Vancouver Thunderbirds Summer Camps 2019

Recreational Players

August 12-16
August 19-23

Hillcrest Centre

With rep tryouts starting August 24 and the need to hit the ice as prepared as possible, we have developed a camp schedule that will let you be at your peak performance level. Our rep prep camps are designed to reach the highest intensity levels with our specialty camps fine tuning specific areas of your game. If you are unable to attend a rep prep camp, we have arranged our specialty camps to, for the most part, allow you to sign up for two back to back in your age category so you are able to get fully prepared.

We recommend that if you register for a rep prep camp in the second week that you select one or two specialty camps in the first week to get your stamina back up on the ice.

Rep Prep Camps

These camps are designed to prepare players for the rep tryouts that will begin August 24. A goalie instructor will be among the coaching staff for these camps.

For our atom and peewee aged players, these camps are full day camps that will include:

  • two ice sessions including one focused specifically on skating with Karen Kos
  • a daily dryland sessions with Twist Performance
  • a daily cross-training activity that will be a fun and effective way to prepare for the season. Depending on weather, the players will participate in off-ice activities that will provide cross training elements with a lot of fun involved.

For our Bantam aged players, we will run two back to back ice times to maximize their focus on preparing for the tryouts and will include one led by UBC Head Coach and Thunderbird skills instructor Graham Thomas. The other session will be led by puck control and shooting expert Josh Bonar. We also recommend that you sign up for the Bantam checking session the previous week to maximize preparation.

Dates: August 19-23

Atom: Camp will start with a dryland session led by Twist Sport & Performance at 9:30 am and can be picked up after the second ice session finishing at 4:45 pm.

PeeWee: Camp will start with a dryland session led by Twist Sport & Performance at 10:45 am and can be picked up after the second ice session finishing at 6:00 pm. Supervision can be arranged from 9:00 am until the start of camp if needed.
Price: $549 Limited spots available

Bantam: Camp runs from 6:15 to 8:30 pm

Price: $399


A great way to get your game up to speed for our Midget players. A little pond hockey scrimmage will provide an high tempo environment to get ready for tryouts and the start of the season.

Dates: August 12 - 16
Midget: 8:45-10:00 pm

Price - Skater: $150             
Price - Goalie: $50

Specialty Skills Camps 

Power Skating with Karen Kos

Skating is the most basic element to determining your overall level in hockey. The better you can skate, you will get to more pucks, stay with the play better, and ultimately have more of an impact on the play. Maximizing your stride and having control over your edges will truly set you apart from everyone else on the ice. If you want to ensure you are entering the season at full flight, this session is a must!

Please note, this session is not appropriate for beginner skaters. 

Dates: August 12-16

Atom / 1st year Peewee: 2:30 - 3:30 pm  SOLD OUT 

2nd year Peewee / Bantam: 3:45 - 4:45 pm

Price: $199

Dates: August 19-23

Atom Rep: 3:45 - 4:45 pm

Price: $199 Limited spots available


Atom Rep Training Camp

Led by former Penticton Vees Head Coach, Jason Becker, this camp will be a high intensity session focussed on small area games, executing plays with speed and will also serve to continue the transition to full ice for first year atom players.

Dates: August 19-23
Atom Rep: 11:45 - 12:45 pm

Price: $199  Limited spots available


Puck Skills and Shooting with Josh Bonar 
This camp will be a perfect choice for the player who wants to improve their game with the puck. The camp will cover the following elements:

Puck Skills: Technique, 360 degree of puck control, puck control and awareness, puck protection, forehand only control, quick hands and speed, in tight advanced creative puck handling, toe drags, backhand drags, chips and flips

Shooting: Technique, quick release, shot variation, angle change, accuracy and power, in tight scoring, creative shot selection (toe drags, back-hand forehand, shooting through stick or body), shooting with resistance, shooting with back pressure.

Dates: August 12-16
Atom / Peewee Rep: 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Dates: August 19-23
Bantam / Midget Recreational or Rep: 8:45 - 9:45 pm

Price: $199

Defence Camp

If you take pride in what you do as a defencemen and want to get the most of the game, playing defence can be the most fun position of them all. Defencemen get to control and quarterback the play from their own end, as well as control the game at the blue lines. At the defence camp, we will focus on all aspects and details of the defensive game and break it down so each and every player understands what they need to do as a defencemen. We provide a fun and fast-paced program which will incorporate both the offensive and defensive sides in this wonderful game of hockey. A goalie instructor will be among the coaching staff for this camp.
Dates: August 12-16

Atom / Peewee: 7:45 - 8:45 am

Price: $199


Offensive Skills Camp with Graham Thomas
Shooting, scoring and a few dangles will be the focus of this camp. Getting the puck is the first step, but what to do with it once it's on your tape is what sets you apart from the rest of the group. Graham Thomas will bring his expertise in the offensive game to all who want to take a step forward with their game.
Dates: August 19-23

Atom / Peewee: 7:45 - 8:45 am

Price: $199


Compete and Battle Camp with  Graham Thomas

The Compete and Battle Camp is for every player. Hockey is a continuous series of small area battles/games that take place across the entire rink. Battle camp is designed to teach players how to compete both on the offensive and defensive sides of the puck . This program is a high tempo challenging camp set in a fun yet safe environment.

Dates: August 19-23 (Lead: Graham Thomas)
Atom / Peewee: 9:00 - 10:00 am

Price: $199


Checking With Purpose

This camp is designed for all Bantam and 2nd Year PeeWee aged players for the upcoming season. Led by Thunderbirds Mike Todd, the five session camp will introduce the major elements of playing hockey with body checking. Players will receive instruction on delivering and receiving body checks safely and effectively with the ultimate goal of securing possession of the puck for their team. A goalie instructor will be among the coaching staff for this camp.

Dates: August 12-16
Bantam: 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Price: $199

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