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    17  Ali Thomas  


    New York, NY

    Height / Weight:
    6-3 / 214

    Left Wing

    Last Team:
    Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)

    Tough, physical forward who is a strong skater with size and skill ... will look to play with an edge to his game ... needs to play a consistent, physical style and be strong on the wall and in front of the goal ... has good hands and vision on the ice and makes plays with the puck ... must learn to be confident in his abilities and use his body and skating skills to his advantage ... has the tools to be a power forward and will look to be a factor in the Irish lineup this season ... comes to Notre Dame after spending the last two seasons in the United States Hockey League (USHL) ... played the entire 2011-12 campaign with the Chicago Steel where he scored 12 goals with six assists for 18 points in 53 games ... had two power-play goals and three game winners to go with 62 penalty minutes ... started the 2012-13 season with Chicago where he played in seven games with a goal and an assist before being traded to the Des Moines Buccaneers ... played in 43 games for the Bucs with six goals and nine assists for 15 points while racking up 118 penalty minutes ... one of 20 players on the current Notre Dame roster with ties to the USHL ... one of two former Des Moines Buccaneers on the team along with senior center T.J. Tynan (2009-10) ... first native of New York City to play hockey at Notre Dame ... first resident from the state of New York to play at Notre Dame since defenseman Tom Galvin (Miller Place) from 2000-04 ... a total of 15 alums from the state of New York earned monograms with the Irish, including two-time All-American defenseman Jack Brownschidle (East Amherst) `77, his brother, Jeff Brownschidle `81, forwards David `93 and Robert `89 Bankoske (Williamsville), Brett Henning (Huntington) `01, Frank O'Brien (Albany) `88 and Kevin Patrick (Schenectady) `92 ... signed a national letter-of-intent to attend Notre Dame in the fall 2012 early-signing period along with Dawson Cook, Andrew Oglevie, Cal Petersen and Jordan Gross.

    PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Fieldston School in the Bronx, N.Y. ... was a standout lacrosse player at Fieldston ... three-time all-conference, all-city and all-state ... played two seasons (2008-10) with the New Jersey Hitmen in the Empire Junior Hockey League ... had 14 goals and 18 assists for 32 points in 26 games in `09-'10 ... moved to Chicago to play for the Chicago Young Americans Under-18 team in 2010-11 where he played in 35 games, scoring nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points and 75 penalty minutes ... is the son of Keith and Nakta Thomas ... has two siblings, Arianna and Lauren ... born in New York, N.Y. ... enrolled in First Year of Studies at Notre Dame.

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