As Allie Thunstrom and the Minnesota Whitecaps enter their second season in the NWHL, things will be quite different than they were last season. They are no longer an ‘unknown’ around these parts and will look to replicate the achievements of finishing first in the league standings and taking home the Isobel Cup. If they can pull off the second part of that equation, they will become the first team in NWHL history to capture multiple and back-to-back Cups.
“It would be incredible,” Thunstrom said when asked what it would mean to pull off the feat. “This year itself was nothing short of Cinderella-like or a dream. Growing up playing street hockey and its Game 7 of the Stanley Cup, you’re working to score that winning goal. To actually have that experience be real, to duplicate it would probably be just as cool, if not cooler because you know there’s a target on your back.”
“(Last year) we were the new kids on the block, and of course, because we had been a team for so long people respected us and knew what we had to offer, but at the same time we were the unknowns,” she added. “This year I think we have a target on our back, so to be able to work through that and have a just as successful season would be pretty special.”
The best chance that Thunstrom had to win any type of championship was during her time at Boston College when her team advanced to the Frozen Four, but as she noted, “we didn’t win Hockey East (that year). The closest I probably came was winning that quarterfinal game to get to the Frozen Four, but never an official championship.”