Vancouver Thunderbirds Summer Camps 2018

Rep Players

August 13-17
August 20-24

Hillcrest Centre

With rep tryouts starting August 25 and the need to hit the ice as prepared as possible, we have developed a camp schedule that will push you hard two weeks out and then help you taper to be at your peak. 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 first week that you select one or two specialty camps in the second week to stay on the ice the appropriate amount of time for rest and recovery before you start tryouts at full speed.

Rep Prep Camps

These camps are designed to prepare players for the rep tryouts that will begin August 25.

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

  • two ice sessions including one focused on skating with Karen Kos and the other a high tempo practice led by UBC coach Graham Thomas
  • 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 activities such as basketball, soccer, lawn bowling, floor ball, wheelchair rugby, swimming, etc. Activities will be finalized in August.

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 puck control and shooting expert Josh Bonar. We also recommend that you sign up for the Bantam elite scrimmage session the following week to maximize preparation.

Dates: August 13-17

Atom: First ice time @ 8:00 am. Players can be picked up following the last ice time which ends @ 3:15 pm

PeeWee: First ice time @ 9:15 am. Players can be picked up following the last ice time which ends @ 4:30 pm
Note: Skaters SOLD OUT (will accept a maximum of skaters on a waitlist) - only 3 spaces left for goaltenders

For alternative options for skaters, check out the specialty camps listed below taking place in the Aug 20-24 week. Join one or more and get dedicated focus on specific areas of play with top instructors. 

Price: $549

Bantam: Camp runs from 4:45 to 7:00 pm

Price: $399                             


A great way to get your game up to speed for our Bantam and 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 20 - 23 (Note no session on Friday)
Bantam: 8:45 - 10:00 pm

Price - Skater: $125              
Price - Goalie: $50   SOLD OUT


Dates: August 13 - 17
Midget: 8:30 - 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. Whether you are preparing for rep tryouts or want to ensure you are entering the season at full flight, this session is a must!

Dates: August 20-24

Atom / 1st year Peewee: 5:00 - 6:00 pm   SOLD OUT

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



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 13-17
Bantam / Midget Rep and Recreational: 7:15 - 8:15 pm

Dates: August 20-24
Atom: 6:15 - 7:15 pm

Dates: August 20-24
Peewee Rep: 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Price: $199

Defence Camp
 with Sven Butenschon

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.

Dates: August 20-24
Atom / Peewee: 8:00 - 9:00 am

Price: $199


Compete and Battle Camp with Sven Butenschon

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 20-24
Atom / Peewee: 9:15 - 10:15 am

 Price: $199
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