Games Centre

Weekly Releases

Week 12(January 9th to 15th) – January Back to School – Posted December 2nd
Hockey Day in Vaughan on January 14th highlights the second week of January as the kids get back to school. The league schedule has 427 games added with 60 teams using an exemption for tournament travel.

Week 11(January 2nd to 8th) – January Start-Up – Posted November 24th
Games Resume on January 2nd and the opening week of 2023 has 446 games coming out of the winter break.  With 80 teams away in the return week it ranks as a busy week for exemption use.

Week 10(December 19th to December 23rd – Winter Break Arrives – Posted November 17th
Heading into the winter break we have a short week with 259 games being played from Monday to Friday. Teams will get a regular season break starting on December 24th and league games will resume on January 2nd.

Week 9(December 12th to December 18th) – Mid-December Chills – Posted November 10th
The Winter break looms as we have 454 games posted to our competitive schedule. 35 teams are travelling to tournaments throughout the week. The U16/U18 AAA groups will be participating in a showcase at Westwood and Chesswood throughout the weekend.

Week 8(December 5th to December 11th) – Skating into December – Posted November 3rd
The second week of December gets 411 games posted to our competitive schedule. Over 80 teams are travelling to tournaments as we look to holiday time and the schedule break. The GTHL schedule will go up to an include games on December 23rd with a resumption on January 2nd.

Week 7 (November 28th to December 4th) – Skating into December – Posted October 27th
The schedule pokes into the first week of December with a release of 428 games. It’s also sees over 150 teams out of our schedule as they compete at tournaments. Our Vaughan rinks are offline as they are being used to host the Vaughan Rangers Silver Stick while the Mississauga Rattlers are hosting their event as well with minimal effect on our game ice.

Week 6 (November 21st to November 27th) – American Thanksgiving Weekend – Posted October 21st
The traditional American Thanksgiving weekend has 99 teams out of the schedule due to travel. Scotiabank Pond is in use for a GTHL tournament so no home games for those clubs and the week sees 410 games being scheduled.  This is also the beginning of the some of the Under 11 A interlock games between the West and MHL , along with the Under 17 AA interlock between the East and West conferences.

Week 5 (November 14th to November 20th) – Home Alone – Posted October 17th
Well we have 115 teams at tournaments so the teams that stay in GTHLTOWN are busy filling in our game ice.  Many of the November exemptions are for on average 4.5 days which means teams are booking most of the week off. Canlan Etobicoke is hosting a tournament this week so its a 406 game week.

Week 4 (November 7th to November 13th) – Busy Tournament Season – Posted October 11th
427 games marks our largest week of the season as we head into mid-November. The Thunder Bay Kings come into town for their 4-game weekends so the AAA season is now completely underway. November is always busy with GTHL hosted tournaments on games ice and teams on tournament travel.

Week 3 (October 31st to November 6th) – Home Rinks Start Coming Online – Posted October 4th
Another 355 games have been added to the regular season schedule in week 3. This is a weekend where tournaments at Westwood, Scotiabank Pond and Canlan York effect home game slots on the weekend.   Changes have been made to many of the Under 10 schedules as teams have folded so your Under 10 schedule should be reviewed from the start of the season.  Halloween night we are playing only teams at Under 16 as Under 15 and below get to Stick and Treat.

Week 2 (October 24th to 30th) – Home Rinks Start Coming Online – Posted September 27th
From October 24th  to October 30th there are 424 league games being played. Schedule Formats in each group are closely being monitored as we get closer to the start of the season. Team foldings are effecting a few schedules and once we have that finalized group it will be easier to announce the regular season format for your group.  We are also still adding exhibition games into open slots so a little work is being done in the present with the pre-season while we also push out the schedule into the future. Friendly reminder that on October 31st , the little hockey players in our competitive program won’t have games.

Week 1 (October 17th to 23rd) – A and AA join the party – Posted September 20th
After three weekends of pre-season tournaments from September 30th to October 16th, it’s time to get the GTHL competitive season fully started. The A and AA loops start play on October 17th. They are 491 competitive teams ready to get the 2022-2023 season fully started. From October 17th  to October 23rd there are 404 league games being played.

