Season Start Dates for 2019-20
AAA begins on September 9th
AA and A begins on September 16th
This season the winter break will be from Dec. 24th to Jan. 1st
Tiering for divisions of 15 teams or larger
Divisions with 15 or more teams will be playing in a tiered schedule format for the upcoming 2019-20 GTHL season. A single round robin will take place as phase one of the regular season. The results of phase one will determine the tiering for the remainder of the season. The top eight teams will play in Tier 1, while the remainder of the teams will play in Tier 2. A “first to 3 points” cross-over “play-in” series between lower seeded Tier 1 teams and higher seeded Tier II will determine the playoff participants, which will be a field of 8 teams. If two teams are tied at 2 points each after the second play-in game series-deciding “mini-game” will be played immediately following game 2 to decide the play-in series winner.
The following 10 divisions have 15 or more teams and will be tiered for the 2019-2020 season:
The following is the “play-in” series structure for all tiered divisions:
5th Tier 1 vs. 4th Tier 2
6th Tier 1 vs. 3rd Tier 2
7th Tier 1 vs. 2nd Tier 2
8th Tier 1 vs. 1st Tier 2
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.
Altered Flood Programs for 2019/20 season:
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 30th to October 9th for Rosh Hashanah 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.
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.
Club Home Days 2019-2020 Season
Home Days for clubs for the 2019-2020 season are available. This chart will be updated periodically as home dates are submitted by each club. Home Days 2019-20
Looking For Ice?
Check out Canlan Ice Sports-York for practice ice throughout the season.
Check out Chesswood Arenas or Westwood Arenas for ice time throughout the season.
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.
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 email@example.com or 905-951-7946. If your team is traveling outside the GTHL boundaries, you must submit the Exhibition Game Application Form
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.
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.
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.