The Cutting Edges hockey season starts at the beginning of September. We start accepting regular full time members around June of the previous year. New players are accepted until mid to late August or until the spots are full, whichever comes first.
Occasional spares are welcome to join at any time. Team Managers will do their best to get you out on the ice as soon as there’s space.
Membership in the club is $20 and is required for all players. Membership includes the first game as a spare, a vote at our AGM, and invite to our year end party. All members are encouraged to volunteer to help administer the club, manage the teams, and run events throughout the year.
How do I Join a Team?
Players register by completing the online registration from here and pay fees via interac money transfer or credit card (instructions provided on the online form).
Prior to the start of the season the team hosts a couple of open ice sessions, which will be posted to the team Facebook site . New players are invited to meet the team and get a feel for what level they should register for. If the season has started, don’t worry — it’s not too late to join!! Check the contact page for current contact info.
Ice time in the Lower Mainland is at a premium, so the fees for a season of hockey are much higher than other popular sports such as softball, volleyball, and soccer. Nevertheless, the Cutting Edges play at the UBC Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre which has some of the lowest ice costs and best facilities in the region. The fees for the 2018-19 fall-winter season were as follows:
Full Time Membership:
Early Bird Membership: $840 (Deposit of $140 payable by July 15, balance of $700 by August 15. Includes $20 team membership fee)
Regular Membership: $880 (Deposit of $140 payable by July 15, 1st instalment of $370 by Aug. 15 plus, 2nd instalment of $370 by Nov. 15. Includes team membership fee)
Spare Player Fees:
$30 per game for spare members.
$20 per game for Full time players sparing for other other club teams
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any discounted membership available?
The team does not provide any discounted membership. However, members who volunteer for the club are rewarded with ‘points’ that can be redeemed towards league fees and other costs. Some of our members cover up to half their league fees with ‘points’ accrued during the year. We’re always looking for help with graphic design, website updates, team management, outreach, and help at the events. Get in touch to find out more.
What caliber of play can I expect?
We register two to four teams each fall for the winter season. The level is determined by the skill of the players registered but usually one team in a competitive mid to upper level division and one or two teams in a lower division for players that are looking primarily for recreation and exercise. The teams still play to win but the primary emphasis is on skill development and enjoying the game.
The competitive team played in Division 5 of the UBCTAHL in 2018-19. The games are competitive and fast. There is a real emphasis on teamwork and puck control. Games are, by and large, relatively clean with few penalties and very little clutch and grab. We also had two teams in division 8 at UBCTAHL sponsored by Fountainhead Pub.
How often do the Cutting Edges play?
The season runs from early September to early April, followed by about two-weeks of playoffs. Games are roughly split between week nights and weekends. A total of about 28 games are usually between 5 and 10 days apart. In addition to league games, and based on player demand, the Cutting Edges considers “Stick and Puck” sessions.
What level of commitment is expected?
All teams endeavor to have full benches for each and every game. You will be none-to-popular with your team mates if you are a last-minute no-show!! We use an online game scheduler service called Team Cowboy. Its easy to use and we expect players to sign in with their availability 48 hours prior to each game. So, please keep in mind that in order for all players to enjoy the season, register with the expectation that you will make most of the games. The drop-in “Stick and Puck” sessions may also help you get your hockey fix if your schedule does not allow you to commit to a team for the season.
What if my schedule does not permit this level of commitment?
Our teams are often looking for players willing to fill in as “spares.” If your schedule doesn’t allow you to commit to a whole season at this point, register as a spare and be sure to provide your availability on Team Cowboy. Players on the spares list pay a drop-in fee and play when either team has a short bench.
I don’t have any hockey equipment. Where can I get some?
Hockey equipment can be very expensive. Rentals may be a good options for the first few games if you’re just testing the waters. This can be arranged through the Pro-Shop at the UBC Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre.
I’d like to play hockey but I haven’t skated in years!
You might consider taking ‘Power Skating’ lessons at UBC or one of the municipal areas in Vancouver to develop your skating skills. The team’s “Stick and Puck” sessions are very casual and will give you ice time to develop your skating skills as well.
What off-ice activities do the Cutting Edges offer?
In addition to participation in the UBC League, various tournaments, and the Gay Games, the Cutting Edges are busy off the ice as well:
After some league games, team members will head to our sponsor Fountainhead Pub on Davie Street in the village for a cold pitcher of beer and a chance to relive some of the finer (or not so fine) moments of the night’s game.
The Cutting Edges play hard and party harder! Our annual SCORE fundraiser attracts over 400 people to the West End Community Centre for skating, drinks and dancing. The club organizes local social events and field trips such as road trips to Seattle to watch the Vancouver Giants trounce the Seattle Thunderbirds, a karaoke Christmas Party, and several team nights at the Pacific Coliseum to watch the Vancouver Giants.