Dec. 18, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Former Friar women's hockey star Karen Thatcher (`06) was one of 21 players selected to the 2009-10 U.S. Olympic Team. The announcement was made on Thursday, December 17 by USA Hockey. Thatcher becomes the seventh Friar to compete with Team USA, joining Chris Bailey (`94), Laurie Baker (`97), Alana Blahoski (`96), Sara DeCosta (`00), Cammi Granato (`93), Lisa Brown-Miller (`88) and Vicki Movsessian (`94). Mari Pehkonen (`09) represented Team Finland in the 2006 Olympics.
While at Providence, Thatcher finished her record-breaking career with 167 points in 132 games and had a hand in PC's Hockey East Tournament titles in 2004 and 2005. She helped lead PC to its only NCAA Tournament appearance in 2005. Thatcher ranks 10th in career points at Providence. A top-10 Patty Kazmaier Finalist, Thatcher led the team in scoring for the second-straight time in 2005 with 47 points. She earned the Hockey East Sportsmanship award three-consecutive seasons as well as All-Academic honors. Thatcher was named a Second Team All American, a Hockey East All-Star, New England Hockey Writers All-Star and Providence College Athlete of the Year in her final season with the Friars.
The 2010 U.S. Women's Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team will continue competing in the Qwest Tour until departing for the Olympics on Feb. 7. The opening ceremonies are slated for Feb. 12, with Team USA's first game taking place on Feb. 14 against China.