|| Ali Thomas
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 make plays under pressure ... will look to take a step this season and become a regular contributor in the Notre Dame lineup ... saw action in 11 games as a freshman, scoring a goal with an assist for two points ... comes to Notre Dame after spending two seasons in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with Chicago and Des Moines ... one of 18 players on the current Notre Dame roster with ties to the USHL ... 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 ... fifteen alumni from the state of New York earned monograms with the Irish, including two-time All-American defenseman Jack Brownschidle (East Amherst), his brother Jeff Brownschidle, forwards David and Robert Bankoske (Williamsville), Brett Henning (Huntington), Frank O'Brien (Albany) and Kevin Patrick (Schenectady) ... 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.
AS A FRESHMAN: Saw action in 11 games at left wing for the Irish in 2013-14 ... scored a goal and added an assist for two points ... had a pair of penalties for four penalty minutes ... had six shots on goal ... was +1 for the year ... scored first career goal in his second game versus Merrimack (Nov. 15) with goal being the game winner ... notched first career assist in 2-0 shutout win over Boston University (Feb. 21) ... did not see any postseason action.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Fieldston School in the Bronx, New York ... 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 2009-10 ... 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 ... moved up to the USHL to play 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 ... son of Keith and Nakta Thomas ... has two siblings, Arianna and Lauren ... born in New York, New York ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame.
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