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Message from Angelique Blunk, Director of Initiation

Welcome to new and returning Initiation players and parents.  Initiation hockey is a time that our kids begin their hockey journey and develop the love of the game.  It takes the contributions of many to help our young players learn the skills of hockey, become good team mates and have fun along the way.   Thanks to all of the parents who have already volunteered as coaches and assistant coaches, safety officers and team and division managers.   There are other opportunities to volunteer for our various fundraising activities and our Initiation Tournament.  We will be reaching out to you during the season.

This year we are excited to announce that our bi-weekly skill sessions will be delivered by Leslie Global Sports with Nate Leslie and Ben Mackay.

We will also be hosting the T-Birds Initiation Tournament again on the Family Day Weekend, February 9-12.

Lastly, I wanted to update you on some changes recently announced by BC Hockey regarding ice configurations for Initiation.    H1 and H2 will continue to use the cross-ice surface during practices and games.  They have also approved the use of both cross-ice and half-ice for H3 and H4 dependent upon the size of the ice surface, along with controlled full-ice scrimmages for H4 beginning on February 1 of the season.

The season kicks-off with our Initiation Jamboree on Saturday, September 9th (more information to follow). I look forward to seeing you all then.

Cross Ice / Half Ice Hockey

While cross/half ice hockey is relatively new to BC, it has been a standard practice around the world for years.

Hockey 101

If you are new to the sport of hockey, these resources will help you understand the basics.

Starter Equipment Kit

Not sure of what equipment you need? This package will get you, and your little player, off to a great start!

Skill Development

To supplement our coaches, Leslie Global Sports with Nate Leslie and Ben MacKay will be leading supplemental skills sessions this season.

Parent Participation

Our parents are our most valuable resource and we want everyone to enjoy their experience - players, parents & team staff.

Other Resources

Be sure to stay up to date on programs and information available to all of our Thunderbird players and parents.

Starting the season with a lot of fun!

On Saturday, our entire Initiation Division will be starting the season off with the annual Thunderbirds Jamboree at UBC. This year, we will have all of our players in H1 through H4 and Intro all coming to the same place to celebrate a return to the ice. Times: H4 #1: 8:15-9:15 am @ UBC FB…

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Minor Hockey Night at BC Lions – Aug 18

Looking for something to do on Friday, August 18 at 7:30 pm? Here’s your chance to join in to celebrate Minor Hockey Night at the BC Lions game as they take on the Calgary Stampeders. With every ticket purchased for anyone over 12 using the code THUNDERBIRDS, the BC Lions will send $3 to Vancouver…

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Looking ahead to the new season

While I have had a chance to meet with a few members during the last three months at the coaching banquet, Jim’s farewell and the AGM, I am looking forward to the next month where I will get to say hello to many more. It has been a bit of a whirlwind with a few…

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