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The Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League is an independent Junior "A" ice hockey league. They were founded in 2006.

HistoryEdit

In revolt to Hockey Canada's Canadian Development Model and their banning of European players below the Major Junior level, the GMHL was founded with seven teams during the fall of 2006. The original teams were the Bradford Rattlers, Deseronto Thunder, King Wild, Nipissing Alouettes, Richmond Hill Rams, South Muskoka Shield, and Toronto Canada Moose.

In five years of operation, the league had doubled in size. Bradford won the league playoffs in 2007 and 2008, South Muskoka won in 2009, Deseronto won it in 2010, and 2007 expansion team Elliot Lake Bobcats took home the Russell Cup in 2011.

As of 2011, five of the original teams are still in operation: Bradford, Deseronto (now called the Storm), King (now known as the Lefroy Wave), South Muskoka, and Toronto. Nipissing and Richmond Hill both folded after three seasons, but Nipissing was replaced in 2010 by the Sturgeon Falls Lumberjacks in their hometown.

The league had boasted two teams of foreigner-only teams, Russians on the Shelburne Red Wings (2010-2014) and Americans on the Orangeville Americans (2011-2015). Hockey Canada and the GMHL have always been at odds. In 2007-08, Hockey Canada initiated a policy of a quarantine system on players, officials, and coaches involved with the GMHL. In the Summer of 2008, this was investigated by the Canadian Government and deemed illegal. Despite this, intimidation has persisted. During the 2010-11 season, this situation grew extreme in Shelburne and resulted in the Mayor of Shelburne forcing a sitdown between the town, Hockey Canada, and the GMHL.

As of September 2011, the league is operating in its sixth season with fourteen active franchises and two dormant franchises set to operate in 2012.

For 2015-16, the league is scheduled to have 34 franchises including 11 expansion teams and two teams on hiatus.

In late October or early November 2015 the Brantford Steelfighters folded.

On March 9, 2016 the league president announced that the Bobcaygeon Storm, Coldwater Falcons, Grey County Grizzlies, and Haliburton Wolves would no longer be members of the league.

Member TeamsEdit

North DivisionEdit

Team Joined Centre Arena
Almaguin Spartans 2011 South River South River-Machar Arena
Bracebridge Blues 2012 Bracebridge Bracebridge Memorial Arena
Bradford Bulls 2012 Bradford Bob Fallis Sports Centre
Bradford Rattlers 2006 Bradford BWG Leisure Centre
Knights of Meaford 2013 Meaford Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre
New Tecumseth Civics 2013 Alliston New Tecumseth Recreation Complex
Orangeville Ice Crushers 2011 Orangeville Teen Ranch Ice Corral
Parry Sound Islanders 2008 Parry Sound Bobby Orr Community Centre
Seguin Huskies 2013 Humphrey Centre Dufferin Recreational Centre
South Muskoka Shield 2006 Gravenhurst Gravenhurst Centennial Centre
Temiscaming Titans 2011 Temiscaming, QC Le Centre de Temiscaming
West Nipissing Lynx 2010 Sturgeon Falls Sturgeon Falls Arena
Wiarton Rock 2006 Wiarton Wiarton Arena & Community Centre

South DivisionEdit

Team Joined Centre Arena
Kingsville Kings 2015 Kingsville Kingsville Arena Complex
Komoka Dragons 2015 Komoka Komoka Wellness & Recreation Complex
Linoln Mavericks 2016 Beamsville Fleming Centre
London Lakers 1989 London London Sports Park
Niagara Whalers 2014 Port Colborne Vale Health and Wellness Centre
North York Renegades 2014 North York Canlan Ice Sports York
Northumberland Stars 2015 Colborne Keeler Centre
Oshawa Riverkings 2015 Oshawa Legends Arena
St. George Ravens 2013 St. George South Dumfries Community Centre
Tilsonburg Hurricanes 2016 Tilsonburg Tilsonburg Community Centre
Toronto Attack 2012 North York Canlan Ice Sports York
Toronto Predators 2013 Toronto Mattamy Athletic Centre
Tottenham Steam 2014 New Tecumseth, Ontario Tottenham and Community Fitness Centre

On hiatusEdit

Team Joined Centre Arena
Norfolk Vikings 2015 Simcoe Talbot Gardens

Former TeamsEdit

Awarded teams that never playedEdit

ChampionsEdit

  • 2007 Bradford Rattlers
  • 2008 Bradford Rattlers
  • 2009 South Muskoka Shield
  • 2010 Deseronto Storm
  • 2011 Elliot Lake Bobcats
  • 2012 Sturgeon Falls Lumberjacks
  • 2013 Bradford Rattlers
  • 2014 Bradford Bulls
  • 2015 Temiscaming Titans

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