The Brampton Thunder are excited to announce the hiring of their new 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.
Jim’s biggest assets are his knowledge of the game, communication abilities and overall character. “We believe Jim has a skillset that will take our program to the next level. His professionalism, demeanour and knowledge of the game are hard to find in a coach,” said Interim General Manager, Chelsea Purcell. “We are very lucky to have Jim join the Thunder organization and are very excited for the 2017-2018 season.”
Jim is a huge advocate of the women’s game and is excited to share his knowledge and love for the game with the Thunder. When asked what he is most excited for, Jim said “to watch players buy into systems, execute to perfection and become part of a team.” Jim mentions he is going to bring commitment, work ethic, structure and understanding of the women’s game. Most importantly, he is going to bring “a winning approach and attitude” that he believes will make the team successful.