Cetacean Nation has often said that our players would be great role models even if they had never laced up a pair of skates. And we told our new import from the SDHL, defender Allie Munroe, that she seems to fit that bill perfectly. She thanked us, and said “That’s what I try to do in the world of hockey, being a good person I guess.” She has studied for and pursued a path currently in social work, and we’ll discuss that in a bit. But how she is perceived by fans based on her style of play might be a little different as you'll see as well. Allie revealed part of that conundrum when she responded to our query about how she would describe her style of play. Her scouting report on herself was this:
“I think I like to play pretty tough, kind of play on the edge, that’s how I would describe it. On the edge is when I’m just right there, could be a penalty, could not be, you know? Usually I get away with them. Hopefully"she chuckled "we’ll see though. Hopefully they ( the refs) let us play a bit. Women’s hockey is physical, so it’s fun when they let us play both sides. I love jumping in the offense as much as I can and helping in that area. But I’d say I’m defense first, blocking shots, getting the puck out, and then hopefully creating some offense with that. I just try to be tough to play against.”
Connecticut native and Columbus Blue Jacket forward Cam Atkinson was talking about skating when he said “Your edge work is most crucial.” But former NHL forward and Skating with the Stars icon Colten Orr would certainly embrace Cam’s remark on that kind of edge work. And former NHL enforcer and Connecticut Whale Coach Colten Orr would most certainly embrace Allie’s remarks on her other type of “edge work.” The Most Exciting Team in Hockey just keeps getting more so!
So how was it that Allie came Tom the Pod from the SDHL we wondered, and she replied
“I actually talked to Colten last year. I reached out to a few teams in the NWHL, I just wanted to kind of explore my options. I had a really good couple of conversations with Colton, but I decided to go back to Sweden. This upcoming season I was like: You know what, I’ll send him another email. And it just kind of fell into place. The talks with Colten kind of propelled that, and just finding out more about the Whale organization and the NWHL as a whole. I wanted to be a part of it.”
Allie hails from the town of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia near the mouth of the Bay of Fundy. When we asked her about how she got started in hockey there, she explained
"From a small town it’s maybe not as easy to get noticed so you can’t give up. Hard work is what’s going to get you to where you want to be at the end of the day, with anything in life, not just hockey. I have two older brothers, so you know, just watching them growing up they were playing soccer and playing hockey. And I wanted to do the same things they did. So right when I took to the ice, I loved it. I always played defense, ever since I was young, I never switched. I had to play with the boys growing up, until about the second year of Bantam and then I went to prep school. It was a great experience, I think I learned a lot from that. Yarmouth is a pretty small town, and Nova Scotia is a pretty small province. Coming from a small town I think you’ve got to work hard to get noticed because there’s not a mess of scouts at your games, not many people know you. So you’ve really got to try and get your name out there. I’m pretty blessed, everyone supports me down here, so it’s great.”
Allie was a multi sport athlete as a youngster as well, and told us “I played soccer, badminton, and I ran track. I ran the 400 meters, I always loved the sprinting. Past the 400 I was like: OK, never mind” she laughed “And when I got to prep school I played lacrosse, so kind of any sport I just loved and I wanted to play.”
Allie mentioned prep school, and she starred on the ice for New Hampton, located in the state of New Hampshire. She led her squad to a conference championship, and was a Lakes Region All-Star and NH All-State selection, so how did it come to,pass that she came to the US for her secondary schooling?
"So actually I played against Mallory Rushton growing up, she plays for the Riveters. And she was always a good buddy of mine and she went to New Hampton the year before me. So I kind of found out about prep school through her. And then I went to a showcase and met the coach, and it all kind of just happened from there. But definitely she was that influence to get me going to prep school, because we didn’t know much about it.”
Allie also starred for Team Nova Scotia, was a team MVP, and received their Hard Hat Award. Allie described it by saying “Basically I would chalk it up as they chose me as the hardest working player.. It’s an honor to get an award like that, if people value your hard work, that’s really important to me. So just to be recognized for that was special. I loved my days playing for Hockey Nova Scotia. I miss it " she chuckled "it's been a few years for sure.”