T.J. Thornton will serve as the goalie coach for Champions Hockey Academy in Poway, California. Coach Thornton was the goalie for Arizona State University (ACHA) from 2011 to 2013, where he appeared in 40+ games for the Sun Devils.
Coach Thornton brings goalie coaching experience, spending four years as a goalie instructor for Mass Crease Goaltending (MA) headed by Boston University goalie coach, Brian Eklund. During the 2010-2011 season, Thornton served as the Walpole High School (MA) Girls Varsity goalie coach. Thornton has spent time in camps with the likes of NHL goaltenders such as Corey Schnieder, Scott Darling and Mike Condon.
He grew up playing net for Waltham Youth Hockey (MA), followed by one year of Waltham High School Varsity hockey. Following a run to the Massachusetts State Tournament, Thornton left his home to play Junior Hockey for the Portland Jr. Pirates (MJHL), before returning to Massachusetts to play for the Walpole Express. Spending time with both the AJHL and MJHL squads in Walpole, Thornton was named to the 2010 & 2011 MJHL All-Star teams.
Coach TJ currently works as the marketing and social media producer for the San Diego Gulls.