Natalie Spooner named PWHL First Star of the Week

Natalie Spooner (BDZ Sports, Wikimedia Commons)

Canadian Olympic gold medalist Natalie Spooner of Scarborough, Ontario has been named the Professional Women’s Hockey League first star of the week for the period from January 29 to February 4, 2024 on Monday according to the Canadian Press. Spooner, who is 33 years old, scored two goals and had one assist in a 4-1 Toronto win over Minnesota on Saturday at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

Spooner opened the scoring with 54 seconds left in the first period. Canadian Olympic gold medalist Sarah Nurse of Hamilton, Ontario, and Rebecca Leslie of Ottawa, Ontario picked up assists. Spooner then picked up an assist on a goal by Canadian Olympic gold medalist Blayre Turnbull of Stellarton, Nova Scotia at 11:24 of the third period. At the time, Toronto went up 3-1. Spooner then closed out the scoring at 11:40 of the third period from Canadian Olympic gold medalist Jocelyne Larocque of Ste. Anne, Manitoba. Spooner and Larocque won the gold medal for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, while Nurse and Turnbull won the gold medal for Canada at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.

In nine games this season, Spooner has seven goals and one assist for eight points. Toronto is in fourth place with a record of four wins and five losses for 11 points. Three wins have come in regulation, and one win in a shootout.

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