Coaching Staff

Head Coach – Jim Jackson

Jim is bringing over 20 years of coaching experience, with the last 15 years being in the OWHA, PWHL and OUA. He spent the past two seasons as the Assistant Coach for the UOIT Ridgebacks, where he was instrumental in the growth of their women’s program.

Prior to beginning his coaching career, Jim was a former professional hockey player with the Calgary Flames and Buffalo Sabres. He played 5 seasons with the Rochester Americans where he won a Calder Cup Championship in 1987. Jim’s tremendous hockey career landed him in the Rochester Americans Hockey Hall of Fame as well as the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame.

This is Jim’s first year as head coach for the Markham Thunder and is very excited to be coaching in the CWHL.

Assistant Coach: Candice Moxley

Moxley  served as the Head Coach for Buffalo State Women’s Division III hockey team for the past four seasons.  Moxley led the Bengals to the ECAC West playoffs for the first time in six years during her first season behind the bench, and was named ECAC West Coach of the Year in 2015.  Under Moxley, the Buffalo State Bengals won a program-best 35 games in the past two seasons (35-16-2) and has made four-consecutive postseason appearances, including earning its first-ever postseason victory last season. 

She has also worked as a video coach with Hockey Canada’s women’s development team from 2013-2015.   Prior to Buffalo State, Moxley spent two seasons as an assistant coach at The Ohio State University and two years as an assistant at Robert Morris University, both are NCAA division I programs.

A native of Markham, Ontario, Moxley was a four-year player at Division I Niagara from 2001-05 and played Women’s professional hockey for 3 years in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL).  Moxley has also been a member of Canadian Women’s Inline team and Canadian Women’s Ball Hockey team competing internationally at world’s tournaments.

Assistant & Goalie Coach: Kevin Stone

Kevin hails from Orangeville, ON where he played his minor hockey and then skated for his hometown Junior team the Orangeville Crushers. He played in the NCAA for the Fredonia State Blue Devils. As a goaltender he was a 2 year captain and had an All-American nomination his senior year. After College Stone joined the pro ranks where he played in the Florida Panthers farm system with the Port Huron Bordercats and the Louisville Panthers. After minor league stops in South Carolina, Ohio and Texas, Stone started his coaching career with the Bozeman ICEDOGS of the NAHL. Kevin returned to Orangeville to coach in the OJHL and is looking forward to being a part of the Markham Thunder organization for his third straight season. Kevin is very excited to be taking on an additional position this year as our goalie coach. During the off season, Kevin is the General Manager of the Orangeville Golf and Country Club where the Thunder hosted their inaugural Pre Season Golf Classic.

Strength & Conditioning Coach: Adam Murphy

Dr. Adam Murphy is a chiropractor and he is in his first year as the team’s Strength and Conditioning Coach. Before becoming a chiropractor, Dr. Murphy studied Health Studies and Kinesiology at Wilfrid Laurier University and Brock University, respectively, for 3 years. While studying at Brock University, he was awarded the Brock Returning Scholars Award for his academic achievement in 2011 and 2012. Dr. Murphy concurrently worked in labs as a research assistant at Brock University, analyzing research in the fields of human movement and skeletal muscle function. More recently, he graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College this past June. He has obtained certifications in acupuncture, soft tissue treatment/ rehab, Active Release Technique®, and Strength & Conditioning from the National Strength and Conditioning Association®. Previously, Dr. Murphy has worked with local youth hockey teams, as a team trainer for the last 2 years providing sideline care for players. When he’s not at the rink with the Markham Thunder, Dr. Murphy can be found in the Active Health Centre located at 254 Markham Main Street.