"Every time you pull on that jersey it is an absolute thrill and an honor," said the former Friar great, who was named Hockey East Co-Player of the Year in 2005. "But to be on the ice with the team in a championship game against Canada, with my family in the stands after the past year, was incredible and extremely emotional."
The forward from Franklin, Mass. played in three of Team USA's four games in Sweden, including Sunday's 4-3, shootout victory over Team Canada, the defending Olympic champion. Earlier, Thatcher contributed one assist in a 10-0 defeat of Finland on Saturday.
The effort capped a comeback year for Thatcher, who had missed the previous Team USA season while recovering from injury.
"It has been a very long road to recovery for me, but to pull the jersey over my head again and take the ice with my teammates made it all worth it, and I could not have been more grateful for every single moment."
The Four Nations' Cup is the third most prolific tournament in international women's ice hockey, after the Olympics and IIHF World Championships. Each year, the tournament consists of the United States, Canada, Sweden and Finland.
It's the latest addition in a long resume of international achievement for Thatcher, who has now played in five Four Nations' tournaments, three World Championships and one Olympic Games. She helped Team USA earn silver at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, recording three goals and three assists for six points. Prior to the Olympics, she helped the U.S. win back-to-back gold at the 2008 and 2009 World Championships.
The assistant coach will rejoin the Friars when they welcome Vermont on Saturday, November 19. Face-off with the Catamounts is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tickets are available by calling (401) 865 GO PC or by visiting Friars.com.
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