The Transition Game

Welcome to The Transition Game – the beginning of a sustained effort by the GTHL to kickstart a positive shift in the culture of minor hockey in the Toronto area. The conversation began with the Transition Game Summit held on November 16 and 17, 2019 and has continued in a strategic and way ever since. On this page, you will find information about the Transition Game Summit and the ongoing work being done by the League to implement positive change.

Video Summary

Day 2 Vlog

Pillars and Planning

Hockey faces many barriers. Registration is down in the last decade, first generation Canadians have little interest in the game and the competition from other sports, such as basketball, soccer, and tennis is intense.

The Transition Game Summit in November of 2019 kicked off an all-encompassing initiative to re-imagine minor hockey in the Greater Toronto League. The League and its stakeholders have been working alongside strategic consultants to explore unique strategies and tactics for igniting change.

A wide variety of people who attended the Transition Game have been hunkered down in varied and complex discussions.  The participants have a diverse set of skills and experiences and include people from the local world of hockey, business, other sports organizations, corporate partners and members of the GTHL Board.  The four pillars that were initiated during Day Two of the Transition Game, which are illustrated in the accompanying graphic, are The Game, The Community, Stewardship, and The Organizations.  All big topics that have stimulated some interesting ideas.

The goal is to create a united approach to minor hockey within the GTHL.  There is still work to be done and your contribution will still be required if we are to successfully move forward into a welcoming, creative GTHL that emphasizes excellence in everything we do.


Blue and Black Step by Step Process Chart Presentation

Summit Video


Speakers include Scott Oakman (Executive Director, GTHL), John Doig (Executive Vice President, Retail Distribution, Scotiabank), Don West (President, GTHL), Kyle Dubas (General Manager, Toronto Maple Leafs), and Dr. Stephen Norris (performance consultant and sport scientist).


Tom Farrey (Executive Director of the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program)


Dr. Marco Di Buono (Associate Vice President of Programs & Operations at Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities), Kim Davis (Executive Vice President of Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs at the National Hockey League)


 Marlowe Stoudamire (Consultant, NHL)

PANEL 1 – Sport Culture 
Panel featuring Paul Carson (VP Hockey Development, Hockey Canada), Wayne McNeil (Co-Founder of the Respect Group), Dr. Laura Misener (Director, School of Kinesiology, Western University), and Scott McCain (CEO of St. John Sea Dogs, QMJHL)

 PANEL 2- Diversity and Inclusiveness 
Anastasia Bucsis (former Canadian Olympic speed skater, host of CBC Sports “Player’s Own Voice”), Steve Whitaker (Founder, Sport Wellness and Achievement Network, TDSB), Moezine Hasham (Founder, Hockey 4 Youth), Lali Toor (Founder, Apna Hockey, South Asian based hockey network).


Contact Information

Event Information
Andy Shapiera
Coordinator, Sponsorship and Marketing
416.636.6845 x.235

Media Inquiries
Adrienne Middlebrook
Coordinator, Marketing and Communications
416.636.6845 x.234



Thank you to all of our sponsors for their contirbutions to the GTHL Summit.


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