How to Join

 
How do I Join a Team?
Players register by completing the online registration form and pay fees via interac money transfer or credit card (instructions provided on the online form).
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Cost
Fall 2020 Season:
- 4 on 4, 75-minute game slots
- 11 players per team, including goalie. No spares allowed
- League goes from Oct 2nd to Dec 20th- 6 games per team, no playoffs
- $180 per player, +$20 club membership
- more details on game play and COVID Precautions in the league email copied below

The number of teams we register will be dependent on the number of players that register. If we have enough players for more than one team, the players will be tiered by the Board according to skill level, and teams entered at different levels. 

Registration will be first come first serve when registration opens. 

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.

 

 

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. 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 have two teams in division 8 at UBCTAHL.

 

 

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?
Does not apply for 2020 Fall Season
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.