Thunderstorm Forecasted in Boston

by Leah Jacobson

Boston, MA – In a blockbuster move, the Boston Pride have signed Premier Hockey Federation superstar Allie Thunstrom to a two year deal through the 2022-23 and 2023-24 seasons. Additional terms of the contract will not be disclosed.

The 34 year-old from Maplewood, MN is returning to Boston for the first time since her NCAA days with Boston College. Thunstrom has played for the Minnesota Whitecaps for the entirety of her four-year PHF career. From 2018-22, the forward racked up an impressive 69 points while competing in all 64 of her team’s regular season games since their inaugural PHF campaign. Last season she finished tied for sixth in PHF scoring with 21 points including 18 goals in 20 games. An elite goal scorer, Thunstrom holds the record for most goals scored in a season with 24, has led the league in goals in both the 2019-20 and 2021-22 seasons, and is third all-time in goals scored in the PHF with a whopping 55 goals across both regular season and playoff competition. A three-time PHF All-Star, Thunstrom also hoisted the Isobel Cup in 2019, and in 2020 was named co-MVP with new teammate Jillian Dempsey. The pair also represented the PHF together at the 2022 ECHL All-Star Classic.

Thunstrom is just as exceptional off the ice as she is on the ice. The forward is a two-time PHF Foundation Award winner, most recently recognized for her contributions during the 2021-22 season. The Foundation Award is presented to one player on each team who actively applies the core values of hockey to their community and who grows and improves hockey culture. Thunstrom works with teams and young players of all levels in Winny Brown’s Os Hockey program, as well as regularly speaking at Minnesota elementary schools.

“My decision to join the Pride was extremely difficult – I have been so incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to play for the Whitecaps and I will be forever grateful to Jack Brodt, Dwayne Schmigdall, as well as the entire organization, team and fan base for making my time on the team so special.” said Thunstrom. “Since college, Boston has always been a second home to me. It’s where I had to figure out how to live without a safety net, it’s where I had to figure out who I was beyond hockey – and I know for absolute certainty I would not be the person I am today without Boston College and the people there and across the city that made my experience so great. I can only hope to have a similar experience playing for the Pride.”

The Pride are certainly looking forward to playing with Thunstrom instead of against her.

“Allie has always been a great competitor to play against,” said captain Jillian Dempsey. “We are glad to have her speed, skill, experience, and positive energy on our side now!”

Thunstrom played for the BC Eagles from 2006-2010. She skated in all 141 games through her four years, tallying 86 goals and 52 assists for 138 points. As a freshman, Thunstrom scored 30 goals in 36 games, earning her Hockey East All-Star First Team and All-Rookie Team honors, as well as being named to the New England Hockey Writers' Division I Women's All-Star Team. In her senior season, Thunstrom led her team in both goals and points, and was named a Hockey-East Second Team All-Star for the second year in a row. In January, she and new teammate Sammy Davis were part of the Women’s Beanpot Hall of Fame Class of 2022. Thunstrom is looking forward to being back in Boston to continue playing hockey in the great city.

“I’m so excited to join the Pride and get a chance to play in Boston again and be part of the Boston community,” added Thunstrom. “The Pride are a world class organization with passionate fans, and they are extremely well supported across the city and state. They have a roster of some incredibly talented players that I couldn’t be more excited to get to take the ice with and hopefully help add to their legacy. And, if we’re being honest…the Dunkin is just better there!”

The signing of Thunstrom comes in an already very exciting week for the Pride and their fans. The Pride add great speed and skill to an already top offensive team, showing their commitment to pursuing a third straight Isobel Cup in the 2022-23 season.