Dalhousie Tigers women’s hockey head coach Sean Fraser is pleased to announce the commitment of Kaela Thomson and Isabella Weist for the 2019-20 season.
Thomson is a 5’7 forward from Norwalk, Connecticut. This past season she was a member of the 2019 Boston Shamrocks Hockey Academy team of the Junior Women’s Hockey League (JWHL). She led the team in goals, was tied for most points and was in the league’s top 20 for goals scored. Previously, Thomson was on the Connecticut Northern Lights team that won the 2018 state championship.
Off the ice Thomson was an honour roll student for nine consecutive semesters at Pomfret School and was named an athlete of the week in 2017.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to come to Dalhousie and play for the Tigers,” says Thomson. “Playing at the U SPORTS level has been a goal of mine for a long time and I am incredibly thankful for this chance. I am very excited about the fantastic environmental and marine science programs available, as this was something very important to me in selecting a university.”
Thomson will be studying science while attending Dalhousie.
“Kaela is a power forward with size, strength and speed,” says Fraser. “She enjoys playing in the hard areas and put up good offensive numbers last season in the JWHL. Kaela plays the game hard and with intensity which is something we are definitely looking for this season.”
Joining Thomson is Isabella Weist. A native of Torbay, Nfld., Weist is a member of the Rothesay Netherwood School hockey team in the North American Prep Hockey Association. A three-year member of the team, she was named their most valuable player this past season. Weist also represented Newfoundland and Labrador at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. and has been a member of team Newfoundland for the last five years at the Atlantic Challenge Cup.
“I am excited for the opportunity to continue playing the game I love at the next level,” says Weist. “I am looking forward to continuing my growth as a student-athlete in a new and challenging environment.”
Weist will be working towards a Bachelor of Science will attending Dalhousie.
“Izzy is a great 200-foot player that plays well on both sides of the puck and in all situations,” says Fraser. “She leaves Rothesay as the captain and brings leadership and a work ethic that is unmatched. Izzy will add size, strength and grit to our lineup.”
The Tigers open their season October 2, when they host cross-town rivals Saint Mary’s.