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December 18th
Week 18 Release
The time period of January 15th to January 21st has been released.    A busy week 18 sees 488 games added to the league schedule including the first playoff games in the Minor Midget “AAA” division.    Teams using exemptions is relatively low at 41.    The “I Play in the G” festival runs at Scotiabank Pond from January 19-21.    The Vaughan Rangers celebrate their club day on Thursday January 18th.

December 11th
Week 17 Release
The time period of January 8th to January 14th has been released.    The race towards the GTHL playoffs continues with 455 games added to the league schedule.    One of the largest weeks for exemptions sees 137 teams being exempt from the schedule for most or all of the week.    Midget “A” and “AA” return to league action beginning on January 8th.     The Toronto Aeros host their Winter Challenge tournament from January 11-14.    The Vaughan Rangers host “Hockey Day in Vaughan” on Saturday January 13th, while the Vaughan Panthers celebrate their club day on Sunday January 14th.

December 4th
Week 16 Release
The time period of January 2nd to January 7th has been released.    The GTHL regular season resumes after the Christmas break with 423 games added to the schedule over 6 days.    A large contingent of 130 teams are using exemptions during this period, with the majority taking the full week off.    All Midget “A” and “AA” teams will not play any regular season games from January 2-7, their schedules will resume on January 8th.     The Leaside Flames are using their club day on Tuesday January 2nd.

November 23rd
Week 15 Release
The time period of December 18th to December 23rd has been released.    A six day week brings the league schedule to the Christmas break, adding 380 games to the league schedule.    There are no GTHL league games scheduled from December 24 – January 1 inclusive.     A total of 20 teams are using exemptions in the week prior to Christmas.  The Don Mills Mustangs and York Mills are using their club days on Saturday December 23rd.

November 16th
Week 14 Release
The time period of December 11th to December 17th has been released.    A busy week 14 adds another 515 games to the league schedule.      With only 9 teams using exemptions during this period, there are a lot of teams available to fill the large number of game slots.     The Minor Midget/Midget “AAA” showcase is being held at Westwood on Saturday December 16th and Chesswood/Herb Carnegie on Sunday December 17th.

November 15th
Tiering Divisions Schedules – Atom “AA” West, Minor Peewee “AA” West, Peewee “AA” West
As Stage 1 for the Atom “AA” West, Minor Peewee “AA” West, Peewee “AA” West comes to a completion we will start populating the schedule with match-ups.  You will note many game slots have been posted with age groups but with-out team names as they are placeholders for teams.  As teams are now being locked into Tier 1 or Tier 2 we can do some advance scheduling and add team names to the placeholders.  Look for some of the Stage 2 match-ups to be announced beginning as early as November 17th.   Please check out the GTHL games centre on a regular basis for confirmed match-ups.

November 10th
Midget “A” and “AA” schedule breaks
The Midget “A” and “AA” divisions will not be scheduled any league games during the following breaks:

January 2-7, 2018
January 20-28, 2018 (Exam break)
March 9-18, 2018 (March break)

November 9th
Week 13 Release
The time period of December 4th to December 10th has been released.    Week 13 sees 453 games added to the league schedule.      Tournament travel begins to slow down leading up to Christmas with 69 teams using exemptions during this time period.     The Vaughan Kings are hosting their 3rd annual tournament from December 7-10.   The Streetsville Tigers are celebrating their club night on Wednesday December 6th.

November 2nd
Week 12 Release
The time period of November 27th to December 3rd has been released.    Week 12 sees 465 games added to the league schedule.      A very large contingent of 165 teams are using exemptions during this period, meaning some extra games for those teams not travelling.     The Mississauga Jets are hosting the Paul Coffey Tournament from December 1-3 along with the Vaughan Rangers hosting the regional Silver Stick qualifier on the same weekend.      The Toronto Red Wings are celebrating their club night on Friday December 1st.

October 26th
Week 11 Release
The time period of November 20th to November 26th has been released.    Week 11 sees 473 games added to the league schedule.      The GTHL hosts the Platinum Cup for teams in the Atom AAA/AA/A age groups from November 24th – 26th.     The American Thanksgiving weekend sees 73 teams using exemptions for tournament travel.

Phase 1 of the Peewee “AA” West tiering schedule comes to a completion on November 25th, placeholder game slots for games in phase 2 are scheduled beginning on November 26th.     Phase 1 tiering schedule for Minor Peewee “AA” West will conclude on November 26th, Atom “AA” West will conclude on November 28th.

October 19th
Week 10 Release
The time period of November 13th to November 19th has been released.    A smaller than average week sees 397 games added to the league schedule.   Several of our multi-pad facilities are unavailable for use on the November 17-19 weekend.    A large number of travelling teams sees 130 teams using exemptions during this week.     The Toronto Wolverines host their Fall Classic Tournament and the Mississauga Rebels host their Border Battle Tournament from November 17-19.     The North York Rangers and Goulding Park Rangers celebrate their club day on Friday November 17th.

