COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Three University of New Hampshire Wildcats - current 'Cat Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) as well as alumni Erin Whitten and Tricia Dunn -- were named to the U.S. Women's Select Team earlier this week.
The U.S. Select Team will compete at the Four Nations Cup in Kitchener, Ontario, from Nov. 6-10. Also competing at the event are Canada, Finland and Sweden.
Thomas, a junior defenseman and co-captain of the 2002-03 Wildcat squad, competed on the U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team over the summer. Last year at UNH, Thomas played in all 36 games and recorded 24 points on five goals and 19 assists. Those numbers ranked 14th in the nation in points per game (defensemen) as well as third on the team in assists and fifth in points. Thomas was second on the team in plus/minus at +20 and helped anchor a defense that ranked sixth in the nation. A recipient of the Colleen Coyne Award as UNH's top defenseman last year, Thomas was named to the ECAC All-Conference Second Team and All-Rookie Team in 2001.
Whitten, a 1993 graduate of UNH, is entering her third season as an assistant coach at New Hampshire. She was named the 1994 Women's Player of the Year by USA Hockey and was on the U.S. National Team from 1992-1997. She rejoined the Team for the 1999-2000 seasons before returning to her alma mater as a coach.
Whitten was a standout goaltender at New Hampshire from 1990-93. She was an ECAC First Team selection in 1993, ECAC All-Star selection in 1990 and 1991 and the ECAC Goaltender of the Year in 1992. Whitten currently ranks fourth on the program's leaderboard in saves (1,556), games played (72), minutes played (3523:34) and wins (51). She also ranks sixth with 10 shutouts.
Dunn, a forward, is a 1995 graduate of New Hampshire who competed in all five games at the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah and helped the U.S. win a silver medal. In the 2001-02 Pre-Olympic Tour, she recorded 28 points on 14 goals and 14 assists in 28 games. She also skated in all six games at the XVIII Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan as the U.S. won the gold medal. In five years with the U.S. National Team and one (1999-2000) with the U.S. Select Team, Dunn has skated in 142 games with 48 goals and 42 assists for 90 points.
A four-year letterwinner on the New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, Dunn amassed 117 career points (60 goals, 57 assists) in 108 games. She scored a goal in the 1996 ECAC championship game in which UNH defeated Providence College, 3-2, in the longest game in collegiate hockey (145 minutes, 35 seconds).