Coaches

Matt Thomas

Head Coach: Matt Thomas

A native of Maple Ridge, BC, Thomas has extensive head coaching experience in the ECHL, spanning 11 seasons with the Atlantic Boardwalk Bullies, Fresno Falcons, and Stockton Thunder from 2002-2013. Thomas served two seasons as an assistant coach with Atlantic City, including helping the Boardwalk Bullies to a Kelly Cup Championship in 2003, before assuming the role of head coach and Director of Hockey Operations with the team prior to 2004-2005. He compiled a 42-22-8 mark in his lone season as Atlantic City's bench boss, and also served as the head coach for the 2005 ECHL All-Star Game.

He then moved on to Fresno prior to the 2005-06 campaign, leading the Falcons to a 43-15-14 mark along with a trip to the Western Conference Finals. Over the next two seasons in Fresno, Thomas compiled a 76-41-17 record, with trips to the second round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs on both occasions. He coached the Falcons during the first half of 2008-09, leading the team to an 18-10-2 mark before the team ceased operations midseason. Thomas was not out of work for long however, as he was named head coach of Stockton shortly after and finished the year with a record of 22-16-3, and a trip to the second round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs.

Thomas went on to coach the Thunder for four more seasons, amassing a mark of 141-111-36, reaching the post season each year, including a trip to the 2013 Kelly Cup Finals where they fell to the Reading Royals, 4 games to 1. He enters the 2018-19 campaign as the ECHL's sixth-winningest coach with a career record of 342-225-80, just one win back of fifth place all time. He is also the all-time leader in playoff games coached with 97, and ranks third with 49 playoff wins.


Jason Payne

Assistant Coach: Jason Payne

A native of Toronto, ON, Payne served as the Player Development coach of the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) as well as General Manager of the Georgetown Raiders of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). He also coached both the Toronto Patriots of the OJHL and the Mississauga Sens AAA program. Payne is also the owner of the Precision Skating School in Toronto. His school teaches the key dynamics of skating, puck handling techniques, defensive tactics, and other game-related skills. He has worked with all levels of hockey players- from pee wee all the way to professional players.

Prior to his player development career, Payne enjoyed a successful 14-year pro career that saw stops in six different leagues, including 71 games in the AHL with the Mighty Ducks, Carolina Monarchs, Worcester IceCats, and Saint John Flames. He has also racked up 132 games of ECHL action and 140 games in the former United Hockey League (UHL).

Roster

2019-20 Regular Season

Forwards
# Name Pos Height Weight Shoots Birthplace
8 Mason Mitchell F 6-2 206 L Edmonton, AB
9 Nate Mitton F 6-2 185 R Kitchener, Ont
10 John Wiitala F 6-0 180 R Lakeville, MV
11 John Edwardh F 5-11 190 L Calgary, AB
17 Cory Ward F 5-11 201 R Las Vegas, NV
18 Brendan Harms F 6-0 183 R Steinbach, MB
19 Jesse Schultz F 6-0 192 L Strasbourg, SK
24 Pascal Aquin F 6-2 201 R Le Gardeuer, QC
26 Cody Milan F 6-1 205 R Lake Orchard, MI
27 Brady Vail F 6-1 196 L Hendersonville, NC
38 Darik Angeli F 6-3 203 R Lakewood, CO
44 Ben Johnson LW 6-0 195 R Calumet, MI
46 Justin Vaive F 6-5 237 R Buffalo, NY
65 Shaw Boomhower F 5-11 185 R Bellevile, ON
Defencemen
# Name Pos Height Weight Shoots Birthplace
0 Cody Sol D 6-6 235 L Woodstock, ON
3 Kyle Rhodes D 6-3 206 R Powhatan, VA
4 Kurt Gosselin D 6-1 185 R Brighton, MI
5 Scott Dornbrock D 6-3 230 L Harper Woods, MI
6 Justin Baudry D 6-0 183 L La Broquerie, MB
12 Tobie Bisson D 6-3 194 L Rosemere, QC
23 Andrew DeBrincat D 5-7 155 R Farmington Hills, MI
28 DeVante Stephens D 6-2 179 R White Rock, BC
43 Frank Hora D 6-2 209 R Cheektowaga, NY
Goalies
# Name Pos Height Weight Shoots Birthplace
35 Sean Romeo G 6-1 172 R Cary, NC
Team Personnel
  Name Role
  Ray Harris President
  Kristin Ropp General Manager
  Matt Thomas Head Coach
  Jason Payne Assistant Coach

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