April 9, 2011
ANN ARBOR, MICH - Providence College women's ice hockey assistant coach Karen Thatcher '06 rejoined the US National Team for two contests against Team Canada. The pair served as a tune-up for the IIHF World Championships, to be held April 16-25 in Zurich and Winterthur, Switzerland.
Team Canada took the first exhibition on Thursday, 3-1, before the Americans responded on Friday with a 4-1 victory.
Thatcher has now suited up for her nation's top team in six consecutive years. Most recently, she helped Team USA claim silver at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where she contributed six points (three goals, three assists) in five games. Prior to the Olympics, she helped the red, white and blue win back-to-back gold at the 2008 and 2009 World Championships. Thatcher also took part in three Four Nation's Cups from 2006 to 2008. The Franklin, Mass. native finished her Providence College career 10th on the Friars' all time scoring list with 167 points in 132 games. A transfer from Brown after her freshman year, she was part of Hockey East Tournament winning teams in 2004 and 2005. She also was named Hockey East Co-Player of the Year (2005), a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award (2005) and a Second Team All-American (2006). In addition, Thatcher earned All-Academic Honors and the Hockey East Sportsmanship Award in three consecutive seasons.
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