Toronto Hockey Profile: The Greater Toronto Hockey League

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The Greater Toronto Hockey League, known is the GTHL, was established in 1911 by Frank D. Smith. According to the GTHL website, it is the largest single minor amateur hockey league in the world.

The GTHL’s history

From inception to current times, the league has grown steadily – membership increased in the junior, juvenile and midget divisions by the end of World War I, as these divisions covered players who were too young for the military. Of note, in the 1920s the THL – as the GTHL was then called, for the Toronto Hockey League – had eight to 12 ladies senior and intermediate teams in each year.

The league has produced many notable hockey players such as Charlie and Lionel Conacher, Frank Selke Jr., Bill Durnan, Bill Quackenbush, Red Kelly, Sid Smith, Frank Mahovolich, Carl Brewer, Bob Pulford, Rick Middleton, Steve Shutt and Paul Coffey.

Some of the more recent grads are Sean Burke, Adam Graves, Brendan Shanahan, Kirk McLean and Eric Lindros, Kevin Weekes, Mike Peca, Anson Carter, Nick Boynton, Mike Cammalleri, Brad Boyes, Matt Stajan, Jason Spezza, Rick Nash, Brent Burns, Andrew Cogliano, Sam Gagner – the GTHL has produced at least 65 NHL players for every year in the last decade.

Events   

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The GTHL hosts many events, including the Bauer Challenge Cup, the OHL Cup, Midget All-Star Day, Scotiabank Top Prospects Game, Pro Hockey Life King Clancy Cup, Founders Cup and the OHL – Gold Cup.

The Bauer Challenge Cup, held at Buckingham Arena in the latter part of the year, is a Peewee AAA tournament. If you are looking for Minor Midget AAA action, the OHL Cup is the place to be – this was held in March of 2014, also at the Buckingham Arena. From the Scotiabank Top Prospects Game at Herbert Carnegie Centennial Centre, which showcases 40 Minor Midget aged players, to the Founders Cup tournament, there is something for everyone. The Founders Cup is for teams eliminated in the first round of playoffs in the A, AA and AA form the GTHL, SHA (Saskatchewan Hockey Association) and the MHL (Mississauga Hockey League).

The Organizations

The GTHL includes 30 house leagues; house leagues normally play one game and hold one practice each week; with leagues all across the Toronto area, there is a wide array to choose from.

Within these leagues there are multiple divisions:

Minor Atom

Atom

Minor Peewee

Peewee

Minor Bantam

Bantam

Minor Midget

Midget Jr.

Midget

Under 21

9 Years

10 Years

11 Years

12 Years

13 Years

14 Years

15 Years

16 Years

16-17 Years

18-20 Years

 

The Volunteers

The GTHL has tens of thousands of people working in the organization at all levels, from players and parents to management and volunteers – for every three registered hockey players, there is at least one active volunteer. Since inception, over 600,000 volunteers have participated in the GTHL.

For more information about the GTHL, its leagues and clubs, please see its website at www.gthlcanada.com

Minor Atom

Atom

Minor Peewee

Peewee

Minor Bantam

Bantam

Minor Midget

Midget Jr.

Midget

Under 21

9 Years

10 Years

11 Years

12 Years

13 Years

14 Years

15 Years

16 Years

16-17 Years

18-20 Years

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