Greater Toronto Hockey League Announces Postponement of Sanctioned Activities, News (GT Capitals & Etobicoke Hockey League)

PrintNews Article
Click to view full-size image
Greater Toronto Hockey League Announces Postponement of Sanctioned Activities
Submitted By Tom Sandras on Saturday, October 3, 2020
October 3, 2020 – The Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) announced today that all sanctioned activities within its jurisdiction are postponed until at least January 1, 2021 pending further advice from health authorities.

The decision comes as a result of a rapid rise in the infection rate in the Greater Toronto Area and a statement from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Eileen de Villa, calling on the Provincial Government to prohibit indoor sports activities.

The GTHL issued its Game Plan, a staged plan to return to hockey activity, on September 1.  The plan was developed to align with Hockey Canada’s Safety Guidelines and the Ontario government’s COVID-19 Return to Sport Guidelines. The Game Plan framework was formulated with the expert advice of medical professionals at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto as well as Toronto Public Health. The framework was to allow GTHL players back on the ice in a safe, fun, and secure environment while minimizing the risk of infection. Players and Teams were set to begin on ice activities on October 7.

“The GTHL Board and its members understood that in the current environment, there could be times that we may have to step backwards in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of players, families and the community” said Scott Oakman, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. “Now is clearly the time to do that”.

Sanctioned activities include all on-ice and off-ice activities for all levels of minor hockey, including house league and competitive hockey in Markham, Mississauga, Toronto and Vaughan.

“There are no easy answers during a pandemic,” said GTHL President Don West. “GTHL organizational volunteers and staff have been working hard at creating the safest possible environment but given the current situation, it is time for us to pause for the safety of the players and their families.”

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) as well as resources for returning to the ice can be found on the GTHL’s Return to Hockey page which is being updated frequently. The Game Plan is subject to change as the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve.

The 2019-20 GTHL season was cancelled on March 12, 2020 due the coronavirus pandemic.

About the Greater Toronto Hockey League

Founded in 1911, the GTHL is a non-profit organization and the largest minor hockey league in the world. The GTHL registers more than 40,000 annual participants in Mississauga, Toronto, Markham and Vaughan. The purpose of the GTHL is to govern organized hockey for youth within its jurisdiction, and to foster the development of good character, citizenship and sportsmanship.

For more information, please contact:

Adrienne Middlebrook
Coordinator, Marketing and Communications
Greater Toronto Hockey League
[email protected]

This article has been viewed 524 times.
View AllOur Sponsors
Social Networking
Follow Us On
Follow GT Capitals & Etobicoke Hockey League on Twitter
- and -
Visit GT Capitals & Etobicoke Hockey League on Facebook
- and -
Follow GT Capitals & Etobicoke Hockey League on Instagram
Manage Subscriptions
Signup to receive email or text messages for the teams you want to follow.
News ArchiveOther Recent Articles
  • 15
    Online registration for the 2021-22 hockey season will be available soon. Please continue to check our website for information.  
  • 26
    Coaching applications for the 2021-22 season are now available. If you are interested in coaching one of our House League or Select teams please submit an application. To submit an application, please click here Coaching Application
  • 03
    This hockey season has been challenging from many perspectives and we have tried to offer hockey programming in alignment with the recommendations of our Public Health Unit and our governing bodies whenever possible.  However, despite the recent ...
  • 23
    On behalf of The Etobicoke Hockey League and The Greater Toronto Capitals Executive Board, we would like to wish everyone a Safe and Happy Holiday Season and Best Wishes for 2021.
  • 22
    We are currently awaiting the decision by the GTHL in early January 2021 to determine the status of minor hockey for the 2020/21 season. If in fact hockey will not be able to commence, the Etobicoke Hockey League will begin to process full house ...
  • 07
    Friday December 4, 2020 – The GTHL Board of Directors announced today that it will permit teams and organizations to return to on and off ice activities once the region in which each team/organization operates (i.e. Peel, Toronto or York) enters the ...
  • 15
    Earlier this week we learned the sad news of hockey legend Howie Meeker’s passing at the age of 97. Meeker, a native of New Hamburg, was named Rookie of the Year in 1947 and won four Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs before becoming an icon ...
  • 22
    EHL_-_POSTPONED_ANNOUCEMENT EHL_-_POSTPONED_OPTIONS With the announcement by the City of Toronto to close their rinks earlier this month, until the end of December 2020. The Etobicoke Hockey League as mandated by the GTHL, will be postponing ...
Printed from on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 1:04 AM