ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Abby Thiessen has signed a one-year contract to play for Leksands IF in the Swedish Women's Hockey League, the top pro league for women in the country.

As a senior in 2019-20 for St. Cloud State, Thiessen had 37 blocked shots, four goals, 13 points and 24 penalty minutes in 33 games. In three seasons with the Huskies, she had 10 goals, 19 assists, 46 penalty penalty minutes and 164 blocked shots in 105 games. She also was named to the Academic All-WCHA team twice and was a finance major.

Thiessen, who is from Red Deer, Alberta, played her first college season at the University of North Dakota.

"I've talked to some of the players I played with here at home and everyone says the SDHL is one of the very best leagues to play in after college and that SDHL is one of the best leagues in the world," she said in a news release. "I want to be able to contribute with calm and stability in the defensive game, be able to start the game in a good way and follow the offense when the opportunities are given."

8 signed for 2020-21

The Huskies have had eight players sign national letters of intent to play for St. Cloud State in the fall.

The group includes goalie Sanni Ahola (Helsinki, Finland), forwards MacKenzie Bourgerie (St. Michael, Minn.), Emma Gentry (Alpena, Mich.), Allison Green (Anchorage, Alaska), Linnea Melotindos (Tampere, Finland) and Nicole Ness (Apple Valley, Minn.) and defensemen Devyn Millwater (Brentwood Bay, British Columbia) and Adela Skrdlova (Trebic, Czech Republic).

Ahola played last season for Helsingin IFK in the Women's Liiga and had a .914 save percentage and played for Finland's Under-18 national team in 2017 and 2018.

Bourgerie had 20 goals and 42 points in 25 games for the North Wright County Riverhawks and was the Mississippi 8 Offensive Player of the Year.

Gentry played for the 19-and-under HoneyBaked team and had 50 goals and 76 points in 50 games. She played for Team USA in the 2020 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championships and helped the Americans win the gold medal.

Green played for the 19-and-under AAA Girls Belle Tire Hockey team last season and has attended USA Girls National Camps from 2017-19.

Ness played last season for the 19-and-under Alaska All-Stars.

Skrdlova played for SK Horacka Slavia Trebic and played for the Czech Republic national team in the Under-18 IIHF World Championships (2017-19).

Melotindos played for Kiekko-Espoo and had five goals and 16 points in 22 games. She has played in three Under-18 IIHF World Championships (2016-18) and has also played for Finland's U-23 national team.

Millwater played last season for Pursuit of Excellence in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League and had 19 points in 24 games.

St. Cloud State was 6-25-4 overall last season in Steve Macdonald's first season as head coach.

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