Week 15 Posted
The last weekly schedule release before the winter break has gone live. The time period of December 19th to 23rd has been posted with 259 games being played up to Friday December 23rd. It’s another week to push some of the age groups that have stricter time lines for regular season completion. The break will commence on December 24th and end on January 1st.
Week 14 Posted
December 12th to 18th has gone live. It’s a busy week of 508 games being posted with a continued emphasis on keeping some of the age groups with 5 rounds of play-offs on pace for an earlier end to their season.
Week 13 Posted
As we head in to the week of December 5th to 11th, we start to put a bigger focus on schedule timelines. For the most part the schedule is still built with home ice preferences in place but a schedule timeline helps keep an entire group on pace for their play-offs. A great example would be the divisions that have five rounds of play-offs. They need to play their schedule in a shorter amount of time than other groups. Other examples would be teams that use three schedule exemptions very early in the year or teams that use long exemptions. Their schedule gets compacted by the fact they removed themselves for longer durations. Week 13 has 455 games being played and the Streetsville Tigers have a club day on December 7th.
12th Week is released
Week 12 adds 448 games to the GTHL Rep schedule and there are 160 club exemptions being used. The Vaughan Rangers are hosting the regional Silver Stick qualifiers for the “A” category, M. Atom – Midget, and the Mississauga Jets are hosting the Paul Coffey Invitational from December 2nd to 4th. With 160 exemptions being used it creates many open ice slots on the weekend that get filled with other teams.
11th Week is released
It’s a big week with 516 games being added to the schedule and 86 exemptions being used. Those 86 exemptions are almost exclusively looking at 4 day exemptions as its the busy American Thanksgiving weekend. Have you started to notice the GTHL vs. OMHA interlock games in the Under 21 “AAA”? It’s the first year and the 5 GTHL teams are playing 5 OMHA teams in a home and home interlock schedule.
10th Week is released
Week 10 covers November 14th to 20th and is a unique week. Usually the younger age groups take on most of the travel exemptions every week as we have more teams playing at Minor Atom to Minor Bantam but this week it’s the older age groups that have the majority of the 109 exemptions. The first of two “AAA” showcases is taking place. This is when the Minor Midget “AAA” and Midget “AAA” games are intertwined on the weekend ice to showcase and promote players to the opportunities to continue playing hockey from junior to university hockey after their GTHL careers have come to an end. Three clubs are celebrating their club days as the Toronto Red Wings, Goulding Park Rangers and North York Rangers in this time period. 443 games have been added to the GTHL League schedule.
Midget “AA” Team Folding
The Goulding Park Rangers have folded as of October 17th. All completed and future games will be treated as 1-0 loss for Goulding Park Rangers for the purposes of standings.
Week 9 Released
The time period of November 7th to 13th has 513 games. It’s one of the bigger game weeks for the season and only 47 teams are on exemptions. The Ice Warriors, Mississauga North Stars and Toronto Eagles all have a club day during this week.
Week 8 Released
Halloween week from October 31st to November 6th has been released. The only age groups playing on October 31st are those that are Bantam and older. This week has 403 games scheduled and the weekend sees most of our multi-pads not in use as they are being used for tournament play. 174 exemptions are used from November 3rd to 6th. The Mississauga Reps and Mississauga Jets are hosting club days this week.
Week 7 Released
The week in and around Halloween is always one with a very small amount of travel for our teams plus there are no GTHL hosted tournaments in the GTA so most of our weekend ice is in use with 497 games being played for the entire week. On Friday October 28th we have four teams hosting club days, the Majors, Islanders, Braves and Rebels. Some of the younger teams were pushed into weekend ice as on Monday October 31st we will only be using older age groups in our schedule.
Week 6 Released
The time period of October 17th to 23rd sets a season high for the number of exemptions and number of games scheduled. There are 503 games scheduled and on the weekend there are 148 teams playing in tournaments. Traditionally its a busy travel weekend because the following weekend is Halloween which is usually very small for tournament travel.
Midget “AA” Jr. West Team Folding
The Ice Warriors have folded and the group will see a revamped 36 game schedule released.
