Currently thanking every Hockey God about this one. Allie Thunstrom is headed back to the Minnesota Whitecaps for her 5th season with the team. As you can gather, I, a Whitecaps fan, am absolutely loving this.
Thunstrom came to the Whitecaps right after graduating from Boston College way back in 2017. That season, 2017-18, would be the Whitecaps’ final year as an Independent before joining the NWHL, now PHF. In those first 3 seasons where the Whitecaps were a league team, Thunstrom put together 45 points (29G 16A) in 44 regular season games as well as 4 points (3G 1A) in 4 playoff games. She won the Isobel Cup with the Whitecaps in 2019 and has been one of their top forwards ever since her first games. She’s fast as hell, great with the puck, and if she’s on a breakaway, forget about saving the puck goalies, she knows how to score goals there.
I am a massive Whitecaps fan and after they just lost Amanda Boulier to the Boston Pride, I was scared we might lose Allie Thunstrom too. The Whitecaps have been a consistently talented and powerful team. The Whitecaps have been one of the top teams in the league since they got here, they have been to the Isobel Cup Final the past 3 seasons in a row. That doesn’t happen without Allie Thunstrom. I have a lot of hopes for the Whitecaps heading into this next season but if they had lost Thunstrom, my optimism would have been severely dimmed. The Whitecaps tweeted out a cryptic little message on the 21st, hinting they would be signing some forwards and goalies. Of all the players I hope they’re re-signing, I am delighted Allie Thunstrom was the first.
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