Around the G: September Preview
Summer sports wrapping up means it’s time to dust off the hockey gear (make sure it still fits) and hit the ice for another season. September marks a month of new beginnings in many aspects of life, including minor hockey. New season, new teammates, new coaches, and a new chance at glory. Here’s what’s happening around the G throughout the month of September.
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Toronto Titans Minor Midget Prospect Tournament
The 11th annual tournament will see over 50 of the top Minor Midget “AAA” teams from across North America compete to win the coveted title. The tournament has become a hotbed for scouts wanting to get an early look at top OHL prospects. GTHL teams have come out on top for the past two years.
Vaughan Rangers Early Bird
Some of the “AA” teams in GTA will get their legs ready for the season as they compete over four days around rinks in the Vaughan area. Divisions range from Minor Atom to Minor Midget and will guarantee teams at least four games.
“AAA” Schedule Begins
Teams from Minor Atom to Minor Midget begin their “AAA” season starting September 11 with the Bantam Jr. Canadiens and Mississauga Rebels kicking things off at 6:30 p.m. at Scotiabank Pond. Players in the Midget “AAA” loop will begin their season a few weeks after “AAA” players in younger divisions.
Duffield Devils Select Early Bird
Select teams from Tyke to Under-21 will kick off their seasons before they even begin at the annual Duffield Devils Early Bird. Teams who are successful at the tournament often have a reputation of repeating the pattern throughout both regular season and playoff action. A total of nine age divisions will compete at the three day long tournament.
“AA” and “A” Schedule Begins
Teams from Minor Atom to Minor Midget start their season on a jam-packed night featuring over 30 “A” and “AA” games.
Puck Drop Weekend – A Celebration of Mental Fitness
Movember and the GTHL will be on site at Canlan, York University during the third weekend of September. The event will focus on educating teams, parents, and players about the importance of mental fitness in hockey.
Canadiens Cup – Tyler Cragg Memorial Tournament
Named in honour of the late Jr. Canadiens coach, the Tyler Cragg Memorial, the tournament will host “AAA” teams from Minor Atom to Bantam during the last weekend of September.
All Club Tournaments in September
|Toronto Titans Minor Midget Prospect Tournament||Toronto Titans||September 4-9||Scotiabank Pond, Canlan Scarborough, and Westwood Arena|
|West Mall Lightning Early Bird Tournament||West Mall Lightning||September 5-9||Central, Pinepoint, Etobicoke Centennial|
|Toronto Red Wings Early Bird||Toronto Red Wings||September 6 – 9||Chesswood Arena, Westwood Arena, and Powerade Centre|
|Toronto Marlboros International Friendship Tournament||Toronto Marlboros||September 6-9||Canlan Ice Sports Etobicoke & Mastercard Centre|
|Vaughan Rangers Early Bird||Vaughan Rangers||September 6- 9||City of Vaughan Community Rinks|
|Brian Steele Memorial Tournament||Hillcrest Canadiens||September 10-16||Vaughan Sports Village, Canlan York University, Pavilion & Canlan Markham|
|Mississauga Early Bird||Mississauga North Stars||September 10 – 16||Iceland & Hershey Centre|
|Huskies Scotiabank Early Bird||Humberview Huskies||September 12- 16||Westwood Arena|
|Duffield Devils Select Early Bird||Duffield Devils||September 14- 16||Scotiabank Pond & Chesswood Arena|
|Vic Village Select Invitational||Victoria Village House League||September 14-16||Vic Village, Don Montgomery|
|Toronto Titans Major Midget Prospect Tournament||Toronto Titans||September 17-23||Scotiabank Pond & Chesswood Arena|
|Canadiens Cup – Tyler Cragg Memorial Tournament||Toronto Jr. Canadiens||September 27- 30||Scotiabank Pond, Chesswood Arena, & Westwood Arena|