2006 Thunder

Head Coach: Ben Schmidt

Ben Schmidt UBC Thunder Spring Hockey

Playing Experience:

  • Professional: Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL), Toledo Walleye (ECHL)
  • Collegiate: University of British Columbia (CIS) – Captain
  • Junior: Powell River Kings (BCHL), Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL)

Recent Coaching Experience:

  • 2016 – Mainland Express Spring Hockey Program (2006)
  • 2016 – HC Vancouver Hockey School: Lead Instructor (2005-2007 Group)
  • 2015 – Warriors Spring Hockey (2004)


Session Date Time Location Opponent Result
Practice #1 Wed. Apr 5th, 2017 18:45-19:45 Thunderbird Arena
Practice #2 Sat. Apr 8th, 2017 08:45-09:45 Protrans
Dryland #1 Sat. Apr 8th, 2017 10:00-10:45 Concourse (above Tbird)
Goalie Session #1 Sun. Apr. 9th, 2017 09:15-10:15 Thunderbird Arena
Practice #3 Tues. Apr. 11th, 2017 17:15-18:15 Thunderbird Arena
Dryland #2 Tues. Apr. 11th, 2017 18:30-19:15 Concourse (above Tbird)
Practice #4  Wed. Apr. 12th, 2017  18:45-19:45  Thunderbird Arena
King of the Ring Tourney Fri. Apr 14th, 2017 TBD TBD TBD TBD
King of the Ring Tourney Sat. Apr 15th, 2017
King of the Ring Tourney Sun. Apr 16th, 2017
 Practice #5 Wed. Apr 19th, 2017 18:45-19:45 Thunderbird Arena
Practice #6 Sat. Apr. 22nd, 2017 08:45-09:45 Father Bauer
Dryland #3 Sat. Apr. 22nd, 2017 10:00-11:00 Concourse (above Tbird)
Goalie Session #2 Sun. Apr 23rd, 2017 09:15-10:15 Protrans
Practice #7 Fri. Apr. 28th, 2017 18:15-19:15 Thunderbird
Practice #8 Sat. Apr 29th, 2017 08:45-09:45 Protrans
Dryland #4 Sat. Apr 29th, 2017 10:00-11:00 Concourse (above Tbird)
Practice #9  Tues. May 2nd, 2017  17:30-18:30 Protrans  If no Heat Tourney, moved to Saturday
Practice #10 Wed. May 3rd, 2017 18:45-19:45 Protrans
 Kelowna Tourney (TBD) Fri-Sun. May 5th-7th, 2017
 Goalie Session #3 Sun. May 7th, 2017 09:15-10:15 Father Bauer If no Heat Tourney
Practice #11 Wed. May 10th, 2017 18:45-19:45 Protrans
Practice #12 Sat. May 13th, 2017 08:45-09:45 Father Bauer
Dryland #5 Sat. May 13th, 2017 10:00-10:45 Concourse (above Tbird)
Practice #13 Wed. May 17th, 2017 18:45-19:45 Protrans
Dryland #6 Wed. May 17th, 2017 20:00-20:45 Concourse (above Tbird)
Practice #14 Wed. May 24th, 2017 18:45-19:45 Protrans
Practice #15 Sat. May 27th, 2017 08:45-09:45 Father Bauer
Dryland #7 Sat. May 27th, 2017 10:00-10:45 Concourse (above Tbird)
Goalie Session #4 Sun. May 28th, 2017 09:15-10:15 Father Bauer
Practice #16 Wed. May 31st, 2017 18:45-19:45 Protrans
 Dryland #8 Wed. May 31st, 2017 20:00-20:45 Concourse (above Tbird)
 Quest for the Cup Tourney  Fri. Jun 2nd, 2017  TBD TBD TBD TBD
Quest for the Cup Tourney
 Quest for the Cup Tourney

 

Name Position Current Team  Favourite NHL Player
 Ethan Ma Goalie Tbird A1 Carey Price
Lucas Townsend Goalie Tbird A1 Carey Price
 Marcus Kwong Defense Tbird A1 Shayne Gostisbehere
Mattias Uyeda Defense Tbird A1
Keefer Elliott Defense Tbird A1 Bobby Orr
Jean-Loup Leonardon Defense Tbird A1 Brent Burns
Louie Sim Forward Tbird A1 Sidney Crosby
Cole Caplan Forward Arbutus A1 Jonathan Toews
Nick Kolb Forward Tbird A1
Brogan Pilgaard-Kennedy Forward Tbird A1  Connor Mcdavid
Sean Richards Forward Tbird A1  Shea Weber
Aaron Azuelos Forward Van Minor A1 Tyler Seguin
Jude Nicholson Forward Tbird A2 Patrick Kane
Hunter Morgan Forward Van Minor A1 Bo Horvat
Beau Hinch Defense Tbirds A2
 Ryan Gurney Forward Tbirds A3

Message from the Coach

My coaching philosophy in youth hockey focuses on player development. I believe each practice should have a purpose and if it doesn’t you are wasting your time. I organize practice schedules and plans in specific sequences to promote the progression of skills and learning. I place a high emphasis on team play and work ethic.

Working with a team through a spring hockey season allows you significant time to develop players’ skills if the right steps are taken. Typically, I arrange the season/practices in the following phases:

  • Acclimation and Team Assessment: Allows players time to shake off the rust from any breaks in their season, and gives coaching staff time to assess their overall skills and areas of weakness.
  • Skating: The most beneficial area of practice at any level is skating. My focus is typically on stride mechanics, acceleration, and balance.
  • Passing: This phase teaches the team to read and react to each other and I use specific drills which include patterns and skating routes which are complementary to our team system.
  • Execution: This is where the x’s and o’s come in. This will depend on our assessment of the teams’ ability to think the game. The team may be learning the basic options of a breakout, or they may be learning powerplay breakouts and faceoff plays.
  • Challenges: From my playing days, I have an endless variety of challenging games and fun drills to add to each practice. These are an important addition to every practice, giving us a chance to have fun and bring out our competitiveness to prepare for games.

Ultimately, spring hockey is an extension of the typical winter season, and the players who choose to join spring hockey have a passion for the game and a desire to improve. I enjoy working with those players and I am excited about the coming spring hockey season.

Regards,

Ben Schmidt