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October 18
Week 12 Release
The time period of November 26th to December 2nd has been released.  Week 12 sees 444 games added to the league schedule.  A very large contingent of 141 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 November 30 – December 2 along with the Vaughan Rangers hosting the regional Silver Stick qualifier on the same weekend.  The Streetsville Tigers host their annual “Tigers Celebration Day” on Sunday December 2nd for their M.Atom, M.Peewee, M.Bantam and M.Midget teams.

October 11
Week 11 Release
The time period of November 19th to November 25th has been released.    Week 11 is the largest of the 2018/19 season to date with 510 games being added to the schedule.      The GTHL hosts the Playstation Platinum Cup for teams in the Atom AAA/AA/A age groups from November 23rd – 25th.     The American Thanksgiving weekend sees 77 teams using exemptions for tournament travel.   All of the “tiered” divisions that had not yet completed phase 1 of the regular season will complete their phase 1 single round robin no later than November 25th.

October 3
Week 10 Release
The time period of November 12th to November 18th has been released.    A smaller than average week sees 385 games added to the league schedule.   Several of our multi-pad facilities are unavailable for use on the November 16-18 weekend.    A large number of travelling teams sees 119 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 16-18.     Some of the “tiered” divisions will see phase 1 come to an end with placeholders in the schedule for games in phase 2 of the regular season.

October 3
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 14th.
Atom play-offs will be completed by April 4th which gives the GTHL champion a week off before OHFs.
Peewee play-offs will be completed by March 31st which gives the GTHL champion a week off before the Hockey Canada championship.
Bantam play-offs will be completed by March 24th and Midget by March 23rd which gives the GTHL champion a week off before the Hockey Canada championships.
Minor Midget play-offs will be completed by April 14th.  Playoffs will break for the Canada Winter Games from February 10th-26th, and again for the OHL Cup from March 10th-19th.
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.

 

Schedule Formats “AA” East

Minor Atom 36 Games Balanced Playoffs Completed by April 14
Atom 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 4th for OHFs
Minor Peewee 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 14th
Peewee 36 Games Balanced Play-offs completed by April 4th for OHFs
Minor Bantam 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 14th
Bantam 36 Games Balanced Play-offs completed by April 4th for OHFs
Minor Midget 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 14th
Midget Jr. 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 14th

 

Schedule Formats “AA” West

Minor Atom 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 14th
Atom 36 Games Tiering, First Stage is Balanced, Second Stage Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 4th for OHFs
Minor Peewee 36 or 37 Games Tiering, First Stage is Balanced, Second Stage Tier 1 balanced 37 games, Tier 2 unbalanced 36 games Play-offs completed by April 14th
Peewee 36 or 37 Games Tiering, First Stage is Balanced, Second Stage Tier 1 balanced 37 games, Tier 2 unbalanced 36 games Play-offs completed by April 4th for OHFs
Minor Bantam 36 or 37 Games Tiering, First Stage is Balanced, Second Stage Tier 1 balanced 37 games, Tier 2 unbalanced 36 games Play-offs completed by April 14th
Bantam 36 Games Tiering, First Stage is Balanced, Second Stage Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 4th for OHFs
Minor Midget 36 Games Balanced Play-offs completed by April 14th
Midget Jr. 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 14th

 

 

Schedule Formats “A” East

Minor Atom 36 Games Tiering, First Stage is balanced, second stage is balanced Play-offs completed by April 9th, “A” Championships completed by April 14th
Atom 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by March 30th, “A” Championships completed by April 4th for OHFs
Minor Peewee 36 Games Tiering, First Stage is balanced, second stage is balanced Play-offs completed by April 9th, “A” Championships completed by April 14th
Peewee 36 Games Tiering, First Stage is Balanced, Second Stage Unbalanced Play-offs completed by March 30th, “A” Championships completed by April 4th for OHFs
Minor Bantam 36 or 37 Games Tiering, First Stage is Balanced, Second Stage Tier 1 balanced 37 games, Tier 2 unbalanced 36 games Play-offs completed by April 9th, “A” Championships completed by April 14th
Bantam 36 Games Tiering, First Stage is balanced, second stage is balanced Play-offs completed by April 9th, “A” Championships completed by April 14th
Minor Midget 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 9th, “A” Championships completed by April 14th
Midget Jr. 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 9th, “A” Championships completed by April 14th

 

Schedule Formats “A” West

Minor Atom 36 Games Balanced Play-offs completed by April 9th, “A” Championships completed by April 14th
Atom 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by March 31st, “A” Championships completed by April 4th for OHFs
Minor Peewee 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 9th, “A” Championships completed by April 14th
Peewee 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by March 31st, “A” Championships completed by April 4th for OHFs
Minor Bantam 36 Games Balanced Play-offs completed by April 9th, “A” Championships completed by April 14th
Bantam 36 Games Unbalanced Play-offs completed by April 9th, “A” Championships completed by April 14th
Minor Midget 36 Games Balanced Play-offs completed by April 9th, “A” Championships completed by April 14th
Midget Jr. 36 Games Balanced Play-offs completed by April 9th, “A” Championships completed by April 14th

