In April of 2016, in Lloydminster Alberta, the North York Rangers Midget AAA team captured the Telus Cup to give the GTHL its second consecutive National Midget Championship.

In 1976-77 the Don Mills Flyers MTHL (now GTHL) won the National Midget Championship in Moncton, New Brunswick.

In 2014-15, the Toronto Young Nationals represented the GTHL and Ontario, and went on to become the second Toronto team to win the Canadian National Midget Championship, now called the Telus Cup, in Riviere de Loupe.

This Championship has been dominated over the past twenty years by teams from Quebec and the West, where the structure of hockey is considerably different than Ontario. Currently, we have a club system with fairly strict residency rules, while the west and Quebec focus more on private sport schools and “all star” type teams.

Midget AAA hockey in Ontario has been under a great deal of stress in recent years. Lowering the age of the OHL Draft to 15 from 16 has made it very stressful on the Midget aged player. Many players drafted from Minor Midget believe they are too good to play Major Midget, and those that are not drafted, believe their dream of Jr., College, or professional hockey is over, and it is time to focus on other things. Thankfully, things are changing for the better.

Until recently, there were 36 Provincial Jr “A” teams in the Greater Toronto Area. After several years of poor performance, and an almost complete disappearance of US College scouts, the league decided to cut back to 22 teams (2012-13). This has greatly strengthen their league, and brought back the College scouts.

The benefits to Midget hockey, of this cut back in the number of Jr “A” teams, are clear and substantial. Many more top end players are available, and with the high quality of coaching that exists in the GTHL AAA Midget loop, the upside for the players is huge. OHL clubs are now recommending Midget AAA for many of their drafted players.

In recent years, the GTHL and its member clubs have worked hard to strengthen Midget AAA hockey, with weekend double headers, a more focused approach on the needs of the 16 and 17 year old student athlete, and a significant improvement in the overall level of coaching and training, all designed to ensure a players overall hockey and personal development continues at a high level.

