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The Brampton Canadettes-Thunder is an ice hockey team in the Canadian Women's Hockey League. 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 Canadettes-Thunder play its home games at the Powerade Centre in Brampton, Ontario.

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 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 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. The Thunder won the inauguar CWHL championship.[1]

Thunder 2008CWHL

Lori Dupuis, Vicky Sunohara, Jayna Hefford and Allyson Fox celebrate winning the inaugural CWHL championship in 2008.

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]

2003 Canadian championshipsEdit

The Calgary Oval X-Treme (Team Alberta) and the Brampton Thunder (Team Ontario) competed in the 2003 Esso Women's National Hockey Championship. Team Alberta won by a score of 6-3 in front of over 1,100 fans at Saskatchewan Place. Samantha Holmes scored twice while Colleen Sostorics and Delaney Collins each contributed two assists. Team Alberta outscored their opponents in the tournament 46 to 10. With the win, Team Alberta was awarded the Abby Hoffman Cup.[4]

Players of the gameEdit

  • Dana Antal, Oval X-Treme (Team Alberta)
  • Jayna Hefford, Brampton Thunder (Team Ontario)

Scoring summaryEdit

Period Goal scored by TeamAssisted by Time of Goal
1 Jayna Hefford (ON) Vicky Sunohara 9:50
1 Dana Antal (AB) Colleen Sostorics, Delaney Collins 14:59 Power Play
1 Samantha Holmes (AB) Colleen Sostorics, Delaney Collins 15:34 Power Play
1 Danielle Goyette (AB) Kelly Bechard, Becky Klein-Swormink 16:02
2 Samantha Holmes (AB) Unassisted 4:20
2 Kayley Hall (AB) Jenel Bode, Cassie Campbell 4:41
2 Jayna Hefford (ON) Lori Dupuis 12:00 Power Play
2 Lori Dupuis (ON) Vicky Sunohara 19:12
3 Kelly Bechard (AB) (Danielle Goyette, Dana Antal) 4:04
  • Shots per period
Team Period 1 Period 2Period 3 Total
AB 13 15 17 45
ON 8 17 6 31
  • Goaltending Stats
Player Team ShotsSaves Minutes
Brittony Chartier Team Alberta 31 28 60
Erika Silva Team Ontario 45 39 59

Montreal Axion controversy Edit

  • February 11, 2007: In a game against the Brampton Thunder, the game ended in controversy. The Montreal Axion had a 2-1 lead in the third period. Jesse Scanzano scored two goals with assists going to Annie Derossiers, Cathy Chartrand and Melissa Roy. Brampton tied the game and Jesse Scanzanao missed an open net to put the game away. The teams ended up going to overtime. Annie Derossiers took a penalty at the 3:21 mark in overtime. The game was settled in a shootout, but Derossiers left the penalty box prior to the shootout commencing and took the first shot for the Axion. This violated NWHL rules, which stated that a player serving a penalty at the end of overtime is to remain in the penalty box and would be unavailable for the shootout. The coaching staff and players of the Thunder protested as Montreal won the game in the shootout. [5]
  • The second game of the series against Brampton also violated the policy, rules and protocol that were set by the NWHL. The Thunder were leading 5 – 2 when the game ended due to curfew with 2:04 remaining in the contest. [6] The game was forced to end as the Axion did not book enough ice time. Public skating was scheduled to take place and the game was not in accordance with league rules (which state that a minimum of three hours ice time is required).


  • January 18, 2011: The Brampton 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.[7]

NCAA exhibitionEdit

Date NCAA school Score Goal scorers
Oct. 25, 2011Cornell Big Red women's ice hockey Cornell, 6-0[8]None
Nov. 2, 2011Mercyhurst Lakers women's ice hockey Brampton, 3-1Jayna Hefford, Jesse Scanzano, Vicki Bendus[9]

CWHL Draft PicksEdit

  • The following is a listing of their top draft picks. For full draft information, please see the respective draft pages.
Draft PickPlayer Former Team
2010 CWHL Draft[10] 5 Delaney Collins Alberta Pandas women's ice hockey
2011 CWHL Draft[11] 4 Vicki Bendus Mercyhurst Lakers women's ice hockey
20116 Courtney Birchard New Hampshire Wildcats women's ice hockey

Awards and honorsEdit


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