August 1, 2018– Allie Thunstrom has returned to the Minnesota Whitecaps in time for their first season in the NWHL. A former member of the U.S. National Team and top forward at Boston College, Thunstrom is joining the NWHL after spending the last few years competing at the highest levels of speed skating.
“The NWHL – the opportunity to play professional hockey – has been something every young hockey player has dreamed of, and to see that happen is very humbling,” said Thunstrom, a native of Maplewood, Minn. “The fact that a league now exists for players to play competitively after college is a really big deal and an opportunity people who played even just a few years before us didn't have. I have to say thank you to everyone involved in the NWHL for making this life-long dream a reality for so many of us. I can't wait to hit the ice and represent the State of Hockey in the Whitecaps’ inaugural NWHL season.”
Thunstrom, who previously played for the Whitecaps in the 2011-12 season, was 86-53-139 in 141 games with Boston College – never missing a game in her collegiate career from 2006-2010. She was voted a Hockey East All-Star three times. With the U.S. National Team, she competed in the Four Nations Cup in 2010 and 2015. The 2006 recipient of the Ms. Hockey Award in Minnesota, she set records at North Saint Paul High School with 228 goals and 350 points. In 2012, Thunstrom began her career in speedskating.
“I will likely still speed skate a bit but hockey will be my top priority this year,’ said Thunstrom. “Speed skating has been an adventure over the last few years and I've loved every second of it, but right now hockey has to be my main focus. Hockey has been a sport that I have devoted so much to. I couldn't pass up the chance to play on the first Minnesota professional team and it wouldn't feel right not to give it everything I've got. These Whitecaps players are some of my best friends and I've been able to see all of the hard work and sacrifices that our management team has made.
“My goal in hockey this year is to be the best teammate I can be and help my team out wherever I can. We will have a very talented group and I hope that will translate into some great competition and success within the league. At the end of the day, I hope we can make Minnesota proud to call us their newest professional team.”