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Brampton Thunder
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City Brampton, Ontario
League CWHL
Founded 1999 (1999) (2007 in CWHL)
Home arena Memorial Arena
Colours Black, Silver, White
              
General manager Lori Dupuis
Head coach Tyler Fines
Captain Jocelyne Larocque
Website brampton.cwhl.ca
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 Brampton Memorial Arena 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.

The Brampton Thunder won the first NWHL Championship Cup in 1998-99. The Thunder subsequently made it to the NWHL Championship Cup game three times, but were 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 had 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 - team captain Jayna Hefford’s hometown. 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 appeared in one game for the Brampton Thunder, on loan from the Toronto Aeros.. 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 3-1.[3]

In the championship game of the 2012 Clarkson Cup, Brampton fell to the Montreal Stars 4-2. 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 Goaltender award.

At the 3rd CWHL All-Star Game, Jess Jones of the Thunder, along with Jillian Saulnier both scored a hat trick,[4] becoming the first competitors in CWHL All-Star Game history to achieve the feat.

NCAA exhibition[edit]

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

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[7] 5 Delaney Collins Alberta Pandas women's ice hockey
2011 CWHL Draft[8] 4 Vicki Bendus Mercyhurst Lakers women's ice hockey
2011 6 Courtney Birchard New Hampshire Wildcats women's ice hockey

Season-by-season[edit]

in National Women's Hockey League (NWHL):

in Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL):

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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
2011–12

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

Team captains[edit]

Year(s) Captain
2011-13 Jayna Hefford
2013-14 Tara Gray
2014-present Jocelyne Larocque

Current roster 2015–16[edit]

Updated January 4, 2016.[9]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
24 Canada Birchard, CourtneyCourtney Birchard D L 27 2011 Mississauga, Ontario
44 Canada Cation, TaraTara Cation F 25 2015 Caledon, Ontario
13 Canada Edney, SarahSarah Edney D L 23 2015 Mississauga, Ontario
8 Canada Fortino, LauraLaura Fortino D L 26 2014 Hamilton, Ontario
18 Japan Fujimoto, MoekoMoeko Fujimoto F L 24 2015 Tomakomai, Japan
73 Canada Hannah-Horne, WhitneyWhitney Hannah-Horne F 29 2015 Guelph, Ontario
27 Canada Howe, EricaErica Howe G L 24 2014 Ottawa, Ontario
22 Canada Jones, JessJess Jones F L 26 2013 Picton, Ontario
2 Canada King, BeccaBecca King F 30 2015 Brantford, Ontario
37 Canada Knox, LizLiz Knox G L 28 2011 Stouffville, Ontario
3 Canada Larocque, JocelyneJocelyne Larocque (C) D L 28 2014 Ste. Anne, Manitoba
17 Canada McIntosh, LauraLaura McIntosh F L 27 2012 Kitchener, Ontario
91 Canada McParland, JennaJenna McParland F R 24 2015 Schreiber, Ontario
16 Canada Montgomery, FieldingFielding Montgomery F L 26 2014 Toronto, Ontario
26 Canada Rattray, Jamie LeeJamie Lee Rattray F L 24 2014 Kanata, Ontario
9 Canada Richards, KristenKristen Richards F 24 2015 Toronto, Ontario
23 Canada Scanzano, JesseJesse Scanzano F R 28 2014 Montreal, Quebec
18 Canada Seedhouse, EllieEllie Seedhouse F L 28 2014 Whitby, Ontario
19 Canada Simmonds, DaniaDania Simmonds D L 27 2012 Aurora, Ontario
4 Canada Styles, CandiceCandice Styles D L 26 2014 Orangeville, Ontario
15 Canada Vine, LindsayLindsay Vine F R 35 2012 Kirkland Lake, Ontario
12 Canada Vint, RebeccaRebecca Vint F 24 2015 Bolton, Ontario
28 Canada Whittaker, LeahLeah Whittaker D R 27 2014 Cambridge, Ontario


Coaching staff 2016–17[edit]

  • General Manager: Lori Dupuis
  • Head Coach: Tyler Fines
  • Assistant Coach: Kevin Stone
  • Goal Coach: Rob Beatty

Reference [10]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Season Leader (F) GP G A Pts Leader (D) GP G A Pts PPG SHG GWG
2008-09[11] Jayna Hefford 27 26 32 58 Molly Engstrom 28 9 11 20 Engstrom (7) Lori Dupuis (2) Hefford (6)
2010-11[12] Jayna Hefford 27 25 23 48 Molly Engstrom 28 2 20 22 Hefford (9) Jayna Hefford and Andrea Ironside (1) Jayna Hefford and Gillian Apps (4)
2011-12[13] Gillian Apps 27 19 20 39 Molly Engstrom 27 4 23 27 Jayna Hefford (8) Cherie Piper (1) Apps (4)
2012-13[14] Jayna Hefford 21 15 12 27 Courtney Birchard 24 0 9 9 Gillian Apps (5) Three tied with 1 Apps (3)
2013-14[15] Danielle Skirrow 24 5 10 15 Ashley Pendleton 22 1 9 10 Two tied with 2 None Sasha Nanji (2)
2014-15 Jess Jones 24 7 9 16 Laura Fortino 24 5 10 15 Jones, Carly Mercer (3) Jones, Fielding Montgomery (1) Three tied with 1
2015–16 Jamie Lee Rattray 22 13 16 29 Laura Fortino 24 8 20 28 Rattray (5) Rebecca Vint (2)
Fielding Motgomery (2)
Jess Jones (5)
2016-17 Jess Jones 24 17 20 37 Laura Fortino 20 6 13 19

All-time leaders[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Notable players[edit]

References[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]