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Greater Metro Junior A
Hockey League
GMHL Logo
Founded 2006
No. of teams 23
Recent Champions Tottenham Steam (2016)
Most successful club Bradford Rattlers (3)
Website GMHL.net

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
London Lakers 2015 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 Cramahe, Ontario 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

Team Centre Joined Exited Status
Algoma Avalanche Thessalon, Ontario 2009 2012 Folded
Alliston Coyotes Alliston 2013 2016 renamed New Tecumseth Civics when sold
Bobcaygeon Bucks Bobcaygeon, Ontario 2007 2014 Joined CIHL
Bobcaygeon Storm Bobcaygeon, Ontario 2015 2016 Membership revoked
Bracebridge Blues Bracebridge, Ontario 2014 2016 removed from schedule mid-season
Bracebridge Phantoms Bracebridge, Ontario 2012 2014 renamed Bracebridge Blues
Brantford Steelfighters Brantford, Ontario 2015 2015 Membership revoked, folded mid-season
Brock Bucks Beaverton 2008 2011 become Bobcaygeon Bucks
Cambridge Bears Cambridge, Ontario 2014 2015 On hiatus
Colborne Chiefs Cramahe, Ontario 2015 2016 renamed Northumberland Stars when team sold
Coldwater Falcons Coldwater, Ontario 2015 2016 Membership revoked
Deseronto Thunder Deseronto, Ontario 2006 2007 renamed Deseronto Storm
Deseronto Storm Deseronto, Ontario 2007 2012 Joined EBJCHL
Douro Dukes Ennismore 2007 2008 become Brock Bucks
Elliot Lake Bobcats Elliot Lake, Ontario 2007 2012 Joined NOJHL
Espanola Kings Espanola, Ontario 2007 2009 Folded
Grey County Grizzlies Grey County
(Grey Highlands)
2015 2015 Folded mid-season
Grey Highlands Bravehearts Markdale, Ontario 2014 2016 relocate to Wiarton and renamed Wiarton Rock
Haliburton Wolves Haliburton, Ontario 2015 2016 Membership revoked
Halton Ravens Burlington 2013 2016 become St. George Ravens
Innisfil Lakers Innisfil, Ontario 2007 2010 Folded
Jamestown Jets Jamestown, New York 2010 2011 Lost arena, folded
King Wild King City 2006 2010 become Vaughan Wild
Komoka Dragons Komoka, Ontario 2015 2016 Folded mid-season
Lefroy Wave Innisfil 2011 2014 moved to Markdale, Ontario and renamed Grey Highlands Bravehearts
Lincoln Mavericks Beamsville, Ontario 2016 2016 Folded mid-season
Mattawa Voyageurs Mattawa 2011 2014 relocated to South River and become Almaguin Spartans
Minden Riverkings Minden Hills, Ontario 2008 2009 Folded
Nipissing Alouettes Sturgeon Falls, Ontario 2006 2009 Folded
Ontario Lightning Rams Richmond Hill, Ontario 2008 2009 Folded
Orangeville Americans Orangeville 2011 2015 renamed Orangeville Ice Crushers when sold
Oro-Medonte 77's Guthrie, Ontario 2008 2011 Folded
Powassan Dragons Powassan 2009 2011 renamed Powassan Eagles
Powassan Eagles Powassan 2012 2014 become Parry Sound Islanders
Rama Aces Rama, Ontario 2012 2015 Folded
Richmond Hill Rams Richmond Hill, Ontario 2006 2008 renamed Ontario Lightning Rams
Shelburne Red Wings Shelburne, Ontario 2010 2014 Sold; take year off; renamed Shelburne Stars
Shelburne Stars Shelburne, Ontario 2015 2016 renamed Shelburne Sharks
Shelburne Sharks Shelburne, Ontario 2015 2016 fold prior to commencing play
Sturgeon Falls Lumberjacks Sturgeon Falls 2010 2016 withdrew late in season; renamed West Nipissing Lynx
Tamworth Cyclones Tamworth, Ontario 2007 2009 Folded
Temiscaming Royals Temiscaming, Quebec 2007 2008 Joined NOJHL
Toronto Blue Ice Jets Thornhill 2013 2016 Folded
Toronto Canada Moose Thornhill 2006 2013 renamed Toronto Blue Ice Jets
Vaughan Stars Vaughan, Ontario 2011 2011 Membership revoked
Vaughan Wild Vaughan, Ontario 2011 2012 become Lefroy Wave
Ville-Marie Dragons Ville-Marie 2008 2010 fold mid-season; revived as Powassan Dragons

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
  • 2016 Tottenham Steam

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