The schedule time period of October 13th to 19th has been released. This time period will see 104 teams use their exemptions while 4 clubs are using their club day exemption. Locally we also see our ice effected as two tournaments are being hosted within the GTHL arenas. Some schedule changes have taken place over the past week due to folding teams in Midget "AA", Atom "A" West and Midget "AA" Jr. East. Take a look at your entire schedule to make sure you know your schedule.
September 17th, 2014
"A" and "AA" Models
All competitions shall play a 36 game schedule. At the end of the season , the tie-breakers that are used will depend on if your group was BALANCED or UNBALANCED. Balanced would mean that you played all the teams in your conference an equal amount of times.
September 17th, 2014
Midget "AA" Model
With the folding of the Leaside Kings this week, we have changed the format for this loop. It will be one combined league with a Balanced Schedule. All 13 teams will compete in a GTHL-wide competition.
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
Game 2 (bantam to midget) - 1st period
2nd period, 3rd period
The following are rinks that will use the above format regularly:
Etobicoke Centennial, Herbert Carnegie Centre, VSV-B, VSV-D
Lambton, Ted Reeve
Etobicoke Ice Sports #3
St.Mike's(last two games), Ted Reeve
September 11th, 2014
Week 5 Released
The schedule time period of October 6th to 12th has been posted. With this time period covering the Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend , there were 60 teams using thier exemptions. What this means is that the teams that remain in the GTHL end up seeing a pretty heavy weekend as well of regular season games. Also during the production of this time period we had to re-work the Atom "A" West loop as a team folded.
Week 4 Released
The time period of September 29th to October 5th has been released. There are 32 scheduling exemptions being used plus another 20 teams that used an exemption to block out a large part of the week for religious practices. Don't forget folks an exemption isn't just for tournaments its for whatever a team feels is important enough to not play games. There are also two Club exmeptions this week as well.
What time is it ?
With the entire Midget 'A', 'AA' and 'AAA' programs starting on October 1st it meant that the remaining teams may have had some later weeknight starts in the first three weeks of the season. With these teams now joining the schedule in week 4 you should see less of the later starts for most teams.
September 5th, 2014
Midget 'A' and 'AA' Models
The Midget 'A' group will play in one league. With a geographic inbalance the Interlock would not have created enough of a mix of competition. The Midget 'AA' group will play in two conferences with an Interlock schedule. Teams will compete for play-off positions within their conference.
September 5th, 2014
AAA Schedule Formats
Minor Atom to Midget will play a Balanced 33-game schedule.
Under 21 will play a Balanced 35-game schedule.
September 4th, 2014
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.
Weeks 1,2,3 have been released - " Let's get it started ! "
August 29th , 2014
The GTHL's first three weeks have been posted. The "AAA" schedule starts on September 8th while the "AA" and "A" schedule starts on September 15th. After a busy pre-season our GTHL teams jump right into action with a full schedule. Puck Drop weekend is taking place at Canlan York on September 20th and 21st so not only bring your 'A' game to play but bring some friends and family to take part in the fun and festivities. We are talking giveaways and former NHLers looking to meet our GTHLers. On September 14th the Markham Majors host an opening day at Thornhill Arena while on September 28th the Streetsville Tigers host their entire club with a game day starting at 10:00am at Vic Johnston Arena.
A few folks have asked about posting the first three weeks in late August as opposed to earlier in August as each tournament submission deadline passes. The reason for this is that in August we are still dealing with a schedule in flux as a few teams fold late while others get re-classified. Another big challenge can be that some rinks fall behind on a renovation schedule and games get shifted. With so many issues affecting the schedule we like to work on it behind the scenes so that we don't release a schedule that has to be retracted and reposted multiple times, that would just get confusing. Our late August release which we have used for the last 15 years allows us to make sure that our schedule is pretty solid and that changes that are needed should already be in there.
Have a great season folks and remember to check in on the News Page of the Games Centre for news related to the GTHL schedule.
Midget "A" Jr. and Midget "AA" Jr. Schedule Model
Both the Midget "A" Jr. and Midget "AA" Jr. schedules for this year will use the traditional two conference format. Teams will only play against teams in thier own conferences.
First Schedule Release Jun 9 2014 The first schedule will be released on August 30th and will show the first three weeks of the GTHL season. That means the first three weeks for 'AAA' teams and the first two weeks for 'AA' & 'A' teams. Keep your eyes on this page to find out when the following weeks will be posted online. The AAA' season will commence on September 8th while the 'AA' and 'A' season will start on Septemebr 15th.
GTHL Puck Drop Weekend Jun 9 2014 The Greater Toronto Hockey League's 4th Annual Puck Drop weekend will be held at York University Ice Sports from September 20th to 21st. This event has teams from many age groups and locations come to York to play league games in a tournament style atmosphere to kick off the season. Hope to see you there!
BladeNet - GTHL App Announcement Sep 5 2013 BladeNet's launch of their Scores & Schedule App release for iOS will be delayed for the start of the 2013-2014 season. The delay is due to a new release that offers a free option and a paid option.
The App, which is available for iPhone and iPad users, will be available approximately October 15th via iTunes. Other smart phone versions will be considered in the future and users will be notified if they become available.
BladeNet donates $0.50 from each App purchase towards the GTHL Legacy Fund, a fund established by the GTHL to assist players and families who need financial support in order to play hockey.
We apologize for inconvenience this way cause and are working on having the functionality available approximately mid-October.
Midget 'A" & 'AA' Timelines For both Midget 'A' and Midget 'AA' the following changes have been made to the scheduling for the 2014-2015 season:
- The Season will begin on October 1st
- There will be a break during the 4 or 5 week days of the exam period
- There will be two tournament-style weekends where each team will play 4 games. The first will be the weekend before the Holiday Break and the second will be held the second weekend in February.
- There will be NO playoff games scheduled over March 13th to 22nd inclusive.
Midget and Midget Jr Divisions Please be advised, the following age categories will have specified divisional formats for the 2014-2015 season:
Midget Jr. 'A' - TBD
Midget Jr. 'AA - TBD
Midget 'A' - TBD
Midget 'AA' - TBD
Tournament / Exemption Form What is a 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.
Exhibition Games All Season Long....How do I get approval for Exhibition Games?
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 905-951-7946.
What's an Interlock? With the split in the Midget "AA" and "A" age groups to offer a Midget Jr. Division you will now see that two age groups could play an Interlocking type of schedule. These divisions will still compete in a traditional East and West format but will also play some of their games against the other division. The Interlock schedule was chosen as a way to ensure that small divisions would be able to see a wider field of opponents.
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.
Lambton Arena 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.
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.
Looking For Ice? Looking for extra ice?
Check out Canlan Ice Sports-York for practice ice throughout the season.
Looking for extra ice in Mississauga? Check this out!
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.
Incorrect Scores What do you do if a score is incorrect?
From time to time a score will be reported incorrectly on the GTHL Web-Site. This may be due to an error on the game sheet or perhaps the score being recorded incorrectly. When this occurs simply fax the game sheet - to the attention of Kevin Hucaluk - 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 enquiries about the same incorrect score.
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