Step 1 - Spring Tryout Evaluation (April TBA)
Players wanting to try-out for the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds must have a residence in our zone and must register through the BC Hockey Major Midget Website. This will be a 3 day weekend tryout. Most of the team will be signed on this weekend. If you don't attend this camp or register for this camp you will NOT be allowed to play on our team or in the BCMML.
Step 2 - Spring Prospect Camp (April TBA)
Players have now attended camp and have been released or provided an opportunity to commit or continue attending future skates with the team.
If you have been invited to attend PHASE 2 continue to Step 3A and register now
If you did not receive an invite then you have an opportunity to carry on and tryout at the BC Hockey prospects camp where you can possibly earn an opportunity to play for another zone team. Please proceed to Step 3B
Step 3A – Phase 2 May till June for Signed Players (6 weeks)
T-Bird Skates. All players who have signed out of the spring identification
camp carry on into T-Bird Skates along with potential prospects, veterans,
and alumni. These skates will be twice a week along with a T-Bird dryland
program that players are responsible for at their own time. During this time
we will also have a few ice breakers, team building events and leadership
discussions. This is mandatory for all Thunderbird signed players. As well,
many players will be participating in spring BCU16, BCHL and WHL camps
in hopes of making it to the teams main camps in late August.
Step 3B - June 1-3 Non-Signed 2003 & 2002 Players
B.C. Hockey Major Midget Prospect Camp. All players from all Zones are encouraged to register and pay through the B.C. Major Midget Website for this camp. This camp allows all non-signed players to participate in a second tryout weekend that allows players to be signed by any zone in Major Midget. If the T-Birds sign any players at this event they will then join the T-Bird Skates. Some players will be identified as “Top Prospects” ready to fill a roster spot if a signed player makes the BCHL/WHL in September.
Step 4 – July to Mid August (8 weeks)
Program break with dryland focus. All players who are officially signed and on the T-Bird 20 player roster will have a final team activity in mid June before sending them off for the summer to get away from the game and rest the mind but achieve off ice goals inside the gym and on the track. Players will be given a professional workout program to complete each day on their own time to increase power, strength, agility, quickness, speed and endurance. Most players have skates with B.C Hockey, Junior Teams, or Private Skill Instruction but should get a good break from ice activity.
Step 5 – Mid August Training Camp for Rostered T-Birds (1 week)
Training Camp. All signed players and a few top prospects will meet for one week of intense ice times and dryland with a couple exhibition games before being released to the BCHL and WHL Main Camps. All players will be given an opportunity to tryout for a team with help form our coaches and scouts.
Step 6 – Late August Junior Camp Tryouts (1 week)
Junior Camp Break. All players will be attending a BCHL or WHL main camp tryout. Players will last as long as they can before being sent back to begin the season with the Thunderbirds. If a player should have a great camp and earn a roster spot with their junior team than the Thunderbirds will be excited for that player to move on in their hockey career and the roster spot on the Thunderbirds will open for a remaining Top Prospect that has stayed with the program in hopes of this happening.
Step 7 – September to April ( BCMML Regular Season )
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds Season begins. All players signed and rostered to the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds will begin practicing, participating in exhibition games and team activities as season begins with a 40 game schedule, Macs Tournament, Play-offs, and Telus Cup. Top Prospects who don't sign will be affiliated and be allowed to attend practices and play games when needed.