Week 5 Released
This is an interesting week to schedule as some of the exemptions from the previous week block teams off at the start of the week and then you have some heavy tournament travel on the weekend of October 14th to 16th. Overall there are 131 exemptions being used as Forest Hill is hosting a club day on October 11th. Many of our multi-pads are not in use on the weekend due to tournament usage making it a small week of 370 games.
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
Game 2 (bantam to midget) – 1st period
2nd period, 3rd period
The following are rinks that will use the above format regularly:
Herbert Carnegie Centre, VSV-B
Scotiabank Pond #2
St.Michael’s(last two games)
Vaughan Sports Village-D(last two games)
Thornhill(last two games on some game days)
On some occasions other rinks will use this on an as needed basis.
“A” Schedule Format
Minor Atom “A” to Midget “A” Jr. East and West are playing a 36 game schedule. There are two types of schedules that are used. One type is UNBALANCED and the second type is BALANCED. Most of these loops are UNBALANCED, meaning teams won’t play each other an equal amount of games. There ‘extra’ games are determined using a random process. Two examples of a BALANCED groups would be a 13 team conference, so each team would play 12 opponents 3 times, or 7 teams, so each team would play 6 opponents 6 times.
Week 4 Released
Thanksgiving week has been released. This time period actually includes the Monday of the next week so it ranges from Monday October 3rd to Monday October 10th. If you have a game on Sunday October 9th then you don’t have a game on Monday October 10th. The teams that play on Monday October 10th did not have a game scheduled on Sunday October 9th. 445 league games were added and 59 exemptions were used. The Mississauga Braves have a club function on Friday October 7th.
Week 3 Released
The time period of September 26th to October 2nd has been released. In this time period the Duffield Devils have their club function day on September 30th. There are 371 games scheduled including the start of the Midget “A”, “AA” and “AAA” program.
Midget “A” and “AA” Format
The GTHL schedule for Midget “A” will be a 30 game season. There is one city-wide league for the 6 Midget “A” teams. In the Midget “AA” they will be playing a 36 game schedule in one city-wide league.
“AA” Schedule Format
Minor Atom “AA” to Midget “AA” Jr. East and West are playing a 36 game schedule. There are two types of schedules that are used. One type is UNBALANCED and the second type is BALANCED. Most of these loops are UNBALANCED, meaning teams won’t play each other an equal amount of games. There ‘extra’ games are determined using a random process.
Week 1 and Week 2 Released
The GTHL schedule from September 12th to 25th has been posted. The “AAA” loop gets going in the first week and then “AA” and “A” starts in week 2. There are 462 games posted for this time period. Highlights for Week 2 include the great tradition of the GTHL’s Puck Drop Weekend taking place at Canlan York. It’s a great way to bring the GTHL family together as all 6 pads will be jumping with GTHL Hockey. The Streetsville Tigers open their season with a Heritage Day at Vic Johnston Arena on September 25th and the West Toronto Renegades have a club function on September 23rd. The start of the season is approaching!
17 Team Conferences
In any GTHL conference(East, West) when there are 17 or more teams, the play-off structure is actually 5 rounds of play-offs. The top 12 teams would qualify for the play-offs and the preliminary round is a 4 point series with the 1st to 4th place teams getting a bye. These conferences will play an accelerated schedule to compensate for the extra round of play-offs.
Minor Atom “AAA” to Midget “AAA” are playing a 33 game schedule. The schedule for this group is called BALANCED, as each teams plays each other an equal amount.
The Midget “A”, “AA” and “AAA” groups begin play on October 1st. In the groups of Midget “A” and “AA” they will be taking an exam break from January 24th to February 3rd and taking a break in the spring from March 10th to 19th.
First Schedule Release
The first schedule release will take place on August 26th. It will be for the time period of September 12th to September 25th. Each week another week of schedule is released in conjunction with a weekly tournament deadline.
Season Start Dates for 2016-17
AAA begins on September 12th
AA and A begins on September 19th
This season the winter break will be from Dec. 24th to Jan. 1st
Club Home Days 2016-2017 Season
Home Days for clubs for the 2016-2017 season are available Home DaysThis chart will be updated periodically as home dates are submitted and approved. (UPDATED: August 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.
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.