Mike is the Director of Player and Coach Development - Recreational for the Vancouver Thunderbirds. He has been with the association since the 2006/07 season as a head coach in the rep division and the Assistant Director of Hockey Operations. Mike is HP1 certified, and is a BC Hockey course conductor (Body Checking) and Development 1 Field Evaluator. His playing experience includes Jr A in the BCHL and PCJHL.
Amy de Bree
Amy is a High Performance Level 1 coach with over 12 years coaching experience. Amy is entering her seventh season with the Vancouver Thunderbirds. Amy has also been working with the UBC Hockey school teaching skill development for the past 9 years. Her time spent with the Thunderbirds and UBC Hockey School has given her experience working with preschool aged players through to adults. Amy has also been coaching with the BC Hockey Female High Performance program since 2012, coaching at number of U16 and U18 events.
Adam Shell (T-Birds Coach in 2016-17 season)
Adam grew up in Toronto and following two seasons in junior he played for four years at McGill University. Upon completion of his university hockey career he became an assistant coach at McGill for two seasons. In 2007 he was hired as the head coach of the Royal Military College Paladins. He spent 8 seasons with the Paladins before becoming the head coach at the University of British Columbia. In 2008 he coached the Serbian Men’s National team to the bronze medal at the division 2 world championships. In 2013 he was the assistant coach on the Canadian Junior Hockey team at the Maccabi which won gold. This upcoming summer he will be the head coach of the Canadian Men’s Team at the Maccabi Games. He currently provides skill and hockey development for multiple players and teams and in the Vancouver area. Adam was a coach with the Thunderbirds in the 2016-17 season and provided support to a number of our coaches.
Graham is entering his sixth season as the head coach of the UBC Thunderbirds women's hockey team. In his time at UBC, Thomas has built the Thunderbirds into one of the premiere programs in Canadian Internuniversity Sport.Thomas was named the CIS and Canada West Coach of the Year in 2012-13, his first season at UBC, He led the Thunderbirds on an improbable run from a one-win team in 2011-12 to Canada West champions in 2012-13. It was the greatest turnaround in CIS history across all sports. UBC won the school's second Canada West title in 2016 and won the national silver medal at the 2016 CIS Women's Hockey Championship in Calgary. A native of Calgary, Thomas came to UBC after working at Syracuse University, where he was with the women's hockey team since it began play in the 2008-09 season, helping build the program from the ground up. He has 'High Performance 1' and 'Coaching Theory Level 1, 2 and 3' qualifications and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association to develop players through off-ice training. Thomas has imparted his insight to male and female players that have competed at the NHL level, Junior A tier I and II, NCAA and National Team levels. In his playing days, Thomas suited up for the Drayton Valley Thunder of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. In 1998-99, Thomas also skated for Mannheim Jung Adler in Germany.
Following Josh’s time in the WHL he went on to play professional hockey in Europe and the United States from 2008 to 2014. During the later part of his time in Europe he became player assistant coach for the Brasov Corona Wolves in the Romania/Hungary/Slovakia (Mol Liga) League, as well as the head off-ice coach and trainer for summer practices and throughout the season. Josh led the Mol Liga in goals and points two out of the three seasons he played in the league. Josh is currently coaching the BWC Academy U18 Prep team. Joshconducts several team and private skill development practices throughout the lower mainland for several minor hockey associations. Josh is also very involved in the video analyst part of the game. He is currently assisting the Vancouver Canucks Video coach with their video work and coaches challenge, part of the Premiere Players Group (www.premiereplayersgroup.com)
Mike is Assistant Coach of the University of British Columbia Women’s Varsity Team, and Lead Instructor at Leslie Global Sports (LGS). He recently held the post as video coach for Team BC U18 Female, and assists Vancouver Canucks video coach Ben Cooper. Since joining LGS in March 2013, Mike Sommer has coached over 300 LGS skills sessions and is recognized as a passionate, organized, and detail oriented leader. Mike was born and raised in White Rock, B.C.. and he played for the Delta Ice Hawks and the Grandview Steelers of the PIJHL. From 2011-2013 Mike lived in Queenstown, New Zealand where he played for the Southern Stampede of the NZIHL. For two seasons he was the Director of Hockey Development for the Queenstown Ice Hockey Club. Along with working with youth players, Mike was an assistant coach with the New Zealand U20 National Team. He coached at the Division III U20 World Championships in Dunedin, New Zealand in 2012 and in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2013 finishing with back to back bronze medals. Based in Vancouver as a member of the Leslie Global Sports staff, Mike works with various academies and teams within the Lower Mainland during the fall and winter, as well as with the West Coast Hockey Prep Camp and many LGS camps throughout the summer.