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Posted 10/9/2017 Ref # 6443

1st Annual "Terror off the Turf" Halloween Party - 28 October 2017

As part of our re-commitment to fostering a fun, inclusive and community-centric club, the Premier Men's Team would like to formally invite you to the 1st Annual WVFHC Spooooktacular “Terror off the Turf” Halloween Party at our very own haunted Hugo Ray Clubhouse on Saturday October 28th from 6:30 - 11:00 pm.

This informal gathering is open to WVFHC members, friends and family of all ages, and besides fending off feral ghouls and ghosts, the focus will be squarely on building camaraderie and friendship within the Club. To complement our cash bar, the Prem Team’s resident head chef Rob Shaw will be there cooking up a mean dinner spread, so bring your costumes and appetites!

Please head to to get your tickets  - only $5 before October 18.

There will be optional shuttle transportation to and from Hugo Ray Clubhouse.  Check out our Facebook page for more information.

We hope you can join us!


Posted 8/21/2017 Ref # 6442

WVFHC is hiring a Club Administrator and a Communications Coordinator!

We are expanding our team!

West Vancouver Field Hockey Club is hiring a Club Administrator and a Communications Coordinator

The West Vancouver Field Hockey Club is a North Shore sports success story. We offer year-round programming to girls, boys, men and women, and promote a sport-for-life pathway.  We are seeking to recruit individuals to two positions that will work with our staff, board and volunteers to provide key services to our members.

Club Administrator

  • Do you have proven experience in an administrative role?
  • Are you an excellent problem solver with strong interpersonal skills to provide front line support to the public?
  • Can you confidently handle databases, registrations and other systems?

We are seeking an administrator who will be responsible for the registration system and administrative needs of the club. Key responsibilities include managing and launching a new WVFHC registration system and database, member inquiries, registration support and other administrative needs. 
For a complete job description click here.

Communications Coordinator

  • Do you have 3-5 years of experience in communications or marketing?
  • Can you demonstrate excellent writing, editing and social media skills?
  • Are you a confident project manager with the ability to work independently to deadlines?

We are seeking a Communications Coordinator to develop and implement communications initiatives to support the club’s mission. Key responsibilities include launching the new club website, membership communication, marketing programs and social media channels. For a complete job description click here.

Please send all applications in confidence to Emma Gibbons, General Manager at

Application Deadline: Sept 18, 2017

Posted 7/25/2017 Ref # 6436

Summer Schedule for Rutledge is now available!

2017 Summer Schedule 

Summer Drop-In Sessions at Rutledge

Our free drop-in programs begin on July 10th. Sessions are open to players of all abilities (including non-members). We encourage families to come down and try our family drop-in and more serious or competitive players can attend the Adult skills and 7-a-side times slots. Please feel free to invite your friends and family down to join us.  

Please note the following cancellations for our summer drop-in schedule:
  • Tuesday July 25th due to Men's Nations Team Game.
  • Monday August 7th for BC Day
  • Friday August 18th
  • Monday 28th - Thursday 31st August

Adult Skills

Adult Skills is a hockey program for Men and Women's players who are looking to maintain or improve their fitness and field hockey skills in preparation for the fall season.

Sessions are catered for both beginner and intermediate players and there is always a game element included in each session. Men and Women will train separately if numbers allow. Players may attend Monday and/or Thursday sessions.

To register for Adult Skills click here.

Posted 7/18/2017 Ref # 6439

2017 Orca Festival

Sign-up for the 2017 Orca Festival!
Sept 2-3, Hugo Ray Park

That’s right! We’re going back-to-grass, where it all began!

Join the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club at Hugo Ray Park for a fun-filled weekend. The famous Orca Festival returns this year, with a 7-aside format, in Mixed & Family divisions.

  • Mixed Social Division: 14 years and older, mixed teams, 7-aside, 25-minute games
  • Family Division: All ages, mixed teams, 8-aside NO goalie, 25-minutes games 

(Although both divisions are SOCIAL hockey, the Family Division emphasizes sportsmanship, creating scoring opportunities for the young ones and new players.)

Come and enjoy some social hockey, BBQ, and a beer garden before the good weather ends. Form your teams & sign-up now!