# Name Pos. Shot Ht. Wt. DOB
4 Nick Aromatario D L 5'11 170 03/11/1999
7 Francesco Reda D - 5'10.5 165 12/25/2000
8 Kevin Shirmaly F R 5'11 175 02/16/1999
11 Joseph Giovenco F - 5'11 165 10/11/1999
12 Martin Maly F - 5'11 185 12/22/1999
13 Dylan Scriver F L 5'10 180 10/06/2000
14 Alex Fukushima F - 5'11 165 02/05/2000
15 Cameron Gaylor F - 5'11 160 11/19/1999
17 Travis Scott F R 6'2 160 05/17/2000
20 Mackenzie Chau D L 5'6 165 03/10/2000
21 Tyler Busillo F - 5'11 188 07/22/1999
27 Paul Spadafora F L 5'10 185 03/28/1999
52 Jeppe Meyer D R 5'9 - 05/02/2000
61 Jake Rauch F L 6'3 173 03/27/2000
70 Dimitri Mainikis D - - - 12/17/1999
71 Tyler Capone D - 6'0 177 01/03/1999
74 Noah Heisler D - 5'11 160 12/20/2000
77 Connor Mills F R 5'10 162 05/22/2000
28 Daanyal Chaudry G - 5'10 151 03/28/2000
29 Tyler Szczepaniak G - 6'0 165 06/22/2000
# Name Pos. Shot Ht. Wt. DOB
29 Christian Mattiace G - 6' 210 2000
47 Lanny Korbee G - 6' 190 1999
3 Braeden Theriault D - 5'10 185 2000
6 Liam Haslam D - 5'11 178 1999
24 Dirk Stadig D - 5'8 160 2000
26 Mauro D'Alessandro D - 6'2 210 1999
58 Chase Spencer D - 6' 195 1999
89 Chris Giroday D - 5'11 160 2000
8 Christian Lepone F - 5'9 160 2000
11 Markus Klaise F - 5'8 160 2000
13 Adam Trotman F - 5'11 193 2000
17 Alex Tower F - 5'10 180 2000
19 Camilo Rodrigue-Melo F - 5'8 162 1999
20 Ben Biasi F - 5'11 188 2000
73 George Kapralos F - 6'1 200 1999
78 Jayden Vaughan F - 5'10 165 2000
88 Cameron Hough F - 5'11 175 2000
93 Anthony Romano F - 5'9 168 2000
# Name Pos. Shot Ht. Wt. DOB
# Name Pos. Shot Ht. Wt. DOB
# Name Pos. Shot Ht. Wt. DOB
# Name Pos. Shot Ht. Wt. DOB
# Name Pos. Shot Ht. Wt. DOB
1 Joseph Ferluga G L 6'0 146 08/05/1999
2 Liam Williams D L 6'0 175 11/15/1999
5 Ty Chambers F R 5'10 171 05/08/2000
7 Jeremy Glied-Beliak F L 5'6 145 05/04/1999
8 Andrew Menecola D L 6'0 175 05/08/2000
9 Josh Nixon F R 5'7 140 05/09/2000
11 Nigel Dantas F R 5'10 148 08/11/1999
12 Matthew Bazarin F L 6'4 220 06/30/2000
15 Maxwell Gerlock D L 5'11 157 12/16/2000
16 Michael Imperiale D L 6'3 196 12/12/1999
17 Adam Grieco F L 5'8 158 01/17/2000
27 Dimitri Papadopoulos F L 5'9 140 01/26/2000
41 Patrick O'Leary G R 6'0 170 11/13/2000
51 Didier Koenigs F L 5'8 150 03/21/1999
53 Dryden Lewis F R 6'1 180 05/03/1999
55 Paolo Battistella F L 6'3 200 04/04/2000
67 Connor Loft D R 6'2 215 02/25/1999
80 Nicolas Carnovale D R 5'11 150 08/12/2000
# Name Pos. Shot Ht. Wt. DOB
2 Martin Templeton D L 6'2 187 02/17/2000
4 Joshua Gill D L 5'10 165 05/19/1999
7 Tristan Underwood F L 5'9 155 03/16/2000
8 Jared Viggers F L 5'9 175 01/31/2000
9 Ryan Jackson F R 6' 185 02/07/1999
14 Tyler Sampson D L 5'9 165 08/30/1999
17 Brendan Luther D L 6' 155 11/03/1999
19 Todd Collis F R 5'11 150 04/30/2000
23 Kenzo Boulou Ebanda F R 5'11 165 02/21/2000
24 Ethan Olenchuk G - 6' 145 08/24/1999
25 Jacob Hagen D L 5'11 155 02/03/2000
33 Zion Miceli G - 5'10 150 01/24/2000
44 Jake Tweedie F L 5'11 160 08/18/1999
50 Addison Tkaczyk D L 5'11 180 05/26/1999
58 Harrison Wright D L 6'1 155 02/24/2000
61 Harrison Israels F L 6' 175 09/01/1999
77 Italo Elio Caria F L 6' 193 05/30/2000
83 Kyle Barrett F L 5'11 165 08/31/1999
91 Eric Murray F L 5'10 160 04/30/1999
# Name Pos. Shot Ht. Wt. DOB
# Name Pos. Shot Ht. Wt. DOB
# Name Pos. Shot Ht. Wt. DOB
7 James Gibbins F L 6.01 165 05/22/1999
8 Ryan Boon D L 5.1 180 02/22/2000
9 Justin Vandal F L 5.1 165 01/23/1999
10 Scott Gaetz D R 5.1 175 06/23/1999
11 Owen Genautis F L 5.1 170 02/09/1999
15 Jack Wilkins F L 6.01 185 02/03/1999
17 Matt Bridgwater F L 6.02 180 02/25/2000
21 Charlie Mackie D L 6.04 190 08/22/2000
22 Tyler Flack F L 5.1 165 06/25/1999
23 Alex Mourani F L 6.0 170 03/23/2000
25 Alex Cercelli D R 6.0 178 01/15/2000
26 Eric Mcintyre F L 5.1 175 03/07/1999
31 Cristian Cugini G - 5.1 165 05/08/2000
41 Rewdy Scott F R 6.03 192 02/12/2000
51 Dante Fantauzzi D L 6.02 190 05/01/2000
70 Nicolas Daws G - 6.04 218 12/22/2000
76 Noah Romeo D R 6.03 186 08/19/2000
84 Henry Scott F L 6.02 174 01/21/1999
93 Aaron Dickson F L 5.1 180 09/22/1999
# Name Pos. Shot Ht. Wt. DOB
9 Jeff Brown - - - - -
52 Donato Caravaggio - - - - -
26 Claudio De Gasperis - - - - -
88 Marcus Didiano - - - - -
70 Damian Favaretto - - - - -
23 Adrian Iudiciani - - - - -
8 Christian James-mcdonald - - - - -
12 Jackson Lakey - - - - -
18 Eric Meche - - - - -
72 Cole Morrison - - - - -
84 Ryan Park - - - - -
32 Antonio Pirone - - - - -
49 Brady Rutherford - - - - -
71 Lucas Sanci - - - - -
21 Evan Seymour - - - - -
17 Spencer Smith - - - - -
58 Alex Tsiobanos - - - - -
19 Brandon Weeks - - - - -
# Name Pos. Shot Ht. Wt. DOB
# Name Pos. Shot Ht. Wt. DOB
# Name Pos. Shot Ht. Wt. DOB
30 Jack Watson G - - - 2000
50 Elliot Tang G - - - 2000
2 Ryan Mahabir F - - - 2000
4 Matthew Perrotta D - - - 1999
5 Stephen Calisti D - - - 1999
6 David Mastropaolo D - - - 1999
11 Chris Pappas F - - - 2000
12 Jacob Latham D - - - 1999
14 Mathew O'Brien F - - - 1999
17 Dnaiel Glyn-Williams F - - - 1999
27 Matthew Wilkins D - - - 1999
28 Jacob Rayner F - - - 1999
63 Andre Brett D - - - 1999
66 Jack McTiernan F - - - 2000
67 Cooper Sharpe F - - - 1999
88 Edward Yan F - - - 2000
92 Nate Mueller F - - - 1999
97 Anthony Carraretto F - - - 2000
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Midget AAA hockey in the GTHL is the best environment for 16 and 17 year olds to play on a regular basis and develop their skills for the next level, especially if that level involves hockey thru education for the student/athlete.

