The Scotiabank GTHL Playoff trophies have been won and raised, and now GTHL teams heading to the OHF Championships are off to prove themselves as the ultimate provincial powerhouses.
“We’ve been waiting for this weekend for four years,” explained Logan Shnier of the North York Knights Peewee “AA” squad. The Knights have managed to get to the city final the past three seasons, but failed to claim a Scotiabank GTHL Playoff title until this year. “It feels very rewarding to know that our hard work finally paid off. We don’t take this opportunity for granted for one second.”
The Knights are one of 12 teams representing the GTHL or MHL who are set to compete in OHF Championships from April 13-15. Two of the championships will be hosted by GTHL Clubs, with North Toronto hosting Midget “AA” teams, and the West Mall Lightning hosting the Atom “A” championships.
“We would love to have everyone out to enjoy a game or two to cheer on the teams,” said West Mall Lightning General Manager, Terry Ray. “Tournament Chair Amy Caira, coach Jeremy Bourne, and the parents of the West Mall Atom “A” team are putting together the last minute touches to make the tournament a memorable one.”
For many players in the GTHL, the tournament is a once in a lifetime opportunity to play against the best of the best.
“I’m excited to play with my team once more because this chance may not happen every year,” said Tyler Bunker who will be headed to the Atom “AA” championship with his Leaside Flames team. Bunker also expressed his excitement about everything an OHF Championship entails, including off-ice activities. “I’m excited to be going to the opening banquet and how professional it is because we have to dress up in a shirt and tie.”
GTHL teams have already had success at the OHF Regional Championships, with the Don Mills Flyers claiming the Bantam “AAA” regionals, and the Toronto Young Nationals winning the Central Regionals.
For a full schedule of OHF Championships, visit the official OHF Championships website.