CWHL announces Lori Dupuis as GM of Brampton Thunder

For immediate release
Thursday, June 13, 2013


MISSISSAUGA, Ont. ??? The Canadian Women?۪s Hockey League is thrilled to announce that Lori Dupuis (Cornwall, Ont.) has been named the new general manager of the Brampton Thunder.

The Olympic gold medallist and three-time world champion represented Canada on the ice for more than a decade, and spent an impressive 15 seasons playing within the Brampton Thunder organization. That includes leading the Brampton franchise to the inaugural CWHL Championship five years ago. The talented forward was named most valuable player of that championship game.

Dupuis officially retired from on-ice competition at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season, but will continue to lead the Brampton Thunder off the ice, as its new general manager.

???I am very pleased to announce Lori Dupuis as our new general manager for the Brampton Thunder,?۝ CWHL commissioner Brenda Andress said. ???She is not only a strong sports leader who has played for Team Canada and captained Brampton for several years; she is also a very skilled business woman with the passion and vision to take her team to the next level.?۝

Dupuis is a successful agent with Your Key Mortgage Partner, Dominion Lending Centres, based in Brampton, Ont. She also worked as an RBC Olympian, serving as a community ambassador after claiming a silver medal at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, and winning a gold medal at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. She runs the Lori Dupuis & Jayna Hefford Female Hockey School in Kingston, Ont., with long-time Canada?۪s National Women?۪s Team and Brampton Thunder teammate Jayna Hefford.

"I am very excited to take on this new challenge,?۝ Dupuis said. ???Playing with the Brampton Thunder since their inaugural season in 1998, I’m proud to give back to the team, the city and the people who have supported me. Brampton has been a huge part of my life and I look forward to building a successful program and championship team."

Dupuis earned a Bachelor of Arts, specializing in French and Geography, from the University of Toronto, where she also played Varsity Blues women?۪s hockey, leading the team in scoring and being named an Ontario University Athletics (OUA) All-Star five times over the course of her Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) career. She is a member of the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame, Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame, Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame, University of Toronto Athletics Hall of Fame, among receiving numerous additional accolades.

About the Canadian Women?۪s Hockey League (CWHL):
The CWHL is the most premier, professionally run women’s hockey league in the world. It enables elite female hockey players to pursue their dreams of competing at the highest level possible, while enhancing the lives of others through exceptional athleticism, entertainment and motivation. The league is centrally funded, with all participating teams in the CWHL receiving equal access to financial support and given the same opportunities to succeed. The CWHL is a not-for-profit organization, with every dollar going towards building a league that is dedicated to raising the profile of women’s hockey, providing a place for the best female players in the world to compete and inspiring the next generation of female hockey heroines. Since the CWHL?۪s inception in 2007, each hockey season has culminated in an exciting play-off round in which the top teams face off for the Clarkson Cup, named after former Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson.

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