After spending two seasons playing in China in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, former U.S. National Team player Stephanie Anderson is returning home to Minnesota, as she has signed with the Whitecaps for the 2019-20 season.
“Being able to play professionally and doing it in my home state couldn’t sound any better,” said Anderson. “For the past seven years my career has been away from home, and I can’t wait to represent the Whitecaps and NWHL here in front of my friends and family.”
The 5-9 forward had 17 points (8-9-17) in 28 games for Kunlun Red Star of the CWHL in 2017-18, before adding eight points (5-3-8) in 28 games for Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays this past season. She was also part of the the U.S. Women’s National Team that won a gold medal at the IIHF Women’s World Championship in 2015.
A native of Saint Paul, Anderson began her collegiate career at the University of Minnesota before transferring to Bemidji State, where she served as assistant captain for her final two seasons. Over her four years, she recorded 68 points (31-37-68) in 142 games, including leading the Beavers in goals for two seasons.
“Steph will be counted upon for scoring goals and improving our overall team defense this season,” said Whitecaps general manager and co-head coach Jack Brodt.
After playing away from home, Anderson is looking forward to returning to the State of Hockey. “I’m able to put down my roots where they belong,” she said. “My fiancé and I will be planning our wedding and buying a house. I’ll be spending lots of time with my family, friends, and my dog, Otter.”