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Brampton Thunder (CWHL)
City Brampton, Ontario
League CWHL
Founded 1999 (1999) (2007 in CWHL)
Home arena Powerade Centre
Colours White and Red
General manager Lori Dupuis
Head coach Pat Cochlin
Captain Jayna Hefford

Opening match of the season 2011-12 for Brampton Thunder

The Brampton Thunder is an ice hockey team in the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL). The Thunder play its home games at the Powerade Centre in Brampton, Ontario. Previous names for the team include Brampton Canadettes Thunder.

Team history[edit]

While the CWHL team was formed in 2007, its roster was actually built from the old Brampton Thunder team from the disbanded National Women's Hockey League. The Brampton Thunder was a significant contributor to the roster of the Canadian national women's hockey team at the 2006 Winter Olympics, with three players (Vicky Sunohara, Jayna Hefford, and Gillian Ferrari) all contributing to Canada's gold medal win. Brampton Thunder player Kathleen Kauth also participated in the 2006 Winter Olympics, playing for the bronze medal-winning American national women's hockey team. A fifth Brampton Thunder player, goaltender Cindy Eadie, also participated in the Olympics, in 2004, with the Canadian softball team.

Brampton Thunder win the first NWHL Championship Cup in 1998-99. After the Thunder have made it to the NWHL Championship Cup game three times, but has been defeated each time; first by the Beatrice Aeros in 2002, then by the Calgary Oval X-Treme in 2004, and finally by the Montreal Axion in 2006. They also played in the Esso Women's Nationals and were victorious in 2006, defeating the Montreal Axion to claim the national title.

The Thunder also have the distinction of having their home arena serve as the site of all NWHL Championship Cup games.

In 2007, the NWHL suspended operations. Players from the seven disbanded NWHL teams joined seven corresponding teams in the new Canadian Women's Hockey League. Players from the NWHL Brampton Thunder joined the CWHL Brampton Canadettes-Thunder. On January 18, 2011, the Thunder competed against the Montreal Stars at the Invista Centre in Kingston, Ontario. This is team captain Jayna Hefford’s hometown and she scored a goal in front of her closest friends, family and fans. In addition, her number 15 was raised to the rafters of the Invista Centre on behalf of the Kingston Area Minor Hockey Association. As of 2012, no sweaters bearing Hefford’s number will be used in Kingston Minor Hockey.[1] On November 2, 2011, Jesse Scanzano was on loan from the Toronto Furies, as she appeared in one game for the Brampton Thunder. The game was an exhibition contest versus her alma mater, the Mercyhurst Lakers.[2] In the second period of said contest, Scanzano scored the game-winning goal as the Thunder defeated the Lakers by a 3-1 tally.[3]

In the championship game of the 2012 Clarkson Cup, Brampton fell to the Montreal Stars by a 4-2 tally. In the second period, Jayna Hefford found the puck alone in front of the Stars net, but was stopped by netminder Jenny Lavigne. In the third period, the Thunder were down by a 3-0 tally. Courtney Birchard started the scoring for Brampton (assisted by Vicki Bendus and Andrea Ironside) and with two minutes left in the game, Cherie Piper scored an unassisted goal to cut the lead to 4-2 (which would remain the final tally). Two Thunder players earned awards for their play in the Clarkson Cup. The Outstanding Defender award was given to Molly Engstrom, and netminder Liz Knox was given the Outstanding Goalkeeper award.

NCAA exhibition[edit]

Date NCAA school Score Goal scorers
Oct. 25, 2011 Cornell Big Red women's ice hockey Cornell, 6-0[4] None
Nov. 2, 2011 Mercyhurst Lakers women's ice hockey Brampton, 3-1 Jayna Hefford, Jesse Scanzano, Vicki Bendus[5]

CWHL Draft Picks[edit]

  • The following is a listing of their top draft picks. For full draft information, please see the respective draft pages.
Draft Pick Player Former Team
2010 CWHL Draft[6] 5 Delaney Collins Alberta Pandas women's ice hockey
2011 CWHL Draft[7] 4 Vicki Bendus Mercyhurst Lakers women's ice hockey
2011 6 Courtney Birchard New Hampshire Wildcats women's ice hockey


in National Women's Hockey League (NWHL):

in Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL):

