Athletics Hall of Fame
Karen Thatcher '02
Class of 2012
During her hockey career at Nobles, Karen Thatcher tallied 222 points (116 goals and 106 assists). The varsity team won the ISL championship her Class III through Class I years, and she was named All-League all three of those years. During her Class I year, Karen was a tri-captain of the girls varsity team that went 27-0-0, winning the program’s first ever New England Division I championship. Head coach Tom Resor explains Karen’s place in the proud history of Nobles girls’ varsity hockey: “Karen was an amazing player whose combination of speed and power was unmatched. In her senior year, she scored 45 goals and had 43 assists for 88 points, and the team was the first and only unbeaten and untied Nobles team to win a New England championship.”
Karen won the Bruins' John Carlton Award, was Hockey Night in Boston (HNIB) Division I Offensive Player of the Year in 2002, and was chosen for the HNIB All-Scholastic Team in 2001 and 2002.
After Nobles, Karen went on to a prolific hockey career at Providence College. She finished her 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, Karen earned All-Academic Honors and the Hockey East Sportsmanship Award in three-consecutive seasons.
In training for the 2010 Olympics, Karen played one season in the Canadian Women's Hockey League and two seasons in the Western Women's Hockey League, winning the League Championship in 2009 with Minnesota.
She was a four-time member of the U.S. Women's National Team, winning the International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship in 2008 and 2009. In the Four Nations Cup, the National Team took home 2nd place in 2006 and 2007 and 1st place in 2008. In 2010, as a member of the U.S. Olympic team, Karen earned a silver medal in Vancouver. She contributed six points (three goals, three assists) in Team USA's five games, including two-point efforts against Russia and Sweden. Her plus/minus of +8 was tied for fourth on the team.
Since 2010, Karen has played for the Boston Blades in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League while serving as an Assistant Coach of the Providence College varsity team.