs posted their best winning percentage in conference games (.432) since 2007-08 last 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