MARKHAM, ON (August 31, 2018) – Thunder aluma and three-time Olympic gold medalist Cherie Piper has re-joined the organization as an assistant coach. She joins head coach Jim Jackson and assistant coach Kevin Stone on the Thunder bench.
“We are very excited and honoured that Piper will be coming back to the Thunder as our new assistant coach,” says General Manager Chelsea Purcell. “She obviously brings an extensive amount of experience and success, but more importantly, she will bring a grit to the team that complements the style that we play. We are a hardworking team and she will be sure to hold players accountable.”
Purcell continues, “Piper is highly respected amongst the players and will be a great addition to our coaching staff. We are looking forward to having her out next week as we start the push to repeat as champions.”
For more than 15 years, Piper has been a proud Markham resident, and returning to her former club team when looking for coaching opportunities was the perfect fit. “I wanted to get back into coaching because I enjoy the experience of helping others develop and achieve their personal goals,” Piper remarks.
“It’s difficult to improve upon a Clarkson Cup winning season, but I believe there are always small areas that can be developed,” she comments. “I look forward to working with the rest of the staff to continually raise the bar for our athletes.”
Piper’s extensive playing resume will come in handy with her new coaching duties, “I will be able to lean on my own personal experiences to help these athletes succeed.”
Piper played for the Thunder in Brampton from 2010-2013, and also played for Calgary (WWHL), Mississauga (CWHL), North York (original NWHL/COWHL). Over her playing career in the CWHL, Piper amassed 94 points (43 G, 51 A) in 77 games.
Nationally, Piper represented Canada with an outstanding record. Three Olympic gold medals (2002, 2006, 2010), an IIHF World gold medal (2004) and three silver medals (2005, 2008, 2011), and a gold medal at the 4 Nations Cup (2010).
She played her college hockey representing the Dartmouth Big Green, where she was a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award in 2005.
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