NWHL Co-MVP Allie Thunstrom (25 Goals in 25 Games) Re-signs with the Minnesota Whitecaps
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 7, 2020
BROOKLYN –Allie Thunstrom, who set the NWHL record for goals in a season and was named the league’s co-MVP (with Boston’s Jillian Dempsey), is the first player on the Minnesota Whitecaps to sign a contract to play in 2020-21.
“The past two years playing with the Whitecaps in the NWHL have been nothing short of amazing – the most enjoyable of my entire career,” said Thunstrom. “It’s not only the competitiveness of the league and the camaraderie with teammates who become family, but the opportunity to grow the women's game and put smiles on young kids’ faces and give them something to dream about. It’s more than I could have ever hoped for. For a little girl who once looked up to Pavel Bure and didn't understand why that couldn't be my reality someday, this experience has meant everything to me.”
In 2019-20, Thunstrom established the NWHL record for goals in a season (24) and finished second in the league in scoring with 36 points (24 goals, 12 assists) in 24 games. She also scored the lone goal in the Whitecaps’ 1-0 overtime victory over the Riveters in the Isobel Cup Semifinal. Thunstrom’s 36 points were tied with Jonna Curtis for the team lead, and second to Dempsey in the league. She recorded nine consecutive multi-point games between Jan. 11 and Feb. 29, and never went more than two games without recording a point.
A recipient of the 2020 NWHL Foundation Award for service to the game, Thunstrom works with teams and young players of all levels in teammate Winny Brown’s Os Hockey program. She is also a frequent guest at Minnesota elementary schools, where she speaks about the importance of being good students and citizens.
“I’m super-excited to be back for NWHL Season 6 and can’t wait to play in front of the world’s best fans at TRIA Rink once again,” said Thunstrom. “We miss all of you guys and can’t thank you enough for all of the support you have given us over the years. Let’s all stick together through this tough time. Soon we’ll be back at TRIA with Kirk, Rick, Cappy and the crew, playing the best game on the planet.”
Thunstrom participated in NWHL All-Star Weekend in each of the last two years, winning the Fastest Skater event at the All-Star Skills Challenge in Boston in February. Thunstrom spent several years in the U.S. National Team program, competing in the Four Nations Cup in 2010 and 2015. At Boston College, she was 86-53-139 in 141 games and earned Hockey East All-Star honors three times. A native of Maplewood, Thunstrom was the winner of Minnesota’s prestigious Ms. Hockey Award in 2006.
Besides playing for the Whitecaps and her efforts for youth hockey, Thunstrom is a Field Product Specialist at Ergodyne.
Photo credit: Tom Morris & Nick Wosika
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