February 29, 1984 |
Bryn Mawr, PA, USA
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)|
BC Breakers (2006-07)
Minnesota Whitecaps (2008-09)
Vaughan Flames (2007-08)
|National team||United States|
Karen Elizabeth Thatcher (born February 29, 1984) is an American ice hockey forward. She was named to the United States women’s ice hockey team for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Thatcher was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Douglas, Massachusetts.
She graduated from Providence College in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in biology.
She is a current Doctor of Physical Therapy student at The Ohio State University and employed as a physical therapy student assistant at Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Thatcher transferred to the Providence Friars after spending the 2002-03 season with the Brown Bears. In her sophomore year, she tied for fourth on the Friars in points (she had 10 goals and 27 points). She was honored as Hockey East’s sportsmanship award winner. In her junior year, Thatcher scored 58 points (25 goals, 33 assists). She was co-Hockey East Player of the Year (shared the honor with New Hampshire Wildcats player Stephanie Jones).
As a senior, Thatcher was the Friars scoring leader, and was a Top 10 candidate for the Patty Kazmaier Award. In addition, she was the team captain. For her NCAA career, she accumulated 167 points in 132 games played. During her time with the Friars, the team won Hockey East tournament championships in both 2004 and 2005. Thatcher is 10th on the Friars' all time scoring list.
WWHL and CWHL
She played for the British Columbia Breakers of the Western Women's Hockey League (WWHL) in 2006-07. Statistically, she led the team and ranked 10th in the league with 36 points (19-17) in 26 games. The following year, she joined the Vaughan Flames of the Canadian Women's Hockey League and helped the team to the inaugural CWHL championship. In 2008-09, she returned to the WWHL and helped lead the Minnesota Whitecaps to the league championship. 
- Two-time member of the U.S. Women's National Team for the International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship (gold-2008-09). Named to the team in 2007, but missed the tournament due to injury
- Three-time member of the U.S. Women's Select Team for the Four Nations Cup (1st-2008, 2nd-2006-07)
Member of the U.S. Women's Select Team in 2008-09
- Three-time member of the U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team for the Under-22 Series with Canada (2002–04)
- Five-time USA Hockey Women's National Festival participant (2003–04, 2007–09)
Awards and honors
- Providence Hockey East All-Decade Team
- Most Valuable Player, Pool B, 2007 Esso Canadian Women's Nationals
- Top Forward, Pool B, 2007 Esso Canadian Women's Nationals
- Top 10 Finalist, 2006 Patty Kazmaier Award
- 2004 HOCKEY EAST Sportsmanship Award 
- HOCKEY EAST Player of the Week Honors two times (11/8/04), and (1/31/05)
- Named to the 2002-03 ECAC All-Rookie Team
- Boston Bruins John Carlton Award in 2002
- Hockey East 10th Anniversary Team selection
- Team USA.org: Vancouver women’s hockey team announced.
- "Karen Thatcher wins prestigious Sarah Devens Award" (PDF). Hockey East. April 11, 2006. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
- "Award Winners announced at Esso Women's Nationals". Hockey Canada. March 8, 2007. Retrieved 25 November 2010.