With a whole summer come and gone, it’s easy to forget what happened on the ice a whole season ago. Will these teams be as dominant in 2018-19 as they were in 2017-18?
East: While North Toronto captured the GTHL Regular Season Championship, it would be the second place North York Knights and fourth place Leaside Flames who dominated the post-season. The Knights would fall to the Duffield Devils in the Scotiabank GTHL Playoff finals, but were able to clinch the East with ease against the Flames.
West: After losing only one game during the regular season, the Duffield Devils had one memorable debut season, capturing both a GTHL Regular Season Championship and Scotiabank GTHL Playoff title. The second place Greater Toronto Capitals were the only team to defeat the Devils during the regular season, with the two teams eventually meeting in the West final.
Teams to watch: North Toronto, North York Knights, Duffield Devils, Greater Toronto Capitals
East: Numerous post-season upsets highlighted the East last season, with the second, third, and fourth place teams all eliminated within the first round of the playoffs. The first place Willowdale Blackhawks prevailed after capturing the GTHL Regular Season Championship, adding a Scotiabank GTHL Playoff trophy to their name after defeating the Toronto Royals.
West: The Toronto Royals were one of the only teams who could get past the first place Vaughan Panthers all season. The Panthers finished only one point ahead of the Royals to capture the GTHL Regular Season Championship, however, it would be the Royals who came out on top in the post-season. The Royals would win the West and fall to the Willowdale Blackhawks in the finals.
Teams to watch: Willowdale Blackhawks, Toronto Aeros, Ted Reeve Thunder, Vaughan Panthers, Toronto Royals
East: The Willowdale Blackhawks and York Mills were the only two teams who could manage to get past the Don Mills Mustangs in the regular season. The playoffs were a different game, with the Mustangs defeating both teams to take the crown as Scotiabank GTHL Playoff champs.
West: The Vaughan Rangers were able to stay on top through the duration of the season, earning a GTHL Regular Season Championship and winning the West with ease. Despite the dominance, the Rangers were unable to come up with an answer for the Don Mills Mustangs in the post-season finals.
Teams to watch: Willowdale Blackhawks, Vaughan Rangers, Toronto Eagles, Don Mills Mustangs
East: The only losses for North Toronto during the regular season came at the hands of the second place Leaside Flames and the Goulding Park Rangers . The Flames followed North Toronto all the way to the East final where they defeated the first place North Toronto squad in five games. The Flames would eventually fall to the Avalanche in the finals.
West: Only three points separated the GTHL Regular Season Championship winning West Mall Lightning and the second place Avalanche after the regular season came to an end. With the Lightning eliminated in the second round, the post-season belonged to the Avalanche, who would defeat the Leaside Flames to win the title.
Teams to watch: Leaside Flames, North Toronto, West Mall Lightning, Avalanche
East: Finishing the regular season with one loss to their name and 11 points ahead of the second place West Hill Golden Hawks, the Toronto Aeros were dominant at every step of the way. After defeating the Golden Hawks in the East final, the Aeros were able to capture the Scotiabank GTHL Playoffs in five games.
West: The Toronto Wolverines soared to the top of the regular season standings, but the Duffield Devils would dominate the post-season. After winning the West, the Devils couldn’t manage to get past the Aeros in the final.
Teams to watch: Toronto Wolverines, Duffield Devils, Toronto Aeros, West Hill Golden Hawks
East: Very few teams found an answer to the Don Mills Mustangs last season. After adding a GTHL Regular Season Championship to their name, the Mustangs were able to defeat the West’s Vaughan Panthers in four games to add to their trophy case as post-season champions.
West: With the second and third place teams eliminated early in the playoffs, the first place Vaughan Panthers matched up the sixth place Toronto Eagles in the West final. The Eagles put up an impressive fight, eventually falling to the Panthers in six games.
Teams to watch: Don Mills Mustangs, Forest Hill, Vaughan Panthers, Toronto Eagles
East: There was no touching the red-hot Leaside Flames all the way to the playoffs. Finishing the regular season 15 points ahead of the second place squad, the Flames swept their first two post-season series’, eventually defeating the Humberview Huskies in four games in the final.
West: The Avalanche and Vaughan Rangers were neck-in-neck all season long as they battled for the top spot in the West. The Avalanche would be successful in clinching the GTHL Regular Season Championship, finishing one point ahead of the Rangers. The post-season would play out differently. With the Rangers eliminated in the semi-finals, the third place Huskies would defeat the Avalanche to win the West.
Teams to watch: Avalanche, Vaughan Rangers, Humberview Huskies, Leaside Flames
With the division down to seven teams, the Toronto Aeros will look to repeat as GTHL Regular Season and Scotiabank GTHL Playoff champions. The Aeros dominated in the post-season, eliminating the Vaughan Panthers to capture the title as post-season champs.
Teams to watch: Toronto Aeros, Vaughan Panthers