Future Watch: Natalie Spooner Hockey CardsNatalie Spooner is a big name in hockey circles and popular culture. It’s not often a terrific hockey player can start to make strides on television away from the sport, while still playing the sport she loves.

Spooner has been on Hockey Canada’s radar since she played in the 2008 Esso Women’s Nationals with the Mississauga Chiefs. They were the CWHL Championship runner-up that year. During that same year, she won a silver medal in the World U18 Championships for Canada.

Spooner attended Ohio State University, and she lit the women’s hockey program on fire. In her four years there, she scored 100 goals, becoming the only player – male or female – to reach the century mark in the history of the program. Her 163 points are second all-time to boot. She earned All-WCHA honors three times, and in 2012 she added All-America honors to that list. In 2019, she had an incredible honor bestowed upon her when she was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.

After graduating from Ohio State University in 2012, her career took off. Spooner helped lead Canada to a gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games in 2014 and a silver in 2018. She also medaled an incredible eight times in World Championship competition.

Her professional career has been full of wins and championships as well. Besides winning a gold medal in 2014, Spooner won the Clarkson Cup while playing for the Toronto Furies, becoming the first player to accomplish both feats in the same year. Spooner helped sink the Boston Blades championship aspirations when she assisted on the Cup-winning goal.

Off the ice, Spooner was a part of the Amazing Race Canada Season 2. She entered the competition with her 2014 gold medal teammate, Meaghan Mikkelson. The two ended up winning seven legs of the race and ended in second place.

In 2019, Spooner gained a lot of fans when she entered the fifth season of CBC’s Battle of the Blades skating competition along with figure skater Andrew Poje. Ron MacLean, Dick Button, Kurt Browning, and Jeremy Roenick were some big names in the competition. Spooner came in second, again, a really solid finish showing how versatile she is as an athlete.

As part of the PWHPA’s gap tour last year before the pandemic hit, Spooner played on that tour, including in  two games that both sold out in the Philadelphia area.

“We don’t get to play that many games in the season so when we do, we want to put on a great show especially being here, seeing those little girls in the stands and seeing all the fans that we have, we want to showcase the talent we have, so we’re going to bring it,” Natalie Spooner said to Jashvina Shah, covering the event for Sportsology.

Spooner is a hero to a generation of young girls who have professional hockey aspirations, and she’s still playing. Her international play has netted her a variety of cards thanks to Upper Deck’s products with Hockey Canada.

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