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 second year as head coach for the Markham Thunder after winning the Clarkson Cup in his inaugural season.

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 fourth 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.

Assistant Coach: Cherie Piper

Thunder aluma and three-time Olympic gold medalist Cherie Piper has re-joined the organization as an assistant coach. 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.