Allie Thunstrom has signed for a second season with the defending Isobel Cup champions, the Minnesota Whitecaps.
Thunstrom was impressive in her first NWHL season, posting 10 points (5-5-10) in 18 games. She had previously been a member of the Whitecaps before turning her attention to speedskating for several years. In her return to full-time hockey last season, Thunstrom used her speed to help produce offense for the Whitecaps, posting five points in the crucial final four games of the regular season as Minnesota claimed the top seed in the Isobel Cup playoffs. Thunstrom was also selected to participate in NWHL All-Star Weekend in Nashville.
“Allie has been a great player in high school, college, and now the pros with the Whitecaps,” said Jack Brodt, the co-founder and co-head coach of the club. “With her blinding speed, outstanding work ethic and respected leadership, Allie will play an important role in our defense of the Isobel Cup.”
Thunstrom spent several years in the U.S. National Team program, competing in the Four Nations Cup in 2010 and 2015. She never missed a game in four seasons of collegiate hockey at Boston College, where she went 86-53-139 in 141 games and earned Hockey East All-Star honors three times. As a freshman, she led the Eagles with 30 goals, which tied for second in all of Division I and included a national-best six shorthanded goals. She topped the team and Hockey East in goals as a senior as well and finished her career with a plus-61 rating.
A native of Maplewood, Minnesota, Thunstrom was the winner of Minnesota’s prestigious Ms. Hockey Award in 2006. She set school records at North Saint Paul High School with 228 and 350 points and was an All-State and All-Conference honoree throughout her high school career.
Thunstrom is a Field Product Specialist at Ergodyne in St. Paul, MN. “We manufacture safety PPE and my main job is to develop safety products and help train our customers about the technical information and/or how to use them,” she said. “It’s absolutely amazing and I love my job. The people I work with are phenomenal and our leadership team has been incredibly supportive of my athletic career and I couldn’t be more thankful.”
Allie Thunstrom competed in the Fastest Skater competition at NWHL All-Star Weekend in Nashville. [PHOTO BY MICHELLE JAY]
Statement from Allie Thunstrom:
“I am super excited to join the Minnesota Whitecaps for my seventh season and our second in the NWHL. Jack Brodt has done an absolutely incredible job keeping this team going for the past 15 years and providing opportunities for us to continue playing the game we love at a high level.
“We have spent the better part of the last decade trying to join a professional league, which we were finally able to do last season in the NWHL. This past year, representing the State of Hockey and winning the Isobel Cup, was a dream come true. I trust the NWHL leadership and investment team that they have the best interests of women’s hockey at heart and more importantly I believe in the Whitecaps organization and cannot thank Jack enough for what he has provided for myself and countless others. I am honored to play for him and his organization for another year.
“I am also excited to be back for our incredible fans that have supported us not only in the NWHL but also when we played independently. We have a lot of fans that have already renewed their season tickets and I cannot wait to play in front of them and feel their energy again.
“When I was growing up the idea of women’s professional hockey didn’t really exist, so being able to connect with youth players and little girls and give them something to believe in and strive for is an incredibly powerful gift and is something I do not take for granted. Every smile that is created by fans, young and old, makes every sacrifice over the last decade worth it.”