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Vancouver Thunderbirds Awards

Every year our players and families are so lucky to have members step forward into key leadership roles within the team and association. For some, simply doing the job isn't enough - they do it with an energy and enthusiasm that elevates the entire group.

Until the end of March, members have the opportunity to nominate volunteers for a number of Vancouver Thunderbirds Awards. Thank you to all those who took the time to nominate someone great! Winners will be announced at the upcoming Volunteer Appreciation Night in on April 24, 2018.


BRAD ADDISON H1-4 COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD: Established several years ago to commemorate the memory of Brad Addison, the Brad Addison Coach of the Year Award is awarded to a Hockey 1, 2, 3 or 4 coach who best exemplifies the qualities that made Brad a great coach - teaching the skills of the game, love of hockey, patience with the players and FUN.

2017-18 Winner: Dave Issar


WILLIAM STAIGER VOLUNTEER PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD:  Established in 2007/08 in memory of William Staiger, a dedicated Thunderbird Alumnus who returned to help coach.

2017-18 Winner: Mike Nardi


DON CURRIE AWARD:  In honor of Don Currie who continues to dedicate so much time and energy to Minor Sports and has done for so many years.  It is awarded to a long-standing volunteer coach in the Vancouver Thunderbird organization.

2017-18 Winner: Jeff Churchill


VANCOUVER THUNDERBIRD JUNIOR REFEREE OF THE YEAR AWARD:  This award is presented to a Level 1 official (aged 12-15) that best exemplifies the characteristics of an up-and-coming official. Some of the characteristics include the use of proper on-ice procedures, consistently being on time, shows a desire to improve, has a good working relationship with fellow officials, is hard working and fully engaged on the ice.

2017-18 Winner: Nolan Tenniscoe


VANCOUVER THUNDERBIRD SENIOR REFEREE OF THE YEAR AWARD: This award is presented to a Level 2-or-higher official (aged 16 and above) that exemplifies the characteristics of a successful experienced official. Some characteristics include the use of proper on-ice procedures, is consistently on time, endeavors to improve, works well with fellow officials, is hard working, is fully engaged on the ice, and has excellent rapport with players and team officials. The successful candidate will also give back to the program by helping mentor and develop up and coming officials.

2017-18 Winner: Ryan Skalenda


MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARD: Awarded to a manager in any division who has made exceptional effort to organize and leads the team to a terrific season of hockey while helping create positive experiences for all team members.

2017-18 Winner: Kalpna Dhanda


PRESIDENT'S SERVICE AWARD: This award is presented to an individual or individuals that have made significant contributions to the association for the betterment of the entire Vancouver Thunderbirds Hockey community.

2017-18 Winner: Gary Hunter


ELIOPOULOS OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION AWARD: Recognizing a person or persons for providing committed and dedicated service to the Thunderbirds.

2017-18 Winner: Chris and Nandia Eliopoulos