October 12th
Week 9 Release
The time period of November 6th to November 12th has been released.    The largest week of the season to date adds another 524 games to the schedule as we have a full compliment of ice available during this time period.   There are 81 teams using travel permits during this week.     The Mississauga Blackhawks are hosting their tournament from November 10-12.     The Toronto Eagles are the only team celebrating their club day during this week, on November 10th.

October 11th
Etobicoke Centennial Arena – Project, construction and facility staff have been working very hard to ensure that the facility will open as planned.     Given their efforts Etobicoke Centennial is on schedule to open the East arena on October 12th.      The target to open the West arena is October 20th.     Please keep in mind that Etobicoke Centennial is still a construction site during the weekdays as this is a yearlong project and work is still being done.    Please be advised of the following:

  • Lobby washrooms will not be available however portable toilets are available in front of the building for public use.
  • Washrooms and showers in the change rooms are operational.

October 6th
Leaside Arena – There is road construction at the intersection of Millwood and Laird that is impacting the time it takes to get to the Leaside Arena. This construction is set to go on for all of October. Please allow an extra 15 minutes when travelling to Leaside Arena.

October 6th
Team Folding – The Minor Midget “AA” Toros have folded.     Teams in this division will continue to play a 36 game schedule that has been adjusted to account for the folding of the Toros.

October 5th
Week 8 Release
The time period of October 30th to November 5th has been released.    Week 8 is smaller than recent weeks with 419 games being added to the schedule, several of a multi-pad facilities are unavailable for league games on the November 3-5 weekend.   A total of 125 teams are using exemptions from November 3-5.     There are no games scheduled for the Minor Atom – Minor Bantam age groups on Tuesday October 31st to allow our younger players to enjoy “trick or treating”.    The Mississauga Reps are hosting the Shanahan International tournament from November 3-5.    November 4th is being used as a “club day” by the Hillcrest Canadiens, Mississauga Jets and Mississauga Reps.

September 28th
Week 7 Release
The time period of October 23rd to October 29th has been released.    Week 7 is largest to date for the 2017/18 season with 503 games being added to the schedule.   A small number of 10 teams are using exemptions for the October 27-29 weekend, 75 teams carried over their previous weekends exemptions into Monday October 23rd.     The Mississauga Terriers, Mississauga Rebels and Mississauga North Stars are all celebrating their club days on Friday October 27th.

September 22nd
Week 6 Release
The time period of October 16th to October 22nd has been released.    A very busy week 6 adds 501 games to the schedule.      The October 20-22 weekend is one of the busiest travel weekends of the season with 161 teams using exemptions during this period, resulting in an abundance of games for those teams not travelling on the weekend.   The Mississauga North Stars are hosting their Scotiabank Cup Tournament from October 20-22.

September 20th
Master Outlines
We have posted Master Outlines to the Club Portals.  These master outlines are a guide to the pattern of home ice in your division.  They are very helpful for giving you a break-down of your opponents for the season.   If you ask your Club GM or President for your Master Outline then please remember it is not a tool for determining days off as the schedule especially on weekends is very fluid.  When teams play in tournaments it opens up game ice that must be filled.   Planning a special event should be done once the schedule is released for that time period or by using an exemption in advance.   Please contact your club for more information.

Under 21 “AAA”
The Under 21 “AAA” (Juvenile) will be once again be playing an interlock schedule with the OMHA.  The three GTHL teams will play each other 6 times each for a total of 12 game. The Interlock this year has expanded to 4 games versus each of the OMHA’s four opponents for a total 16 games.   The GTHL will be represented by the Toronto Avalanche, Toronto Colts and Toronto Aeros.   The OMHA will be represented by Whitby, Ajax, Schomberg and Bradford.  The GTHL teams will then compete in their own play-offs as they compete for a spot at the OHFs.

September 19th
Team Folding – The U21 “AAA” Scarborough Young Bruins have folded.

September 13th
Week 5 Release
The time period of October 10th to October 15th has been released.    This is a 6 day release, Thanksgiving Monday October 9th was released with the previous week.     Week 5 adds another 355 games to the schedule.    There are considerably less west end games on the October 13-15 weekend with several of our multi-pad facilities unavailable for use.   There are 54 teams using exemptions during this time period.      The Mississauga Beast are celebrating their club day on Sunday October 15th, while the Humberview Huskies host their “AA” invitational tournament from October 13-15.

September 8th
Thornhill Community Center  – Construction at the main entrance of the Thornhill Community Center has commenced this morning. This project will take place in two stages.   Stage 1 will result in the arena entrance being CLOSED.    The alternate entrance will be the library entrance, adjacent to the main arena entrance.   Alternatively, we would like all arena users to use the north entrance to minimize the traffic on the road as drop off loop is closed. This closure will be in effect until mid-October.    Stage 2 would consist of shutting down the library entrance and opening up the arena entrance.

September 7th
Week 4 Release

The time period of October 2nd to October 9th has been released.    This 8 day release includes Thanksgiving Monday October 9th.     Week 4 adds another 476 games to the schedule, plus 20 more games on Thanksgiving Monday.    There are 38 teams using exemptions during this time period.      Both the Mississauga Blackhawks and Duffield Devils are using Friday October 6th for the annual “club days”.

Team Folding – The Midget “AA” Toronto Aeros have folded.

