And we are off!
September 28, 2018
September is always a rush of activity and before you know it, it is October and routines are getting established, coaches are leading the way, and players are taking strides forward in their skill development.
This season we have been excited to watch a new program launch for our Below Atom group under the leadership of Derek Popke. We've also implemented a new, consistent balancing process for the entire recreational division. Thank you to everyone who has been part of the process and in making it all happen!
We are also dealing with a significant challenge with the loss of Sunset Rink for an indefinite period. To get the call that we have lost a rink is never one an association ever wants, but everyone, from our coaches to our Division Ambassadors to our Board and staff have done the only thing that can be done - get to work to find solutions. Nothing is going to stand in the way of the Tbirds being able to skate. shoot. soar! this season!
We have some very exciting new programs about to be announced - stay tuned as you will not want to miss the exciting news! But first, we are excited to bring your attention to an exciting sponsor announcement with Scotiabank. You can find the details here.
Sunset Rink temporarily closed
We continue to wait further information from Parks and Recreation regarding the timelines for repairs to be completed at Sunset Rink. We will be working towards ensuring we have a contingency plan until Christmas with the ability to return to our pre-determined season schedule the moment Sunset is ready.
Thank you to those groups that have had to adjust and are helping their TBirds family find ways to stay on the ice during this period.
Skill groups are fully in swing now with teams formed for our Novice division. Initiation has settled into there skill groups and Initiation Major will be forming their teams by the end of October with game play to begin in December as per PCAHA guidelines. A reminder to all of our new coaches that you must complete the online Hockey University course and attend an in-person clinic no later than December 1st but be aware BC Hockey is trying to have all clinics completed by November 15 so log onto the BC Hockey coaching clinic page asap and sign up for any clinic that you are able to attend otherwise you will not be permitted to be on the ice after December 1.
All rec teams will be participating in the PCAHA Balancing round until the November Remembrance Day long weekend.
Placement round will take our rep teams until the end of October with the regular season commencing in early November.
T-Birds News Corner
Our Atom A2 team will be playing in the 5th Annual Apex Mountain Classic for Children’s Hospital where they will get to play games on the outdoor ice. Along with being part of the fun, they are working hard to raise $3,000 for Children’s Hospital and one of the ways they are accomplishing this can be…Read More
Scotiabank sponsorship of Thunderbirds’ Rep and Recreational Divisions will help our Players Skate, Shoot and Soar!
Thunderbirds Hockey is very pleased to announce that Scotiabank has generously agreed to support our Thunderbirds’ community as the presenting sponsor of our rep and recreational divisions. Scotiabank’s sponsorship of Thunderbirds Hockey follows the board’s recent efforts to seek financial and in-kind support for our hockey community from new corporate sponsors and program partners. The…Read More