VANCOUVER – The UBC women’s hockey program will welcome a player with international experience to campus next season as Mathea Fischer of Oslo, Norway, has committed to playing for the Thunderbirds.

“Mathea is a dynamic player who is very strong on the puck, tough in battles and sees the ice very well,” said UBC head coach Graham Thomas of the 5-foot-6 forward. “She is talented to contribute offensively but is defensively responsible as well.

“Mathea plays a complete 200-foot game. She has good size, puck skills and hockey sense which allow her to create offence for herself and her teammates. Mathea has a strong shot with a quick release that she uses off the wing very well. Overall, Mathea is the type of player most coaches love to work with because she is a complete player that does all the little things well. Her dedication and commitment to becoming a better student athlete brought her over from her Native country of Norway to Canada to study and train for the past two seasons.”

Fischer has been playing for the Ontario Hockey Academy. Last season, she recorded 22 goals and 25 assist in 57 games as a junior. So far this year, she has 28 goals and 32 assists in 58 games. Fischer earned the school’s hardest-working player honour in her first year at OHA.

Fischer has been playing in the Norwegian national program since 2011. She has been named the Most Valuable Player of Norway’s Under-18 National Team twice, in 2012 and 2015.

She has competed in four IIHF Under-18 Division I Women’s World Championships, two Women’s World Championships at the Division I level (Group A) and one Olympic Qualification tournament. In 33 games at the international level, Fischer has 13 goals and 14 assists.

Fischer will represent her home country again starting on April 12, as she will play for Norway at the Division I Women’s World Championship (Group A) in Rouen, France.

“Mathea’s experience and success with the U-18 and national team will be very valuable. We know she will be consistently working hard to get better in the classroom, weight room and on the ice, which will be a major focus for our whole team next year,” said Thomas. “We would all like to wish Mathea and her team good luck at the 2015 IIHF Hockey Women’s World Championship in France.”