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.
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, andGillian 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. 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. In the second period of said contest, Scanzano scored the game-winning goal as the Thunder defeated the Lakers by a 3-1 tally.
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.
- The following is a listing of their top draft picks. For full draft information, please see the respective draft pages.
|2010 CWHL Draft||5||Delaney Collins||Alberta Pandas women's ice hockey|
|2011 CWHL Draft||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):See also: 1998–99 NWHL season, 1999–2000 NWHL season, 2000–01 NWHL season, 2001–02 NWHL season, 2002–03 NWHL season, 2003–04 NWHL season, 2005–06 NWHL season, 2006–07 NWHL season, 2007–08 CWHL season, 2008–09 CWHL season, 2009–10 CWHL season, 2010–11 CWHL season, and 2011–12 CWHL season
in Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL):
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points.
|= Indicates First Place finish|
|= Indicates championship|
|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|
|29||||Geneviève Lacasse||Polytechnic Rensselaer Engineers women's ice hockey||Montreal, Quebec|
|37||||Liz Knox||Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks||Stouffville, Ontario|
- 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
- Student Athletic Therapist: Angela Kerr
- Brampton Canadettes Thunder won the first CWHL championship on 22 March 2008, winning 4-3 over the Mississauga Chiefs in the final.
- Lori Dupuis, Top forward in the 2010 Clarkson Cup
- Molly Engstrom, Top defender in the 2010 Clarkson Cup
- Bobbi-Jo Slusar, Player of the Game, 2010 Clarkson Cup Final