2018 Vancouver Thunderbirds Family Day Initiation Tournament

February 7-12, 2018

We are excited to welcome over 40 teams from all over the Vancouver Lower Mainland to participate in our annual Family Day Initiation Tournament.

It is going to be a fun-filled weekend for the kids and their families.

Be sure to purchase your tickets to win one of our premium raffle baskets:   a Gaming Basket (with a PS4 and games), an exclusive Canucks Basket, a Couples Weekend Getaway Basket (including hotel, dinner and shopping gift certificates) and the Foodie Basket (including a coveted Instapot).

For the kids we will be raffling Loonie Sticks - a chance to win a brand-new hockey stick, plus all the loonies attached to it.


On Saturday, February 10th, the UBC Thunderbirds men's varsity team is hosting the University of Alberta Pandas on UBC A starting at 2:00 pm. All tournament participants and their accompanying family members are invited to join in the fun for free - players will need to wear their jerseys and cheer loudly for the home team!

Entrance can be either via the front entrance to the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre or through the doors located immediately next to the ProTrans rink on the upper floor.

Thanks to our sponsors!


Tournament Rules

Please have one team representative arrive 45 minutes prior to the start of your first game, to allow time to check in at registration desk.

Please check-in with the Team Manager 30 minutes before each subsequent game for the game sheet.  Games for H1, H2 and Intro are played as cross-ice and games for of H3 and H4 teams are played as half-ice under Hockey Canada, BC Hockey and PCAHA cross-ice and half-ice guidelines.

Each team should be prepared with 2 goalies ready to play each game, one on each end of the ice.

If there are enough players on each team for at least 1 spare on each side of the ice, games will be played 4 on 4.  If there are too few players, games will be played 3 on 3.  If there are too few players to play 3 on 3 games on each end of the ice, one game of 4 on 4 may be played on one end of the ice.

At the option of the coaches, if the roster sizes are significantly different then games may be played “jamboree style” in which players from one team may play for the other team or the players on both teams may be mixed up.

Only players on the team’s official roster are eligible to play.  The roster is defined as the final player roster handed in prior to the start of the team’s first game.  It should include any eligible affiliated players that the team may play.

Please have your teams ready to go on the ice at the scheduled times.  NOTE:  Where applicable, to ensure games start on time, 1 coach from each team is required to go on the ice to assist referees in moving foam boards during ice-cleans.

For H1, H2 and H3 games, period lengths will be determined in accordance with the PCAHA cross-ice guidelines, and there will be a 2 minute shift change buzzer.  However, 5 minutes must be left at the end of the ice time in order to facilitate a 5-puck shootout.

For H4 games, games will consist of a 5 minute warm up, followed by two 23 minute running time periods.  There will be a two minute break between periods.   In all cases, 5 minutes must be left at the end of the ice time in order to facilitate a 5-puck shootout.

The Home team should wear their association's designated home color (within PCAHA play. Note: Vancouver Thunderbirds home jersey is blue).  If there is conflict in jersey colours, the home team will be responsible to change jerseys.  The home team is to wait until the visiting team has left the ice, before they leave the ice.

In the spirit of fair play, the players and coaches will line up at centre ice and shake hands at the end of the game.

No overtime in any game. No scores or standings will be kept.

Any player receiving a gross misconduct or a match penalty will be suspended for the balance of the tournament. Team officials receiving a game misconduct will be suspended from the tournament. It is the sole responsibility of the team coaches and team managers to ensure that ineligible players do not play. Playing an ineligible player may result in the entire team being disqualified from the tournament.

The referee’s decision is final and no protests will be accepted after the game.

Team officials are responsible for ensuring their dressing rooms are left in a neat and orderly condition. If any damage occurs, the team will be billed for damage or clean up as applicable.

When more than one team player is in the dressing room, teams must have two responsible adults present at all times.

PCAHA Special C Hockey Playing Rules. As nearly as possible, equal ice time shall be given to all players regardless of playing ability in any “C” hockey game.

Offside and icing will not be called, as per PCAHA cross-ice and half-ice guidelines.

Face offs will be conducted after all stoppages in play.

There will not be formal penalties.  Therefore, there will be no power plays.

In H3 and H4 games, a referee will be on the ice at all times to assist the players.  For H1 and H2, each team must have one coach on the ice.  This is to help players with face-off positions and changeovers.

The tournament is also subject to all other applicable Hockey Canada, BC Hockey and PCAHA rules.

The tournament committee reserves the right to modify rules to ensure fair play.


5-Puck Shootout Rules

In order to hold 5-puck shootouts, we have reduced the combined warm up and game length prior to your allocated shootout time to 55 minutes.

Following each game, the teams will participate in a 5–puck shootout.  Only players that participated in the preceding game are eligible for the shootout that follows.

We reserve the right to cancel the shootout for a particular game if it becomes evident that we cannot complete it in a timely manner and it begins to impact the overall tournament schedule. This eventuality is unlikely, but should this occur all remaining games will revert to the standard 60 minute length.


  • Begins immediately following completion of the game. Players should return to bench before competition starts
  • Restructure 2 nets as if playing full ice with Home team and Away team on either end
  • The competition will be referee led, with one on each end of the ice
  • Each team fields one goalie. Choose 1 goalie for net and the other dressed goalie will participate along with his or her teammates
  • Teams will shoot on opposing team's net
  • Coaches will determine the order in which players shoot, but are expected to change the order from game to game in order to permit all players an equal chance to participate
  • Five pucks will be lined up across each blueline
  • Players line up on the benches
  • Upon the referee’s whistle, the first player comes off the bench and attempts to score with a puck
  • If the first player scores, it is the next player’s turn. If the first player does not score, the player must retrieve the puck and pass it to the next player in line, who will be standing at the blueline near the bench
  • After their turn, players should return to their bench and get back in line
  • The goalies who are not playing in net may, but are not required to, change their gloves and sticks in order to participate
  • The first team to score all five pucks is the winning team