Settling into the season

Teams are formed, games are happening for all U8 and older divisions, and a fairly normal season of hockey is being enjoyed. We are constantly reminded we are in a new normal with protocols and added safety elements but we are in a much different place than we were a year ago. Thank you to all our team staff who are going over and above this season to provide great environments for our TBird players.

We also know that the last few months have taken a toll on many people - financially, mentally and for some physically. No one is alone and there is help. Our Thunderbird Bursary is here still for anyone who may need some assistance through reimbursement of 80% of your base registration fees - simply submit your application to Kidsport and even if you don't meet their criteria, they still pass your name to us so we can help you. For any of our players who may need to talk to someone, reach out. There are so many options around and you may have one you are already comfortable with but if you need someone now and don't know where to turn, you can contact the Kids Help Phone either by calling 1-800-668-6868 or if you can't talk about it but can text about it use their completely free text service and text 686868.

We also want to send our many thanks to the communities of Hope and Agassiz who helped take care of members of two TBird teams who were stuck during the slides. When roads start to open up again for travel through those communities, we call on all our TBird family to plan a pit stop in these communities to support their local businesses - many of whom gave everything they had to help so many. For those that can do a bit more, please consider donating to the Red Cross or other recognized relief agencies who are assisting those communities hardest hit by the flooding and slides. Thank you to those who have already helped as we know there are many of you.

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TBirds Tidbits

current as of November 25

  • Current fuel and highway restrictions may cause unavoidable challenges for teams to attend games. PCAHA is allowing teams to work together to determine the feasibility of attending the scheduled game.
  • If families choose to car pool, please ensure all members are wearing masks and proper cleaning is occurring in the car interior. Hockey is deemed a low risk for transmissibility of Covid-19 but car pooling is a much higher level of concern so please do everything you can to reduce the risk.
  • viaSport BC has updated the Return to Sport chart to include the proof of vaccination requirements. Note that some venues we will have teams going to as a visiting team have further restrictions, including players and team staff. Team managers will need to connect with the other team to find out their protocols in advance.

T-Birds News Corner

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August 27 Memo: Thunderbirds Enhanced Mask Mandate

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Thunderbird Snapshot

  • November 28 - December 4 - TBird Referee Appreciation Week
  • December 1 - start of league play for U8 and U9 divisions
  • December 15 - Board meeting
  • December 20-January 2 - Winter Break, no TBird ice
  • January 19 - Board meeting
  • February 18-21 - Thunderbird Family Day Tournament