Friday Flashback: Thomas scored most goals for Alaskan at D1

August 6, 2021

Ambria Thomas

Ambria Thomas of Fairbanks has the distinction of scoring more goals at the NCAA D1 level than any other college hockey player from Alaska.

The fab forward racked up 89 career goals at the University of Minnesota from 1997 to 2001.

She was the first and so far only Alaska woman to play hockey for the Golden Gophers.

Her scoring total is one more than Brian Swanson’s 88 goals at Colorado College from 1995 to 1999. The next highest woman is Fairbanks’ Kim Haman with 64 at Northeastern from 1991 to 1995.

Thomas, of West Valley High fame, twice scored 25 goals in a season, the top single-season total among D1 women from Alaska. She had another season with 24 goals.

Thomas and Palmer’s Kerry Weiland of Wisconsin share the Alaska single-season assist record of 37, set one season a part; Thomas did it in 1999-2000 and Wieland matched it in 2000-2001.

Thomas bagged 89-112-201 scoring totals in 134 career games. She ranks seventh on Minnesota’s all-time points list, two decades after playing her last game.

She is the only Alaska woman to collect 50 points in a season and 200 points in a career at the D1 level.

Friday Flashback is a series created by Alaska Sports Hall of Fame blog editor Van Williams that looks back on great Alaska athletes from the past. To read about other Alaskans featured in this series, click here.