Forty-three teams across three divisions played a combined 1,500+ games to get to this moment. The GTHL Regular Season Championship is awarded to the team who finishes at the top of their division at the end of the regular season, and the journey to get there often requires the perfect formula of teamwork and positive thinking.
“Our coaches encouraged us to play a team-first approach,” explained Ethan Bondy, a player with the Don Mills Mustangs Minor Peewee “A” championship team. “We were taught to look to pass to our teammates in order to create scoring chances. We were also very positive and supportive both on and off the ice to all our teammates.”
The Mustangs will be one of 43 winning teams honoured at the GTHL Regular Season Championship celebration on Sunday, February 25 at Scotiabank Pond. Each team will be awarded with their hard-earned trophies and will have the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishment as a team.
“I am looking forward to being able to celebrate all of the hard work that went into winning the regular season,” said Peter Kelly from the Toronto Eagles Minor Peewee “AA” squad. “Finally touching the trophy as a team will be a special moment.”
For some players, the celebration won’t be the first time they walk across the stage to accept a Regular Season Championship trophy. A total of 17 winning teams from 2017-18 also clinched a Regular Season Championship in their 2016-17 season.
“I’m really looking forward to having all of our names called and getting our pictures taken with the trophy,” said Lucas Novak who attended the celebration last year with his Toros Minor Atom (now Atom) “AA” team. “Last year and it was the highlight of the season.”
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