Junior Thunderbirds Spring Hockey

About Us

Our Philosophy

We are a Spring Hockey Development Program that runs from March 30th – May 31st ,2019. Our model is to develop “A/AA” players into “AAA” players by providing “AAA” skill development, coaching, and off-ice instruction. At UBC Junior Thunderbirds, we firmly believe better athletes make better hockey players. Players registering for this program must have competed in rep level hockey. Those who are still in initiation must have an ability to skate and a hunger for hockey knowledge.

Cost of the program: $1500+Tax (deposit of $500 at time of letter of intent acceptance, remainder by March 27th)


What Makes the UBC Junior Thunderbirds Different

At UBC Junior Thunderbirds, we focus our programs around three integrated concepts: skill development, small area games, and systems. As athletes get older, these three training avenues shift toward a more structured game that we view in hockey at the highest level.

  • At the younger ages, students will establish a system, but spend the majority of their time developing their hockey sense and skills.
  • At the older ages, students will learn more advanced systems. They will then apply their skills and hockey sense to that system as the pace of play increases.
  • Each team will have a practice schedule that is outlined as one of: skills practice, systems practice, or 3 on 3 development.
  • Each practice will have a clear and concise practice plan that will be easy to follow as the program evolves. This allows young athletes to focus on their development linearly, rather than moving on before inconsistencies are corrected.
  • Our skilled instructors come with years of experience and the ability to translate information in a fun and effective manner, but also posses an attention to detail that will give your child the best opportunity to excel at the game.

What You Get

  • Each team is comprised of 15 skaters and a goalie.
  • Teams competing in hitting will have rosters of 16 skaters and a goalie.
  • Premium ice times, excellent facilities, involvement from UBC Hockey Alumni and current varsity players.
  • Each team has a head coach and at least one assistant coach.
  • Each team’s goalies will be scheduled for our bi-weekly goalie-only sessions.
  • Consistent practice schedule. All teams play 1 weekday, 1 weekend practice. These days are the same for the duration of the program.
  • Weekly dry-land sessions including shooting, stickhandling, agility exercises.
  • Exclusive use of the UBC Hockey Shooting Range.
  • Game socks, game jersey, name bar, practice jersey, team apparel, and helmet stickers (game jersey to be returned).
  • Each team receives 14-16 practice times at UBC, 4 exhibition games, and 2 tournaments.
  • Additional ice times including tournaments, development sessions, can be booked once the team is formed in addition to the team fee at the team’s discretion.