HOCKEY OPERATIONS

Brian Thompson
Head Coach & GM

Brian Thompson will lead the Stampede into the 2022-23 season, his first season as the team's Head Coach and General Manager.

Thompson, who is entering his fourth season of coaching in the USPHL, is a native of Westerville, OH. Prior to taking the helm with the Stampede, he spent the last three seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Columbus Mavericks in the USPHL Great Lakes division. During his most recent season with the Mavericks, Thompson helped to lead the team to a program-best 32-13-2-1 record and third place finish in their division.

In addition to over 15 years of coaching experience, Thompson played ACHA Division 1 hockey for the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos, leading the team to their first ever ACHA Final Four appearance. Prior to his collegiate career, he played three years of junior hockey in the Central States Hockey League.

Away from the rink, Thompson resides in Lockport with his dog, Jack, after recently relocating from Central Ohio.

Brian Thompson
T.J. Dockery
Assistant Coach

T.J. Dockery is entering his first season as an Assistant Coach on the Buffalo Stampede staff.

Dockery, who is a Lockport, NY native, who played his youth hockey with the Buffalo Regals and two seasons of junior hockey with the Rochester Jr. Americans and South Shore Kings, before committing to play NCAA college hockey at Norwich University. During his four seasons at Norwich, Dockery won a National Championship and led the team as Captain for two seasons. Following his college hockey career, T.J. spent two seasons playing professional hockey in the SPHL for the Macon Mayhem, Pensacola Ice Flyers, and Evansville Thunderbolts.

Following his retirement from hockey, T.J. and his brother founded their own hockey school which they have been operating for the past four years.

T.J. Dockery
Michael Chirico
VP of Hockey Operations

Michael Chirico heads into his third season in the USPHL management ranks as he joins the Stampede staff as the VP of Hockey Operations.

A long-time resident of Western New York, Michael has been involved in youth and junior hockey in the area for over a decade. With time spent in coaching, player development, and team management, Michael brings a wealth of experience to the organization. Michael was most recently involved in the USPHL as General Manager of the Stampede’s predecessor, the Buffalo Thunder.

Away from the Stampede, Michael is the President of McDaniel & Chirico Worldwide, a global produce company, and resides in Orchard Park, NY with his family.

Michael Chirico

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