Year GP W L T GF GA Pts
1998-99 40 30 7 3 203 76 63
1999-2000 40 29 5 6 208 64 64
2000–01 40 30 7 3 223 82 63
2001–02 30 8 14 8 223 82 63
2002–03 36 27 9 0 152 71 54
2003–04 36 28 6 2 190 72 58
2004–05 36 30 4 2 165 70 63
2005–06 36 19 12 5 113 97 43
2006–07 16 8 8 0 71 66 16
2007–08 30 22 7 1 111 59 45
2008–09 26 19 6 1 n/a n/a 39
2009–10 29 9 19 1 n/a n/a 27
2010–11 26 19 6 1 111 69 39

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points.

Season standings[edit]

= Indicates First Place finish
= Indicates championship
Year League Reg. Season Playoffs
1998-99 National Women's Hockey League 2nd, Western Division Won the NWHL Championship
1999-2000 National Women's Hockey League 2nd, Western Division lost the Western Division Final
2000-01 National Women's Hockey League 2nd, Western Division elimined in first round
2001-02 National Women's Hockey League 3rd, Western Division no participation to playoff
2002-03 National Women's Hockey League 2nd, Central Division lost in first round
2003-04 National Women's Hockey League 2nd, Central Division lost in first round
2004-05 National Women's Hockey League First place, Central Division lost in first round
2005-06 National Women's Hockey League 3rd (one Division now) Finalist, lost in final game
2006-07 National Women's Hockey League 3rd Won the NWHL Championship
2007-08 Canadian Women's Hockey League 1st Overall Central Division Won the CWHL Championship
2008-09 Canadian Women's Hockey League 2nd, (one division now) elimined in first round
2009-10 Canadian Women's Hockey League 4th lost in Second round
2010-11 Canadian Women's Hockey League 2nd lost in first round
2011-12 Canadian Women's Hockey League

Current roster 2011-12[edit]

# Country Player Former Team Hometown
29 Canada Geneviève Lacasse[8] Polytechnic Rensselaer Engineers women's ice hockey[9] Montreal, Quebec
37 Canada Liz Knox[10] Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks Stouffville, Ontario
# Country Player Former Team Hometown
9 United States Molly Engstrom United States women's national ice hockey team Siren, Wisconsin
20 Canada Allyson Fox York Lions women's ice hockey Toronto, Ontario
22 Canada Tara Gray Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs women's ice hockey Madoc, Ontario
27 Canada Kerri Palmer York Lions women's ice hockey Holland Landing, Ontario
34 Canada Ashley Pendleton[11] Mercyhurst Lakers women's ice hockey East Garafraxa, Ontario
# Country Player Former Team Hometown
4 Canada Britney Selina[12] Clarkson Golden Knights women's ice hockey Thornhill, Ontario
7 Canada Cherie Piper (A) Canada women's national ice hockey team Toronto, Ontario
10 Canada Gillian Apps (A) Canada women's national ice hockey team Unionville, Ontario
11 Canada Vicki Bendus Mercyhurst Lakers women's ice hockey Wasaga Beach, Ontario
12 Canada Lori Dupuis Canada women's national ice hockey team Cornwall, Ontario
16 Canada Jayna Hefford (C) Canada women's national ice hockey team Kingston, Ontario
66 Canada Andrea Ironside[13] Laurier Golden Hawks women's ice hockey Collingwood, Ontario
71 Canada Jennefer Kirk[14] Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs women's ice hockey Brampton, Ontario
77 Canada Brooke Beazer Clarkson Golden Knights women's ice hockey Kingston, Ontario
93 Canada Ashley Riggs Burlington Barracudas Peterborough, Ontario


Coaching staff 2011-12[edit]

  • General Manager: Jody Katz
  • Head Coach: Karen Hugues
  • Assistant Coach: Karen Spence
  • Assistant Coach: Jayson Martineau
  • Assistant Coach: Dennis Maruk
  • Head Athletic Therapist: Bennie Porcelli
  • Assistant Athletic Therapist:Jenn Pereira
  • Assistant Athletic Therapist: Angela Kerr

Reference [16]

Awards and honors[edit]

Notable players[edit]


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