Week AAA 1 (October 13th to 16th) – AAA Schedule Release – Posted September 20th
The GTHL regular season for the AAA loop begins on October 13th. The AAA loop gets an earlier start as the Hockey Canada Championships and OHL Cup have earlier dates for their championships to be held so most of these groups start earlier and then end earlier.  Check the GTHL Games Centre for all of the AAA teams that begin play in the 2022-2023 season with 77 games on an opening AAA weekend.

Pre-Season Schedule Releases

  • Week 1 – September 6th to 11th – Posted August 26th
  • Week 2 – September 12th to 18th – Posted September 5th
  • Week 3- September 19th to 25th – Posted September 12th
  • Week 4 – September 26th to October 2nd – Posted September 12th
  • Week 5 – October 3rd to October 9th – Posted September 14th
  • Week 6 – October 10th to 16th – Posted September 14th

League News

Season Start Dates for 2022-23
The AAA program begins on October 13th.  AA and A programs begin on October 17th.

Under 17 & 18 “A” and “AA” Seasonal Breaks
Please note the Under 17 and Under 18 “A” and “AA” programs are scheduled to have no games during the following periods:
January 23rd to January 31st
March 10th to March 20th
These breaks are part of our programming to encourage participation in these age groups.

Winter Break
This season the winter break will be from Dec. 24th to Jan. 1st

Tiering for divisions of 15 teams or larger
The GTHL will review the Tiering program for the 2022-2023 season.

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.

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,
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 two time periods in the season are most important and submit exemptions.

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 2022/23 season: TBD


Schedule Formats

The format for each group gets set once we have a finalized slate of teams in place. Early in the season the GTHL monitors the size of each group to determine the formats.

Age Category Regular Season Games Type
Under 10 AAA 33 Balanced
Under 11 AAA 33 Balanced
Under 12 AAA 33 Balanced
Under 13 AAA 36 Balanced
Under 14 AAA 33 Balanced
Under 15 AAA 36 Balanced
Under 16 AAA 36 Balanced
Under 18 AAA 36 Balanced
Age Category Regular Season Games Type
Under 10 AA – East 32 Conference
Under 10 AA – West 32 Conference
Under 11 AA – East 32 Conference
Under 11 AA – West 32 Conference
Under 12 AA – East 32 Conference
Under 12 AA – West 32 Conference
Under 13 AA – East 32 Conference
Under 13 AA – West 32 Conference
Under 14 AA – East 32 Conference
Under 14 AA – West 32 Conference
Under 15 AA – East 32 Conference
Under 15 AA – West 32 Conference
Under 16 AA – East 32 Conference
Under 16 AA – West 32 Conference
Under 17 AA – East 32 Interlock
Under 17 AA – West 32 Interlock
Under 18 AA 32 One Group
Under 18 32 One Group
Age Category Regular Season Games Type
Under 10 A – East 32 Conference
Under 10 A – West 32 MHL Integrated
Under 11 A – East 32 Conference
Under 11 A – West 32 Interlock with MHL
Under 12 A – East 32 Conference
Under 12 A – West 32 Conference
Under 13 A – East 32 Conference
Under 13 A – West 32 Conference
Under 14 A – East 32 Conference
Under 14 A – West 32 Conference
Under 15 A – East 32 Conference
Under 15 A – West 32 Conference
Under 16 A – East 32 Conference
Under 16 A – West 32 Conference
Under 17 A – East 32 Conference
Under 17 A – West 32 Conference
Under 18 A – East 32 Conference
Under 18 A – West 32 Conference

Playoff Formats

Play-Off Formats will be posted once they been finalized.  The GTHL Board and a Member Advisory Council will review timelines to determine play-off formats.
Teams in Under 10 to Under 13 will follow a first round using a round robin format as per the Hockey Canada Pathways.



Club Home Days 2022-2023 Season
Home Days for clubs for the 2022-2023 season are available. This chart will be updated periodically as home dates are submitted by each club. Click here for Home Days 2022-23.

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.

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 which is electronically uploaded each day. If you spot an error in the final score, then please contact your club executive to touch base with our office. Corrections will not be made to individual player statistics.

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 or 905-951-7946. If your team is traveling outside the GTHL boundaries, you must submit the Exhibition Game Application Form.

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 “Connet2Rec 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.

Arena Notes

Ford  Performance 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
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.

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.