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Player Development Opportunities

The Greater Toronto Hockey League is committed to providing all players with effective development opportunities within both the Hockey Canada pathway realm and the GTHL’s philosophies. The development opportunities offered on a season-by-season basis include, but are not limited to: GTHL Development Days, Pathway Skates, and Body Checking Sessions.

Contact information
Stephanie Hyde
Coordinator, Hockey Development and Outreach
shyde@gthlcanada.com
416-636-6845 Ext. 229


 

GTHL Development Days

GTHL Development Days, designed to provide an extra training opportunity for GTHL players, bring players of all levels out to partake in on and off ice activities to develop their skills.

PD Skills Development Days Registration Link
Friday, November 18, 2022 (U9 to U13)  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Friday, February 17, 2023 (U9 to U13)  Coming Soon

GTHL PD Skills Development Full-Day Camp

GTHL PD Skill Development Full-Day Camps work to enhance fundamental skills while having fun. The one day camp is open to players from U9 to U13.

Players will take part in two on-ice and two off-ice sessions that focus on passing, shooting, skating, puck control and most importantly FUN! Off-ice sessions may include learning about what it takes to play for Team Canada, dryland training, or an additional sport offering such as basketball, baseball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, or Spikeball.

Players will receive their own jersey to keep as well as a snack throughout the day.


GTHL PD Skills Development Half-Day Camp

GTHL PD Skill Development Half-Day Camps work to develop and enhance players skills. The one day camp is open to players from U14 to U18.

Players will take part in one on-ice, one off-ice and one classroom session that focus on training in small areas, with traffic, under pressure, with speed and accuracy. The off-ice session may include dryland training, or an additional sport offering such as basketball, baseball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, or Spikeball. The classroom session may focus on mental skills training, University/College pathways or what it takes to be an elite level athlete.

Players will receive their own jersey to keep as well as a snack throughout the day.


2018-2019 GTHL Development Day

The first ever GTHL Development Day brought players of all levels out to Scotiabank Pond to partake in on and off ice activities with Hockey Canada and Power Edge Pro.


 

Pathway Development Skill Sessions

As part of the Under-10/U11 and U12/U13 Pathway, the GTHL will be holding a number of skill development sessions for players wishing to participate in upcoming tryouts.

A player’s first experience in the new hockey season should not be a formal tryout. The skill sessions are intended to give players the opportunity to get back on the ice and practice skills in a fun and friendly environment before being evaluated. These sessions are open to any players and goaltenders wishing to participate in tryouts.

Sessions will be held in Toronto, Mississauga, and Markham. Players must pre-register to attend a skill session, and are able to pre-register for a maximum of three sessions. The fee for each session is $15. Sessions are non-refundable.

Please note there are goaltender specific training sessions below. Please click on the link below to register for a session for the appropriate age and level.

U10/U11 Registration link
AAA – September 6-9 AAA U10/U11 Pathway Skates
AA – September 10-16 AA U10/U11 Pathway Skates
A – September 17-23 A U10/U11 Pathway Skates

 

U12/U13 Registration link
AAA – September 6-9 AAA U12/U13 Pathway Skates
AA – September 10-16 AA U12/U13 Pathway Skates
 A – September 17-23 A U12/U13 Pathway Skates

 

Goaltender specific training will be offered at the below training sessions. Goalies are able to register for the above sessions, but there will not be guaranteed goaltender specific training.

Goaltending
Age group  Registration link
U10/U11 U10/U11 Goaltending
U12/U13 U12/U13 Goaltending

 

Body Checking Clinics for Players

Checking is an essential skill in hockey for players playing both non-contact and contact hockey. Teaching the fundamentals of checking can not only help a player be better prepared to experience contact, but can also teach them how to check without body-checking. Properly developed checking skills can create opportunities in the areas of defense, puck possession, and scoring.

The GTHL is offering U14 players the chance to attend a Body Checking session in September 2022.

CLICK HERE to register.