  • Registration Fee: $200 per team / $20 for individuals (Mixed Social Division only looking for a team)
  • All teams must supply one umpire.
  • Registration Deadline: August 13th

Click the follow link to register:  Register a Team | Individual Registration

Any questions, please contact Chris Baggott

Posted 6/23/2017 Ref # 6438

WVFHC mourns the passing of Az Ansari

Dear Friends, 

As you may or may not have heard, Az Ansari passed away on June 10, 2017, at home with his wife Sharon, his son Faiz and daughter Sophia at his side at the age of 87.  

In honour of Az Ansari who will be officially recognized at his service and celebration of life on June 28, 2017 as one of the founding members of the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club-1972 (co-founders: Nick Milkovich, Nick Rowe, Joost Wolsak and Mike Pearson) . Please click here to see the attached invite from the Ansari family to you and your family and members of WVFHC to join them at his service (North Vancouver Cemetery) followed by the celebration of life at Hugo Ray Park/Pavilion. I am personally requesting your help in reaching players you played with at WVFHC and or any members of the Vancouver hockey fraternity that knew Az personally by forwarding this invite on to them.  

At the request of the family you are being asked to dig deep into the storage as they would like to see as many of the retro WVFHC, Jokers and all other league uniforms in attendance at Hugo Ray for his celebration of life to help engage all to share the history and stories of Az and the WVFHC. As you will see below our community has reason to celebrate the life of one of its legends who gave so much of his time, effort and experience to kids and sport: 

A brief history of Az Ansari and the founding of the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club:

  • Helped start the Jokers FHC with Victor Warren (son of Harry Warren/Warren fields at UBC) and some others including my father after they graduated from UBC.
  • In 1971 Az Ansari who had located to the North Shore to begin a family and suggested to his other North Shore Joker teammates that they should start a club on the North Shore so post game beers could be easier. Both Nick Milkovich and Jost Walsak agreed and said to Az; " You start it and we will come play for you". 
  • He did - In 1972 Az Ansari held the first meeting of the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club (WVFHC).
  • He secured Klahani fields (Capilano Rugby Club) and then teams up with his cricket friends in North Van - Mike Pearson and secures two fields at the newly created 3rd st. park (Hugo Ray). 
  • They start with one team in the fall of 1972 in division 2. 
  • Sept 1973 they have three teams in divisions 2,3,4.
  • Sept 1975 the WVFHC top team were promoted to the 1st division.
  • Az completes his term as club President in 1976 where he passes it on to ?

Jr. Boys:

  • In 1972 he also starts Jr Boys hockey at Klahani with both Az and Nick Milkovich running the junior programs.
  • He does this by meticulously preparing 10,000 flyers and brochures and individually visits every school on the North Shore. 
  • Az operated the Jr program until 1985.
  • In 1973 Az opened an indoor training within Glenmore school (Collingwood).
  • In 1974/75 Az, Brian Seymour (Vancouver Hawks) and Jurgen Lankau (Tsawassen Falcons) meet to create what is todays Jr league as there was no league in existence at that time.
  • The first tournament at West Van was held over Easter in 1974 operated by Az and the new club members.
  • Graduates of the West Vancouver Jr Boys program include: 

                                Ian Bird - 2x Olympian, 98' World Cup, 98 CG  (Captain)
                                Paul Wettlaufer - 2x Olympian, 2 x World Cup, 98,03,07 CG (Captain)
                                Mike Mahood - FIH Presidents XI 99' , 2x Olympian, 98 World Cup, 98,03,07 CG (Captain)
                                Peter Milkovich - FIH Presidents XI 99', 2x Olympian, 2 x World Cup, 2x Indoor WC, 98 CG (Captain)

Canadian International Players who made WVFHC their club:

  • Dave Bissett - 84,88 Olympics (Captain)
  • Ross Rutledge - 84,88 Olympics (Captain)
  • Chris Gifford - 88,2000 Olympics
  • Trevor Porritt - 84,88 Olympics
  • Lance Carey - 76 Olympics (Founder Richmond FHC)
  • Rob Short - 2000, 2008 Olympics, 2x World Cups, EHL MVP 2011 (Captain)
  • Scott Tupper - 08,16 Olympics, 2x World Cups (Current Captain)
  • Mark Pearson - 08,16 Olympics, 2x World Cups
  • Anthony Kindler - 16 Olympics, 10 World Cup                               

Jr. Girls.

  • In 1981 Az started the junior girls spring program at the club with practices at Sentinel HS gym (still being used by the club today) because his daughter and Victor Warren (former FHC President) wanted their girls to play hockey.
  • Az begins the junior girls program by arranging friendly games with Richmond, Hawks and Falcons.
  • Az then meets with Don Paterson and Brian Seymour and Don Paterson agrees to build the Jr. women's league out in the same fashion as the boys league which is the foundation of the sport for young girls today.