September 1st
Week 3 Release

The time period of September 25th to October 1st has been released.    The Midget “A”, “AA” and “AAA” loops begin regular season play on October 1st.   Week 3 adds another 393 games to the schedule, there are 52 teams using exemptions during this week.     The Avalanche host their club day on Saturday September 30th.     The Toronto Jr. Canadiens are hosting the Tyler Cragg Memorial tournament from September 28th – October 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)
Flood
1st period, 2nd period
Flood
3rd period
NO FLOOD
Game 2 (bantam to midget) – 1st period
Flood
2nd period, 3rd period
Flood

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

 

August 28th
Week 1 and 2 Release
The time periods of September 11th to 17th and September 18th to 24th have been released.  The “AAA” loop starts play in the first week and then “AA” and “A” get started on the 18th.  Both time periods see more games being played in the first two weeks this season compared to last season’s first two weeks.  Week 1 is made up of 63 games and you will note more games under one roof involving entire age groups have been scheduled. It’s something new as we try to drop the puck for all 12 teams in one group at the same time. Week 2 is a busy week with 471 games being played and our Puck Drop weekend will have a new and great social media contest for players , coaches and parents to take part in. More details to come out soon on our web-site.  We’ve posted two weeks worth of schedule in a 31-week season.

August 28th
Schedule Formats “AAA”
Minor Atom to Midget will play a balanced 33 game schedule.
Minor Atom , Minor Peewee and Minor Bantam will have their play-offs run until April 15th.
Atom play-offs will be completed by April 5th which gives the GTHL champion a week off before OHFs.
Peewee play-offs will be completed by April 1st which gives the GTHL champion a week off before the Hockey Canada championship. This year the play-offs will also break from February 26th to March 6th as the Ontario Winter games takes place.
Bantam play-offs will be completed by March 25th and Midget by March 24th which gives the GTHL champion a week off before the Hockey Canada championships.
Minor Midget play-offs will be completed by March 9th in time for the OHL Cup that starts March 13th.
Under 21 is working on a GTHL-OMHA interlock schedule that is dependent on the number of OMHA teams. The number of games is to be determined based on the number of entries.

August 28th
Schedule Formats “AA” East

Minor Atom 36 Games Balanced Playoffs Completed by April 15
Atom 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 5th for OHFs
Minor Peewee 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 15th
Peewee 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 5th for OHFs
Minor Bantam 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 15th
Bantam 36 Games Balanced Play-offs completed by April 5th for OHFs
Minor Midget 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 15th
Midget Jr. 36 Games Unbalanced

Interlock, play between East and West one game

Play-offs completed by April 15th

 

August 28th
Schedule Formats “AA” West

Minor Atom 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 15th
Atom TBD Games Tiering, First Stage is Balanced, Second Stage TBD, Play-offs completed by April 5th for OHFs
Minor Peewee TBD Games Tiering, First Stage is Balanced, Second Stage TBD, Play-offs completed by April 15th
Peewee  TBD Games Tiering, First Stage is Balanced, Second Stage TBD, Play-offs completed by April 5th for OHFs
Minor Bantam 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 15th
Bantam 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 5th for OHFs
Minor Midget 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 15th
Midget Jr. 36 Games Unbalanced

Interlock, play between East and West one game

Play-offs completed by April 15th

 

Schedule Formats “AA” Midget
The teams will play in one group with a 30 game schedule that is Unbalanced. Play-offs completed by April 5th for OHFs

August 28th
Schedule Formats “A” East

Minor Atom 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 10th, “A” Championships completed by April 15th
Atom 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by March 30th, “A” Championships completed by April 5th for OHFs
Minor Peewee 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 10th, “A” Championships completed by April 15th
Peewee 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by March 30th, “A” Championships completed by April 5th for OHFs
Minor Bantam 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 10th, “A” Championships completed by April 15th
Bantam 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 10th, “A” Championships completed by April 15th
Minor Midget 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 10th, “A” Championships completed by April 15th
Midget Jr. 36 Games Unbalanced

Interlock, play between East and West one game

Play-offs completed by April 10th, “A” Championships completed by April 15th for OHFs

 

August 28th
Schedule Formats “A” West

Minor Atom 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 10th, “A” Championships completed by April 15th
Atom 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by March 30th, “A” Championships completed by April 5th for OHFs
Minor Peewee 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 10th, “A” Championships completed by April 15th
Peewee 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by March 30th, “A” Championships completed by April 5th for OHFs
Minor Bantam 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 10th, “A” Championships completed by April 15th
Bantam 36 Games Balanced Play-offs completed by April 10th, “A” Championships completed by April 15th
Minor Midget 36 Games Balanced Play-offs completed by April 10th, “A” Championships completed by April 15th
Midget Jr. 36 Games Unbalanced

Interlock, play between East and West one game

Play-offs completed by April 10th, “A” Championships completed by April 15th


August 28th

Schedule Formats “A” Midget
The teams will play in one group with a 30 game schedule that is Balanced. Play-offs completed by March 30th, “A” Championships completed by April 5th for OHFs

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

 

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 cr-gthl@bell.net 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.