Natalie was born on October 17th 1990 at Scarborough Centenary Hospital in Toronto. Her parents Peter and Ann-Marie completed the family with a fourth child and first girl. Having moved from England the Spooner’s had sought out a sport for their sons that was fun, good exercise and taught teamwork and commitment. Hockey fit the bill perfectly. By the time Natalie came along there was hand-me-down sticks and skates waiting for her. Natalie’s parents had become experts in driving to local rinks and backyard rink construction. It was on this backyard rink, and in the family driveway, that Natalie first discovered her passion and began to hone her own hockey skills.
Natalie began to play organized hockey at age four; playing one year of boy’s hockey before switching to the Durham West Lightning Girls Hockey Association where she played for the next twelve seasons. Current Olympic Team teammates Jennifer Wakefield and Tara Watchorn were teammates on the Lightning. Hockey wasn’t the only thing Natalie was involved in as she joined soccer, swimming, field hockey, gymnastics, band, choir, dance and just about any other activity available while at school. A keen student in the French immersion program also prepared her for the bilingual Team Canada hockey dressing room.
After high school Natalie was offered a scholarship to The Ohio State University and joined the Buckeyes in 2008. She completed four strong seasons with the team while earning a Pre-Med Nutrition degree. Natalie now holds the all-time school goal scoring record and was named an All-American, All-WCHA First Team and was a Patty Kazmaier finalist (for the top player in NCAA Division 1 Women’s Ice Hockey).
2012 saw Natalie selected in the CWHL draft to her home town team, the Toronto Furies. Current National Team teammate Rebecca Johnston was selected in the same draft. Natalie and Rebecca joined old friends Jennifer Wakefield (National Team & Durham West) and Tessa Bonhomme (National Team & Ohio State) on the roster. Natalie is excited and proud to continue her pursuit of the Clarkson Cup and to grow the CWHL in her home town.
Throughout her career Natalie has always sought further development beginning with hockey school, Team Ontario and eventually Team Canada. Natalie is the first player to compete for Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team, the National Women’s Under-22 and the National Women’s Team successfully moving through all levels of the Hockey Canada’s Women’s Development Program. She was also a member of the 2012 IIHF Women’s World Championship team, and won the 2009 World Championships in ball hockey!
Outside of hockey Natalie is an avid volunteer, having served on the Hockey Canada Women’s High Performance Advisory Committee and on the Ohio State Student-Athlete Relations Committee. She has also supported the Toronto 2012 Ontario Summer Games, the Playing for Keeps program, the Race for the Cure and local Community Kitchens.
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