Sr. Women

In 1979 the President of the North Vancouver women's field hockey club phones Az and asks if they can join WVFHC.
A copy of the 1979/80 women's team roster is available. The coach is Bill Purcell whom I play with today on the WVFHC 'D' team.


  • In 1978 Az persuades Nick Milkovich to prepare drawings for clubhouse at Hugo Ray which has now expanded to four fields. It does not get chosen as the final design.
  • Members Peter Morely and Pat Brook took on the clubhouse venture and successfully raised enough capital for the clubhouse at Hugo Ray.
  • It is still today the only full service clubhouse for hockey in Canada.  

The Ansari family looks forward to seeing and meeting you and your family on June 28.  

Posted 5/5/2017 Ref # 6431

Summer Camp Registration for Junior players is now Open!

Registration is now open for our 2017 Summer camps!

SportWays Summer Camp from 4-7 July for age 8-18 years - last year over 80 of you learned the latest hockey techniques from the Netherlands with the dynamic Sportways team.  This year they are back and ready to bring you more exciting skills development & fun activities!

Multi-Sport Camp from 10-14 July for grade K - 7 - new for this year we are excited to introduce a new multi-sport camp. Practice your field hockey in the mornings then try a different sport each day!

Summer of Fun Camp from 1-3 August for grade K-7 - looking to sharpen or learn new skills? Work on technique and skills and play fun games in a supportive environment. Great place to perfect your hockey or start a new sport!

Specialty Skills Camp from 8-10 August for grade 8-12 -
join us field-side and work on fun specialty skills that will help to define your game! 

Back 2 School Camp from 28 August - 1 September for grade 6-12 - refresh your skills, work on your fitness and work on your game play with high school & fall field hockey teammates

Click here for registration details for summer camps.  

We look forward to seeing you at Rutledge during the Summer!

P.S. We are excited to partner with North Shore Girls Soccer Club to run a Pro-D camp on the 8 May and a summer camp from 14-18 August. Please visit for more information


Posted 4/25/2017 Ref # 6429

West Vancouver plays perfect host for Women's Hockey World League Round 2

 Read the article below from Pan American Hockey Federation. 
Posted 4/3/2017 Ref # 6412

International Women's Field Hockey action at Rutledge 1-9 April !

WVFHC is proud to be hosting this international tournament  featuring 7 teams including Canada, India, Mexico, Chile, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay and Belarus. The full tournament schedule has now been confirmed and can be viewed here along with all event details.

Join in the fun and volunteer

WVFHC was approached by Field Hockey Canada to host World League 2 following our successful role in hosting the Men's US-Canada Series last summer.  To be invited to host this prestigious tournament is a testimony to our wonderful membership and to the passion for field hockey on the north shore.  

We invite you to sign up to volunteer and take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to watch and learn from world-class hockey players.  We have a variety of roles depending on your interest and availability.  For more information and to register as a volunteer, click here.

And there is more to come...
WVFHC is working hard to enable our members to benefit from this unparalleled opportunity to see international-level field hockey in our own back yard.   Our Spring League members will receive separate communication about a selection program for ball kids and team kids within the next couple of weeks.

If you have any questions, please contact

Posted 3/28/2017 Ref # 6423

Spring League 2017 Practices begin....

Games begin:

U9-U10 teams:  April 8-9th
U11-U18 teams:  April 1-2nd 

Posted 3/24/2017 Ref # 6421

Introducing a new partnership with Neptune Terminals!


Introducing a new partnership with Neptune Terminals!
We are excited to announce that our U6-U10 Spring League program will be sponsored by Neptune Terminals for the next three years.

Neptune Terminals have been part of the North Shore for 45 years and believe in the importance of investing in our community. They have a strong interest in supporting young children trying and discovering their passion for sport - and this is a philosophy that we share at West Vancouver Field Hockey Club. We are committed to encouraging children of all ages to pick up a hockey stick.  

Players in our U6-U10 program will receive a t-shirt that is uniquely co-branded with the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club and Neptune Terminal logo.  You may also spot some brand new co-branded tents at the field!  We are excited about the opportunities that this partnership will bring to increase the visibility and awareness of field hockey across the north shore.

Visit for more information about Neptune Terminals.

If you have any questions please email