 

 

Schedule Formats “AA” Midget
The teams will play in one group with a 30 game schedule that is balanced. Play-offs completed by April 4th for OHFs

 

Schedule Formats “A” Midget
The teams will play in one group with a 30 game schedule that is balanced. Play-offs completed by April 4th for OHFs

September 27
Week 9 Release
The time period of November 5th to November 11th has been released.    Week 9 is the largest to date for the 2018/19 season with 495 games added to the schedule.   There are 59 teams using exemptions during this time period.      The Mississauga Blackhawks host their annual tournament from November 9-11 at a number of Mississauga arenas.      The Toronto Eagles celebrate their club night on Friday November 9th.

September 20
Week 8 Release
The time period of October 29th to November 4th has been released.    Week 8 is smaller than recent weeks with 410 games being added to the schedule, several of a multi-pad facilities are unavailable for league games on the November 2-4 weekend.   A very large travelling contingent of 165 teams are using exemptions from November 2-4.     There are no games scheduled for the Minor Atom – Minor Bantam age groups on Wednesday October 31st to allow our younger players to enjoy “trick or treating”.    The Mississauga Reps are hosting the Shanahan International tournament from November 2-4.    The Mississauga Blackhawks celebrate their club day on Friday November 2nd, while the Hillcrest Canadiens, Mississauga Jets and Mississauga Reps all celebrate their club days on Saturday November 3rd.

September 13
Week 7 Release
The time period of October 22nd to October 28th has been released.    The largest week to date for the season adds 489 games to the schedule.   With 72 teams using travel exemptions during this period, this number is considerably larger than the equivalent week last season.  The Don Mills Flyers celebrate their club night on Thursday October 25th, while the Markham Majors, Markham Islanders, Mississauga Rebels and Mississauga Terriers all celebrate their club nights on Friday October 26th.

September 6
Week 6 Release
The time period of October 15th to October 21st has been released.    A busy week 6 adds 474 games to the schedule.      The October 19-21 weekend is one of the busier travel weekends of the season with 117 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 19-21 and the 1st Annual Tom Wilson Peewee Classic takes place at Scotiabank Pond from October 19-21 with games in the Minor Peewee and Peewee “AAA” divisions.

August 29
Week 5 Release
The time period of October 9th to October 14th has been released.    This is a 6 day release, Thanksgiving Monday October 8th was released with the previous week.     Week 5 adds another 346 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 48 teams using exemptions during this time period.      The Mississauga Beast are celebrating their club day on Saturday October 13th, while the Humberview Huskies host their “AA” invitational tournament from October 12-14.

August 23
Week 4 Release
The time period of October 1st to October 8th has been released.    This 8 day release includes Thanksgiving Monday October 8th.     Week 4 adds another 481 games to the schedule, plus 20 more games on Thanksgiving Monday.    There are 31 teams using exemptions during this time period.      Regular season games begin in the Midget A, AA & AAA divisions.

August 16
Week 3 Release
The time period of September 24th to 30th has been released.    Week 3 adds another 403 games to the schedule, there are 30 teams using exemptions during this week.     The Duffield Devils are hosting their club day on Friday September 28th.    The Toronto Jr. Canadiens are hosting the Tyler Cragg Memorial tournament from September 27th – 30th.

August 10
Week 1 and 2 Release
A change to the GTHL scheduling process sees a 6 week lead time in our schedule releases instead of 4 weeks in previous seasons.  The time periods of September 10th to 16th and September 17th to 23rd have been released. The “AAA” loop starts play in the first week and then “AA” and “A” get started on the 17th.  Week 1 is made up of 60 games as the “AAA” regular season kicks off with the GTHL’s “Opening Week” at Scotiabank Pond.   Week 2 is a busy week with 442 games being played and our Puck Drop weekend runs at York University on September 22nd and 23rd.   More details to come out soon on our web-site.   We’ve posted two weeks worth of schedule in a 31-week season.    The Avalanche and Forest Hill are both using their club nights on September 18th.

Season Start Dates for 2018-19
AAA begins on September 10th
AA and A begins on September 17th

Winter Break
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 2018-19 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 2018-2019 season:

East West
Minor Atom “A” Atom “AA”
Minor Peewee “A” Minor Peewee “AA”
Peewee “A” Peewee “AA”
Minor Bantam “A” Minor Bantam “AA”
Bantam “A” Bantam “AA”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 2018/19 season:

Mondays:

Herb Carnegie
Thornhill West
Vaughan Sports Village B

Sundays:

Thornhill West (final 2 games of program)

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.

 

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

Schedule Notes

Club Home Days 2018-2019 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 2018-19

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.