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Checklist of items required prior to first ice time during tryouts

  • Update/complete ePact report for each player participating (an email was sent out with this information to all members. If you did not receive the email for any reason, please contact Audrey at for more information)
  • Complete the Rep Player / Parent Commitment and Other Activity form - click here

Please note that players will not be permitted to participate in the tryouts without the above being completed.


Midget rep tryouts will begin with two days of scrimmages for the entire group the first week of September. Based on registration numbers, we will likely create 3 groups of 10-12 skaters and 2-3 goalies to play a round robin of shorter scrimmages each session assuming all players registered attend. Format is subject to change based on attendance.

Groups will not be finalized until as late as possible to help us identify those midget players who will be participating in tryouts for a full time position versus keeping the option to return available if they accept another opportunity to start the season. Therefore all players should plan to be onsite for the entirety of the sessions.


Tuesday, September 4 - Hillcrest - 8:00 - 10:45 pm

Friday, September 7 - Richmond Ice Centre* - Coliseum - 7:30 - 10:15 pm

*Please note that Kits and Kerrisdale Arenas are undergoing upgrades and will not be available until mid-September and so we had to go outside of our normal area to hold this session.

August 17, 2018 update

Select the appropriate division below for the groups for the first ice session.

Skaters: Please note that all efforts have been made to keep skaters from the same level last season together, however that was not possible for our incoming Atom players due to overall numbers of that group. The skill ratings collected at the end of the season were used to separate the group into two sections and know that there was not much difference from top to bottom so if your child is assigned to Group 3, it is not something to focus on. As many in this group are new to the tryout process, parents please emphasize to your players that they just need to do their best on every ice time and, at the end of the process, they will be placed in a great place for their own personal skill development. For some that may mean moving up a group right after the first ice time, for others they may take another ice time or two to move up or they may remain where they are. There is ample opportunity to show what they, and all the players, can do and let the evaluation team do their work.

For new to TBirds skaters, the same philosophy is in place in that while they are automatically placed in the lower group in order to be initially assessed, they will have a great opportunity to stand out  and move their way up as appropriate.

Please note that by keeping skaters from same level, this does create an uneven allocation throughout the groups. This does not impact the skills evaluation session (Phase 1) but will require additional movement in order to ensure rosters are of a similar size for scrimmages starting in Phase 2 and an uneven amount of upward/downward movement will occur in this round of player movement.

Goalies: Goaltenders have been separated into groups that will move together through the first 3 ice sessions and each group will be assigned to each tiered group once over those days. The groups have been made with a mix of skill levels within each and have not been put into tiers.

These placements are final and will not be changed - it will be up to the players to play hard and show their best each and every ice time.

Parents, thank you to those who have already jumped in and signed up to help out on the first weekend. With the knowledge of what group players are assigned to, if you haven't signed up yet, we ask that you review the volunteer roles needed to be filled and ensure we have people in each. It is greatly appreciated to have these positions filled quickly so that we don't need to find people last minute in the rink in order to start the ice times.

We are planning for either 3 or 4 Atom rep teams. The final determination will be made by the evaluation team after seeing the players on the ice to determine the overall skill level.

We are planning for 4 Peewee rep teams.

We are planning for 2 Bantam rep teams.

August 7, 2018 Update

With registration now complete, we are pleased to announce that 262 Thunderbirds registered for the upcoming rep tryouts.

At the completion of each stage during the August 25-31 period, ice assignments, parent volunteer roles needed and any other information will be displayed on this page with the most recent information appearing at the top. It is the responsibility of each player and/or parent/guardian to check this page following each stage to identify their next assigned ice time. Assignments for ice sessions will be posted here as soon as possible following the conclusion of the final ice session for each age division each day.

All sessions in Phases 1 & 2 for Atom, Peewee and Bantam (August 25-31) will take place at Hillcrest Centre. Ice time assignments for the first ice session will be posted no later than Tuesday, August 21. 

About the External Evaluators

In addition to the non-parent coaches, we will have a number of external evaluators assisting in the process this year. For each age division, there will be 4 external evaluators participating along with support from goalie specific evaluators throughout the week. These gentlemen bring with them significant experience coaching and scouting from NHL, WHL, BCHL, PIJHL, major midget, and various BC Hockey high performance experiences in addition to playing in junior to NHL levels.

Board of Director Oversight

As is the standard process, Board members will work with the Executive Director to provide oversight to the tryout process. The assignment of Board oversight for this year's tryouts will be:

Atom - Shared oversight by Steve Yan-Klassen (Director of Rep) and Bruce Gregg (Associate Director of Rep)
PeeWee - Bruce Gregg (Associate Director of Rep)
Bantam - Steve Yan Klassen (Director of Rep)
Midget - Shared oversight by Steve Yan Klassen (Director of Rep) and Bruce Gregg (Associate Director of Rep)

We will need your help!

Each ice time will have a few volunteer roles that we will need our parents to assist with in order for the rep tryouts to be successful. We will do our best to remind you but feel free to be proactive and select the button located on the top right for the sign up form for the next round of ice times. We will update the form each day during the tryouts so you will know what ice times your child(ren) are assigned to and can choose accordingly. Thank you in advance for helping us with this!!

Attendance at Tryouts

All players are required to attend ALL assigned ice sessions. Failure to show will immediately result in the player being assigned to the C Division for the season (P-9 Section 2.2) with the following exceptions only and with the required notification:

  • P-9 Section 2.3 - (summary of section) Any player that is required to miss an ice session due to sickness or injury must provide a medical note to the Executive Director no later than 2 hours prior to the scheduled ice session. If the player will be missing more than one ice session, a discussion with the Executive Director and Board member overseeing the age division will be required to ensure all factors are understood by both the player and the Association.
  • P-9 Section 2.4 - (summary of section) any player that is required to miss an ice session due to work obligations must provide a letter from their employer in advance of the ice session.
  • P-9 Section 2.5 - (summary of section) any player trying out for Major Midget or Junior teams that has conflicting ice times must notify the Executive Director no later than 2 hours prior to the scheduled ice session.
  • P-9 Section 2.6 - (summary of section) any player that must miss an ice session for exceptional personal circumstances must seek permission in advance of the missed session by emailing the Executive Director or the Board member overseeing the age division. NOTE: Family vacations are not considered exceptional circumstances and do not qualify under this section.

If you have any questions, please contact the Executive Director, Tanya Foley.