Allie Munroe being tough to play against here for Djurgården. "“I think I like to play pretty tough, kind of play on the edge, that’s how I would describe it.

ALLIE MUNROE: LIVIN’ ON THE EDGE


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.”

Allie carrying the puck for Syracuse during her senior season, Photo by Ally Walsh

The next big choice Allie had to make was college, and she told us this about the process that led her to don the orange sweater at Syracuse University.

“I guess I was looking at a few schools, but I didn’t really have many offers, if I’m being honest. So I visited a few schools, but Syracuse kind of just felt like home. It was a bigger campus, and I wanted a different experience, being from a small town and going to a smaller prep school. I just wanted that big campus experience, and I liked the coaches, and it all just fell into place for me. So I’m super, super grateful that I went to Syracuse, I loved every minute of it.”

Allie had a great career with Syracuse, scoring 15 goals and registering 51 assists with 92 PIM over her four years. When we asked about her favorite moment on the ice at Syracuse, she stated

“Pretty easy answer for me, my senior year we won our first CHA Championship. That was super special, the program had never won one. And just to be the first group that did that, and in my senior year! That was a moment I’ll never forget. Then we got to play Wisconsin in in the top eight in the NCAA tournament. So just to have your season continue on, it was an awesome experience. And to see my coach, Paul Flanagan, finally get one, he really deserved it. So all of it was really special.”

 In that 6-2 win versus Robert Morris University for the CHA Championship, Allie had an assist on a goal by 2020 Whale draft pick Savannah Rennie!

Another interesting part of Allie’s hockey career came during her time with Syracuse, but not at the university. She was selected to attend the Canadian National Women’s Development Team selection camps, and she told us

 “The National Development Team started after my freshman year of college. It was awesome! I remember getting my first email after my freshman year, I didn’t expect it at all. I had never gotten an email or got to go to a U18 camp or anything. So it was always a dream of mine, and when I got that email I was ecstatic, I was super happy. And then just going to the camps, it’s been a great experience. But that first email, I remember it, I was so excited! It just came out of nowhere, it was awesome. The first one was just a fitness camp and it was in Ontario at one of the universities.and next one as always, was in Calgary.”

We mentioned in the opening paragraph that Allie pursued her degree in Social Work at Syracuse. We asked her to tell us a little about that, and why she chose that track.

Basically with social work as a major you have to do an internship. Which I think is pretty cool, just to get out of the classroom and get to do real life things, and hopefully impact people along the way. So I had a great internship at Syracuse (Huntington Family Center- Hope Program), it was an awesome experience. It definitely was a lot of time, but I learned so much. I worked at a youth homeless shelter (SHYFT House) last summer here in Yarmouth, so I have been able to use my social work degree. I’m super happy about it, it teaches me so much and really puts tings in perspective. I gained a lot of experience in that internship in Syracuse, and the social work degree in general. I also worked with families and shadowed someone at the Syracuse Housing Authority. A lot of different avenues that taught me a lot and got me out in the community.” 

She continued “I always wanted to do something to help people, building relationships with people. And trying to figure out a degree, I just thought as I kind of learned more about social work, that was the right fit for me. Trying to help people in that way and give back. It was always a goal of mine, and social work just kind of fit the mold for me. Who knows if that will be in my life’s path, but I’ve learned so much along the way. And have been able to use it and hopefully help people and impact people as much as I can.”

Allie's SDHL team published this shoutout to her after she signed with the Whale: Djurgården thanks Allie Munroe for her significant efforts in Stockholm, and wishes her all the best going forward.

Djurgarden was thankful as well, especially this past season as Allie and her teammates made it to the semi-finals in the SDHL,playoffs before being eliminated by the eventual champions Lulea. During her stint within the SDHL, Allie played against both former Whale Michelle Lowenhielm, Meeri Raisanen, and Katerina Mrazova, and her new Season Seven teammate Kennedy Marchment of course. And Allie  told us  “I know Michelle actually, so maybe someday she’ll come be a Whale again" she laughed." There’s a big Duluth (University of Minnesota-Duluth) following in Sweden, there are a ton of girl’s who’ve been there who end up going to Sweden so maybe they’ll come to the Whale & the NWHL too!” 

