Skill Development - Optional Programs

To supplement the regular ice times provided, TBirds will be setting up a schedule of user pay series of sessions for our U6-U9 age divisions based on ice availability.

Winter Program (February/March)

Registration for all programs listed below will open on Wednesday, January 27 @ 12:00 pm and will be based on a first come first served basis.

Goaltender Development with ProFormance Goalie School

Sessions will be led by ProFormance Goalie Schools, one of the leading goalie development programs in BC. They have been training goalies in the Vancouver area for the past twenty years and have led our Thunderbirds Goalie School and rep goalie training for the past two seasons.

Wednesdays @ Richmond Olympic Oval South - 5:00 - 6:15 pm
Sessions on February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3

Cost: $50
Max # of participants: 8

Note that any goalies who do not have their own equipment must arrange with their teams to bring the TBird allocated goalie equipment. There will NOT be equipment onsite to use.

Click here to register (note registration will open on Wednesday, January 27 @ 12:00 pm).


Skills with Vancouver Hockey School's Derek Popke

As part of the Vancouver Hockey School, Derek has developed a curriculum that he brought to our Initiation and Novice age groups starting in the 2018-19 season. Derek also acts as a coach mentor to the coaches in the division and will bring his years of training to the rink to help develop our coaches. He will be on the ice on a regular basis bringing the latest skill instruction knowledge to our players and our coaches. Working alongside Derek with our Initiation Minor (Hockey 1) group will be Shawn Mcquistin who brings a unique enthusiasm and ability to support these young players in a fun environment as they learn the basic skills and begin to move along the skill pathway.

In addition to these sessions, Derek will also be leading additional sessions for our Novice Minor (H3) and Novice Major (Hockey 4) divisions (and potentially elite Initiation Major players) as part of his overall High Performance Program for the Thunderbirds.


High Performance Program - full information can be found here

The High Performance (HP) Program is an in-season skills program designed for dedicated T-Birds Novice players who want to train, work hard, and take their game to the next level.

The sessions are instructed by Derek Popke. As a skating consultant, Derek has worked on-ice with the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs, ECHL Victoria Salmon Kings, MML Vancouver Canadians, and numerous minor hockey teams. His current list of NHL clients include Jason Garrison (Las Vegas Knights), Kevin Bieksa (Anahiem Ducks), Ben Chairot (Winnipeg Jets), Troy Stecher (Vancouver Canucks), and Erik Gudbranson (Vancouver Canucks) to name a few. You can read Derek's full bio at www.vancouverhockeyschool.com.

Players are placed in appropriate skill groups in order to maximize the teaching efficiency and learning experience of each individual player. Sessions do not conflict with T-Birds practice or game slots.