New-look Thunder set to open CWHL season in Boston

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BRAMPTON- The Brampton Thunder of the Canadian Women?۪s Hockey League is getting ready to kick off their 2013-2014 season in a new home and with a new general manager.

Brampton will be playing out of Century Gardens Recreation Centre with recently retired player, Lori Dupuis, taking over the reins as general manager.

The Thunder will start the season on the road, with back-to-back games in Boston on Saturday and Sunday before returning home to face the newly renamed, Calgary Inferno, Sunday, Nov. 10.

Along with Dupuis as general manager, Pat Cocklin returns as head coach, while Stephanie Burlton and Donna Lynn Rosa make their debut as assistant coaches.

Boasting a talented roster, Brampton had third-place finishes in the previous two seasons and an appearance in the 2012 Clarkson Cup final game.

Six players were among the top 25 in CWHL scoring last year.

With Dupuis and Cherie Piper retiring and Gillian Apps, Jayna Hefford, Vicki Bendus, Bailey Bram and Courtney Birchard away with Canada?۪s National Women?۪s Team preparing for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Brampton?۪s younger players will see much more ice time to show their skills.

To fill this void, Dupuis drafted four very talented forwards among Brampton?۪s top five picks in the 2013 CWHL Draft.

First pick, Jess Jones, is a former Mercyhurst University standout, who spent last season playing for Pantera Minsk of the Elite Women?۪s Hockey League overseas, where she had 53 points (28 goals, 25 assists) in 19 games.

Tara Gray, Tara French, Dania Simmonds and Mallory Johnston will be returning on defense while Jennifer Kirk, Laura MacIntosh, Sarah Moe and Lindsay Vine will be returning as forwards.

Brampton also welcomes back Ashley Pendleton on the blue line and Sonja van der Bliek between the pipes.

The full roster, ticket prices and season passes can be found online at www.brampton.cwhl.ca