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League News

August 17th
Requesting Time Off, Exemption Use
Please note exemptions as always may be used for what teams feel is important. As always they are used for tournaments but they can be used to block-out dates teams need off such as fundraisers, school trips or religious holidays.
Is your team planning a fundraiser? They can use multiple days to build some time off to plan , enjoy and get some rest after a fundraiser.
Does your team need time off for a religious holiday? They can use it to take time off, for example some teams are using an exemption from September 20th to October 1st for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Teams just need to use one (1) exemption for this time period and can advise the GTHL which days they could play games in the middle of that time period.
Is there a school trip involving many of the players? You can use an exemption to get that time off.
Each team can decide which three time periods in the season are most important and submit exemptions.

August 16th
The First Schedule Release
The time period of September 11th to 24th will be released on August 30th. Our deadline for teams submitting exemptions is 5 weeks in advance so you can expect 4 to 5 weeks of schedule. The schedule is based on a weekly deadline passing before a week’s worth of schedule can be released. Something new for next year will be that exemptions will have a deadline of 7 weeks. This change will allow for 6 to 7 weeks worth of the schedule to be released in the 2018-2019 season.

Home Days Listed
Scroll down for the latest news on team home days. The chart is a good guide to managing practice days or letting players know which days could be generally open for other interests. Now a big thing to remember is that 80% of our game ice is on weekends. When you and another team find that you are playing a game on a day that is neither team’s home day then you realize the shift in ice scheduling when teams are out of the schedule because of tournament play.

Peewee “AAA” Schedule
The Peewee “AAA” group will be breaking from February 26th to March 6th as the Ontario Winter games are taking place March 1st to 4th. The regular season champion will be representing the GTHL. The break will occur in the semi-final round of the play-offs. Both semi-finals will observe the break if the regular season champion makes it to the semi-finals. The regular season will run from September 11th to February 1st and Peewee “AAA” teams have a cut-off for tournament exemptions of January 28th.

Midget “A” and “AA”
We can confirm that Midget “A” and “AA” will be playing in one GTHL wide group in their respective group. A determination on the number of games will be finalized in August as we will have a better idea on the number of teams taking part in the Midget “AA” and “A” program at that time. The recommendations made by the GTHL Board were the number of games would be approximately 30 games. A refund on the Player Registration Fee will be determined later in the summer. The GTHL hopes that these changes and many more will help our players balance hockey with school and other interests. More information can be found at this link, click here.

Tiering for groups 17 or larger
In groups of 17 or more teams based out of the East or West, those teams will be playing a tiered schedule. A single round-robin will take place and the groups will be tiered for the remainder of the season. Tier I will play against each other and Tier II will play against each other for the second half of the regular season. A cross-over play-off between lower seeded Tier 1 teams and higher seeded Tier II will determine the play-off participants which will be a field of 8 teams. Currently there are three groups that will use this structure they are Atom “AA” West, Minor Peewee “AA” West and Peewee “AA” West. These groups are part of a pilot project to review if more competitive games can be achieved by tiering the schedule. More info to follow on the structure.

Season Start Dates for 2017-18
AAA begins on September 11th
AA and A begins on September 18th

Winter Break
This season the winter break will be from Dec. 24th to Jan. 1st

Altered Flood Schedule
Please note, an Altered Flood Schedule will be used in SOME arenas to ensure our game program can be completed within our allotted times.  This takes place when two games from Bantam to Midget are scheduled.
The first game will follow the regular flood schedule with floods before the start of the game and another in-between the second and third period. As soon as that game ends, the second game in the back to back will begin without a flood and play the first period. In-between the first and second period, the only flood of this game will take place and those teams will play the second and third period on the fresh ice.
If the first game did not have a flood due to a five goal spread then we revert to a regular flood schedule in Game #2.

Below is an outline of what was described above:
Game 1 (bantam to midget)
1st period, 2nd period
3rd period
Game 2 (bantam to midget) – 1st period
2nd period, 3rd period

On some occasions other rinks will use this on an as needed basis.

Schedule Notes

Club Home Days 2017-2018 Season
Home Days for clubs for the 2017-20178 season are available. This chart will be updated periodically as home dates are submitted by each club. Home Days 2017-18

Weekly Releases

Tournament/Exemption Form

A tournament form is needed for every tournament you take part in. It acts as an insurance form; it also acts as an exemption form and most importantly if your team is not in a tournament but needs to be exempted it serves this purpose as well. You can use this form for a non-tournament but please remember it would still count as 1 of 3 exemptions.

The Mulligan?

Please note that some scheduling changes took place to some of the league schedules in the first three weeks of the schedule.  This was related to each club being given one ‘mulligan’ on situations when a team failed to request a schedule exemption.  The ‘mulligan’ is a GTHL rule that allows a club to get an exemption after the schedule is released.  This year the use of the ‘mulligan’ at the start of the year is a little bit more than usual so please double-check your schedule.

Looking For Ice?

Check out Canlan Ice Sports-York for practice ice throughout the season.

Need extra practice ice?
Check out Chesswood Arenas or Westwood Arenas for ice time throughout the season.
Looking for extra ice in Mississauga?
The Mississauga Recreation & Parks Dept. has recently enhanced their “Connect2Rec Communication Channel” to allow visitors the opportunity to check ice time availability at any of the City’s 12 Arenas (20 rinks). To grab some extra ice for your team, please click here.
Are you looking for ice?
The City of Toronto now offers GTHL teams the chance to permit extra ice using an automated system. To grab some extra ice for your team, please click here.

Exhibition Games

All season long . . . Any time you play an exhibition game you must have your club GM or President submit your game particulars. Your GM needs to know the date, location, time and opponent. The GTHL’s Central Registry can then be contacted to arrange officials at or 905-951-7946. If your team is traveling outside the GTHL boundaries, you must submit the Exhibition Game Application Form

Arena Notes

MasterCard Centre Policy on Warming up Off-Ice
Please be aware that playing with pucks, balls, golf balls, balls of tape etc. is not allowed in the dressing rooms or anywhere around the perimeter of our rinks or lobby of the MasterCard Centre.  Failure to comply will result in ejection from the facility. Your co-operation and help with this would be appreciated and would assist in keeping our facility safe and clean.

City of Toronto Policy on Warming Up in the Arena
We would like to ask your help during the 2009/2010 hockey season. Could you please speak to your coaches, parents, officials etc. and let them know that hockey playing with pucks, balls, balls of tape etc. is not allowed in the dressing rooms or any where around the perimeter of our arenas. Any cooperation and help you can give us with this would be appreciated and would assist in keeping our arenas clean.

Lambton Arena
When parking at Lambton Arena, please be advised that parking in the grassy area at the arena is not permitted. Please only park in the designated parking spot area. There are a number of games being run on Sundays at Lambton, but please only park in designated parking spots.

Players are asked to exit the ice surface from the end-zone doors and not use the centre ice exit door when entering or exiting the ice surface.

White Hockey Pucks
Coaches using White Hockey Pucks must collect all of them at the end of their practice.  Pucks left on the ice after a practice are difficult for rink staff to see and can (have) cause damage to a Zamboni.  Coaches should do a white puck count at the beginning and end of practices.

Incorrect Scores

From time to time a score will be reported incorrectly on the GTHL website. This may be due to an error on the game sheet or perhaps the score being recorded incorrectly. When this occurs simply fax  or scan the game sheet – to the attention of Anthony Munro – to 416-636-2035 and list the cover page as Score Correction. Once we receive this information we can make the appropriate correction. This fax should be sent by the Head Coach or Manager of the team to ensure the office doesn’t receive numerous inquiries about the same incorrect score.