Message from Steve Yan Klassen, Director of Rep
Now that teams have formed and been placed, we hope that everyone has enjoyed the return to hockey and is looking forward to more tournaments and now league play. The Association is gathering feedback from the membership with respect to the revised tryout process, and will be gathering other feedback including the mid-season coaching survey.
In keeping with our new strategic vision, all our teams have been out to skills sessions provided by Vancouver Hockey School’s Derek Popke, and the Association has revised and communicated new policies with respect to the locker room as well as to address harassment and bullying. Teams have been integrating affiliates and other players into their practice schedule, and a formalized process for affiliation and callups has been created. Some senior players from our Bantam and Midget divisions have stepped up to volunteer and assist with our younger divisions.
There are other initiatives that are still in development, such as the refinement of the pre-game dryland sessions, and new initiatives to look forward to including coach mentoring and development of a volunteer assistant goalie coaching program.
None of this would be possible without the dedication and commitment of our volunteers, who have stepped forward and taken the initiative to deliver on the new strategic vision, to allow our players to skate, shoot and soar.
Vancouver Hockey School’s Derek Popke has been leading a couple skills sessions for the Thunderbirds rep program this past season, and starting in September he will be taking on an official role with the T-Birds. In his Hockey Advisor role, Derek will be leading the on-ice skill development program for all Hockey 2-4 teams and…Read More