Looking back, Allie revealed her favorite part about playing in Sweden. “I just think all the people I met, and different perspectives I gained. The hockey was great, and my teammmates and just living in a new culture, was really special.just it my first taste of professional hockey, it was great.”  We asked if she had picked up much of the Swedish language while she was there, and she laughed and admitted  “Not as much as I’d like! I don’t think I’m the best at languages! But I like to think that I understood “hockey Swedish”. My coach just decided to speak Swedish some days, and some days half English or all English. I just tried to figure out what he said, and also with the girls in the locker room. So I like to think I understand a little “hockey Swedish”, but can’t speak much”. 

We also asked Allie about what experience a fan might expect at a SDHL rink and she said

"I would say it’s quite different. Especially with the men’s game, they’re chanting the entire game. They don’t stop. Chanting, singing, it’s pretty cool. Even when we’d get s get a good amount of fans it would be the same thing. But even if there was one fan, with one flag, he’sd still be chanting. So it’s a pretty cool experience, they don’t care who’s around them they”rescreaming, yelling, singing, doing whatever." she laughed. "I think if anyone goes to Europe, a lot of the sports are like that. Kind of more like a soccer vibe in a hockey rink, that’s how I would describe it.”

Allie with a linker smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) caught near her hometown of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

We also had a handful of Rapid Response questions for Allie,nand here they are with her responses.

We had posted a photo of Allie recently with a beautiful smallmouth bass she’d caught, and congratulated her on the catch and asked about her fishing.

 “Thank you, I appreciate it. I couldn’t tell you how big it was, but my brother’s also caught some monster fish. We have our special spot, you have to walk through the woods, and we’ve definitely caught a few monsters in that spot. I live in a fishing community, and actually one of my brothers is a lobster fisherman. So we’d always go fishing together. I love fishing, I’d fish everywhere and anywhere if I could. We like doing that, and it’s just a common, common hobby around here. I’ll bring my fishing rod to Connecticut for sure.” I didn’t get to Connecticut too much, so I’m really excited to be in Connecticut and travel around a little more”

Are you doing any coaching or have plans to?

"I‘ve helped with Hockey Nova Scotia, their camps and stuff. I love coaching, I think that is something I’d love to get into after I’m done playing. I can’t really see myself getting out of the game of hockey. So hopefully I can coach at some level and keep moving my way up. But definitely it is a dream of mine.”

Considering that you’ve played in a lot of different venurepes, which is your favorite rink?

“A tough one. But in college, I loved going to Penn State's rink. That was an awesome rink to go to, they had a good fan base some of the games, and they gave us a nice locker room"she chuckled.  "It was always good, and we always had good outcomes. There, so I have positive memories.” It’s a beautiful campus In Sweden they were all pretty cool, but I guess four years of going down to Penn State, it just kind of stuck with me,” Note: Allie had a lot of success individually down in Hockey Valley as well, scoring two goals and registering four assists in her games there with Syracuse!

Do you have any particular game snack ot routines?

“No specific meal or snack. I likd to tape my stick before the game, and sit in the stands. Usually try to have some fun in warm-ups, keep things light, play soccer. Nothing too serious.”

Do you have any pets?

"I have two cats, and my brother has a golden retriever named Marty whoI love. He’s part of the family now too. I’m hoping to get my own dog at some point, but it’s hard with hockey. The cats are Mosely and Simon. We’ve had Simon for a long time, he’s getting old. He’s a great cat.”

Then we asked Allie to share some ring most fans wouldn’t know about he. Her answer gave the other side of the coin to her on ice edginess.

 “Hmmm, I guess when they see me play on the ice, maybe they think I’m mean or tough. But I think I’m pretty approachable, and not as mean off the ice" she laughed. "People should know.”

Indeed, they should know about Allie both on and off the ice. And thanks to her insightful replies and content, they now have some of the picture. A big Fins Up thanks to our new amazing blueliner Allie Munroe. We can't wait to see and hear here style of play in Danbury!