The Niagara IceDogs are excited to announce the additions of Jason Payne and Khalil Thomas to the hockey operations staff, in prospect development!
Payne and Thomas, both former professional hockey players, bring a wealth of knowledge of the game. Payne currently coaches at the Jr. A level (Tier II), with the Toronto Patriots and the Mississauga Senators (GTHL AAA), after having previously played and coached at the professional level. Thomas previously played 12 seasons professionally and won three championships in that time span. Thier vast experience coaching will help the team improve prospect development to continue being successful in this league.
General Manager Joey Burke praised both Payne and Thomas for their successes experienced earlier their careers, and looks forward to the expertise they can share going forward with the team. “This is a big addition for our staff as an area we have lacked in the past is getting our drafted prospects who have yet to make our club on the ice to develop in Niagara and provide a better chance to make the team in the future. These hiring’s give us as an organization two very respected coaches who will do a great job helping to mold our young prospects, while at the same time contributing to our representation as a whole. I am very excited to be able to add Jason and Kahlil to our team, and know the future has been made brighter because of it.”
We would like to welcome Jason and Khalil to the organization and wish them the best of luck in their new roles!