OGDEN, UT. – The Ogden Mustangs, proud members of the United States Premier Hockey League, are excited to announce the signing of Tucker Thorstad for the 2021-22 season.
Thorstad (Mesa, AZ) joined the Mustangs last season after watching his hometown team take the ice in Ogden since their inception in 2011. The speedy and tenacious forward quickly asserted himself in the lineup and seized his opportunity.
"It’s an incredible feeling coming back to play with the Mustangs again this year and be able to be with the organization and play in front of the best fans in the USPHL. It’s definitely a good place to get because the coaching staff and players are all great and it’s gonna be a good year."
The 5-10, 155 lbs two-way forward scored 25 points in 49 games and finished tied for 5th in goals for Ogden in 20-21. Thorstad was a staple on the Penalty Killing group where he was often seen skating alongside Gio Ursillo. The duo paid dividends for the Mustangs and remained in their special teams spots all season.
"The mindset for me I think is to just keep going and continue to get better and better. Last year was a good first season being the youngest guy. I was able to watch, pick up on the things older guys would do and digest everything. I think a big thing for me this year is to stick with everything and keep going."
Head Coach Kenny Orlando returns a proven and young scoring winger to the fold. The signing of Thorstad pushes the Mustangs roster to seven already and he is a foundational player that is integral to the lineup every game.
"Tucker will be a big piece to our forward puzzle for the 2021-2022 season. When Tuck is on, he has the ability to change the game in the Mustangs favor. He is a pleasure to work with because of his determination to improve every day and acceptance of constructive criticism. He has a promising career ahead of him and we’re excited to keep challenging him in his second year as a Mustang."
With one year under his belt, Thorstad is looking forward to build off of the momentum that he and his teammates had from 20-21.
"The big goal for me is, obviously, bring Ogden its first championship title. Last year was a good step towards that goal and now with the guys just going to get better it’s gonna be exciting to see, and i think it’s about time Ogden gets that championship. For the fans, they should be expecting one of, if not, the most exciting years of Mustangs hockey they've seen."
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