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Skill Development - Optional Programs

To supplement the regular ice times provided, TBirds will be setting up a schedule of user pay series of sessions for our below atom age divisions based on ice availability.

Winter Programs (January to February)

Registration for all programs listed below will open on Tuesday, December 17 @ 6:00 pm and will be based on a first come first served basis.

Hockey Skating and Skills - Initiation (Hockey 1 & 2)
These sessions are additional opportunities for our TBird players who are in their first or second year of hockey. This session will be led by Nate Leslie from Leslie Global Sports.

Mondays @ 5:00 - 6:00 pm @ West End Rink
Sessions on Jan 6, Jan 13, Jan 20, Jan 27, Feb 3 and Feb 10

Cost: $130

Click here to register. 

We would welcome up to two certified coaches from the parents of those registered to join the sessions on the ice to provide support to the lead instructors. Please email here if you would be like to be involved in this capacity. Each coach will be provided with a $10 refund per session they provide assistance with. Refunds will be processed at the conclusion of the program and will be applied to the credit card used to purchase the sessions.

 


Atom Transitional series for Novice Major players
As of February 1, associations are permitted to begin providing opportunities for Novice Major players to experience full ice instruction. TBirds will offer two series of sessions with one led by Derek Popke and one by Mike Todd. A maximum of 4 goalies will be permitted to join each session for a discounted rate as there will not be goalie specific instruction provided for these sessions.

Click here to register for one of the following options:

Option 1 - for all players
Mondays (Feb 3, Feb 10, Feb 24 - no session Feb 17): UBC Father Bauer from 5:30 - 6:45 pm
Lead: Mike Todd
Cost: $90 for skaters / $45 for goalies

Option 2 - for players considering trying out for rep
Thursdays (Feb 13, Feb 20, Feb 27): Hillcrest from 5:45 - 6:45 pm
Lead: Derek Popke
Cost: $90 for skaters / $45 for goalies

We would welcome up to two certified coaches from the parents of those registered to join the sessions on the ice to provide support to the lead instructors. Please email here if you would be like to be involved in this capacity. Each coach will be provided with a $10 refund per session they provide assistance with. Refunds will be processed at the conclusion of the program and will be applied to the credit card used to purchase the sessions.


Skills with Vancouver Hockey School's Derek Popke

As part of the Vancouver Hockey School, Derek has developed a curriculum that he brought to our Initiation and Novice age groups starting in the 2018-19 season. Derek also acts as a coach mentor to the coaches in the division and will bring his years of training to the rink to help develop our coaches. He will be on the ice on a regular basis bringing the latest skill instruction knowledge to our players and our coaches. Working alongside Derek with our Initiation Minor (Hockey 1) group will be Shawn Mcquistin who brings a unique enthusiasm and ability to support these young players in a fun environment as they learn the basic skills and begin to move along the skill pathway.

In addition to these sessions, Derek will also be leading additional sessions for our Novice Minor (H3) and Novice Major (Hockey 4) divisions (and potentially elite Initiation Major players) as part of his overall High Performance Program for the Thunderbirds.

 

High Performance Program - full information can be found here

The High Performance (HP) Program is an in-season skills program designed for dedicated T-Birds Novice players who want to train, work hard, and take their game to the next level.

The sessions are instructed by Derek Popke. As a skating consultant, Derek has worked on-ice with the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs, ECHL Victoria Salmon Kings, MML Vancouver Canadians, and numerous minor hockey teams. His current list of NHL clients include Jason Garrison (Las Vegas Knights), Kevin Bieksa (Anahiem Ducks), Ben Chairot (Winnipeg Jets), Troy Stecher (Vancouver Canucks), and Erik Gudbranson (Vancouver Canucks) to name a few. You can read Derek's full bio at www.vancouverhockeyschool.com.

Players are placed in appropriate skill groups in order to maximize the teaching efficiency and learning experience of each individual player. Sessions do not conflict with T-Birds practice or game slots.

Goaltender Development with Pro Formance Goalie School

Pro Formance is one of the leading goalie development programs in BC and has been training goalies in the Vancouver area for the past twenty years. Led by their Chief Instructor, Rob Fuchs, the Thunderbirds program will provide Novice players (Hockey 3 and 4) the opportunity to tryout the position and learn the basics during Association provided instruction times.

These sessions have now concluded for the 2019/20 season.