2017 Summer Camps


Vancouver Thunderbirds Summer Camps 2017

August 14-18

August 21-25

Hillcrest Centre


Vancouver Thunderbirds Hockey will provide options for players of all ages to get ready for the upcoming season this August. From our introduction to hockey for the newest members to the T-Birds family to specialized skills camps to our rep prep camps, there is something for everyone. 


With the exception of the rep prep camps which feature two ice sessions built into the same camp, all of the other ice sessions are dedicated to specialty skill development. For these camps for atom and older, they have been scheduled to allow players to register for back to back camps focusing on different skills within their age groups. This will assist in players getting the option to focus on specific skills at the same time allowing for families to have flexibility to enroll siblings either in the same camp with our extended age groups (atom and peewee or bantam and midget) or in back to back sessions making it easier for one trip to the rink. 

For those attending rep prep camps, we have moved this to the first week this year to ensure you have ample time for rest and recovery prior to the start of tryouts. We encourage you to sign up for the rep prep camp, and, if you wish to stay on the ice leading into tryouts, choose one of the hour long sessions offered in the second week. This will ensure you are following the proper tapering process for high performance athletes. 

To assist in your planning, click here to see the various camps that are offered based on age groups.



While we are not offering a goaltender camp, we have opportunities for goaltenders to prepare for the season in our age specific training camps, rep prep camps and the Thinking the Game - A Small Area Games camp. Space is limited in all of these camps so we do encourage all goaltenders who wish to participate to register early! Should we encounter a situation where we have goaltenders on a waitlist, we will do our best to find a solution to help with their preparation for the season.


Camp Instructors:  

Vancouver Thunderbirds Hockey is excited to include some of the best skills instructors this summer as guest instructors. These experts will work along a number of our current and former Thunderbird coaches to provide an exceptional learning environment for our players. All efforts will be made to ensure rep coaches will not be involved in the rep prep camp for their division. For a list and bios of the camp instructors, please click here


Registration and Camp Questions: 

For our T-Birds family, registration can be done through your Association Registration Login. For any non-TBird player, or if you require assistance with registration, please email Tasha at nbreland@vancouvertbirds.ca. For all other questions, please email Tanya Foley at tfoley@vancouvertbirds.ca 



Rep Prep Camps

Maximum 30 skaters for all camps and 4 goaltenders for rep prep and training camps

These camps are designed to prepare players for the rep tryouts that will begin August 26. Ice sessions will be a combination of high intensity flow and battle drills, competitive small area games, and scrimmages. Each camp schedule will start with a one hour ice session, followed by an off-ice session (seminar or dryland training) with a second one hour ice time to close out the camp each day.  

T-Birds Price:          $399 + GST
Non-T-Birds Price:  $424 + GST

August 14-18         

Atom: 7:15 am - 10:45 am  (Lead Skills instructor: Mike Sommer)

PeeWee: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm (Lead Skills instructor: Mike Sommer)

Bantam/Midget: 5:15 - 8:45 pm  (Lead Skills instructors: Josh Bonar)



Age Specific Training Camps

(max 30 skaters for all, max 4 goaltenders for training camps)


New Player Preparation Camp

This three day camp is specifically designed to welcome our first year players in H1, H2 or Intro to Hockey. Included in this camp will be an equipment check to ensure you have everything just right to stay safe on the ice, as well as an introduction to the world of minor hockey. It will be a great way to introduce new players to the rink, getting ready, and to show them just how much fun to expect every week once the season starts! 
T-Birds Price:         $60 + GST
Non-T-Birds Price: $85 + GST
Dates: August 21, 23 and 25 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)
1st year players: 3:15 - 4:00 pm 
Lead Instructor: Amy de Bree

Pre-Season Training Camps (H3/H4, Atom, PeeWee, Bantam and Midget)

These camps are for all of our Thunderbird players to have the opportunity to prepare for the upcoming season and are open to players of all levels. The focus will be on skating and puck control in a high intensity environment through a combination of drills, small area games and scrimmages. For the Atom age group, this camp will also serve to assist in the transition from the cross-ice format to full ice game play. 
T-Birds Price:         $169 + GST
Non-T-Birds Price: $194 + GST


Dates: August 21-25

H3 / H4: 10:15 - 11:15 am  (Lead Instructor: Amy de Bree)

Atom: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm (Lead Instructor: Graham Thomas)

PeeWee: 2:00 - 3:00 pm (Lead Instructor: Adam Shell)

Bantam/Midget: 5:30 - 6:30 pm (Lead Instructor: Josh Bonar)



Specialty Skills Camps

max 30 skaters for all camps
max 4 goaltenders only for Thinking the Game - A Small Area Games camp


200 ft of Defense

Focusing on developing the skills necessary for defencemen and defensive minded forwards in the current game, this camp is all about building complete players. Players will be taught how to combine these skills with the tactics to be complete players.


T-Birds Price:         $169 + GST
Non-T-Birds Price: $194 + GST


Dates: August 14-18

Atom / PeeWee: 2:45 - 3:45 pm

Bantam / Midget: 1:30 - 2:30 pm


Lead Instructor: Adam Shell 



Puck Skills and Shooting

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. 
T-Birds Price:         $169 + GST
Non-T-Birds Price: $194 + GST


Dates: August 14-18

Atom / PeeWee: 4:00 - 5:00 pm


Dates: August 21-25

Bantam / Midget: 6:45 - 7:45 pm

Lead Instructor: Josh Bonar 

Thinking the Game - A Small Area Games camp

Today's game requires players to excel in tight spaces and have the ability to escape with the puck. This camp will help athletes develop their hockey sense in an environment where players can hone their competitive and physical abilities. The focus will be on combining player skills with game situations.  

T-Birds Price:         $169 + GST
Non-T-Birds Price: $194 + GST


Dates: August 21-25

Atom / PeeWee: 12:45 - 1:45 pm

Bantam / Midget: 4:15 - 5:15 pm

Lead Instructor: Adam Shell




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