Parents and players need to understand US Colleges and Canadian Universities typically do not place student/athletes in their hockey programs until they are 19+ years old. Therefore, this year’s graduating Minor Midget players have another four years of growth, maturity, and development ahead of them before achieving their goal of College/University hockey. There is no rush, and the fact that players may be drafted late to the OHL, or not at all (not because they are not good enough; but because they are not ready yet), has absolutely nothing to do with where they can be in three or four years, especially if they continue to work hard and play at a high level. Players can play one or two years of midget hockey (grade 11 and 12), and still have two years left to play Junior; there is no rush.

Midget AAA hockey in Ontario has been under some stress in recent years. OHL drafted players felt they were too good to play Midget, and those that were not drafted, felt their dream of Jr., College, or professional hockey was over, and it was time to focus on other things. Thankfully, things are changing for the better.

Until recently, there were 36 Provincial Jr “A” teams in the GTA. After several years of poor performance, and an almost complete disappearance of US College scouts, the league decided to cut back to 22 teams (2012-13). This will make their league an “older player” league and greatly strengthen the overall quality of their programs.

The benefits of this decision to midget hockey in the GTHL are real and substantial. Many more top end players became available, and with the high quality of coaching that exists in the GTHL AAA Midget loop (see www.gthlmidgetAAA.com) , there is nothing but upside for players. Some OHL clubs are now recommending Midget AAA for many of their drafted players.

In recent years the GTHL and its member clubs have worked hard to strengthen Midget AAA hockey, with weekend double headers, a more focused approach to the needs of the 16 and 17 year old student athlete, and a significant improvement in the level of coaching and training, all designed to ensure a players overall hockey and personal development continues at a high level.

Alex Annecchiarico (Owen Sound Attack OHL), Bo Bessette (Niagara Ice Dogs OHL), Joseph Blandisi (Ottawa 67's OHL / Colorado Avalanche Draft Pick), Justin Brack (Owen Sound Attack OHL), Erik Bradford (Barrie Colts OHL), Michael Bunting (Sault St Marie OHL), John Carpino (Western Michigan University D1), Dawson Carty (Mississauga Steelheads OHL), Ralph Cuddemi (Canisius College D1), Steven Desrocher (Oshawa Generals OHL), Mathew Donnelly (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL), Slater Doggett (Kingston Frontenacs OHL), Kyle Dutra (NCAA Div 1 Mercy Hurst), Tyler Ganly (Sault St Marie OHL - Carolina 6th Round 156th Overall), Jack Hidi (full scholarship NCAA Div 1 Canisius College), Cole Hutchinson (Charlotte Islanders QMJHL), Cory Kalk (Dartmouth NCAA Div1), Dillon Lawrence (Boston University NCAA Div 1 ), Quentin Maksimovich (Erie Otters OHL), Andrew Mangiapane (Barrie Colts OHL), Tyler Morrison (Gattineau Olympic QMJHL), Matthew Nosella (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL), Lucas Peressini (Kingston Frontenacs OHL), Patrick Piacentini (Mercy Hurst NCAA Div 1), Lukas Pozgay (Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL), Mike Prapevessis (RPI NCAA Div 1), Darren Raddysh (Erie Otters OHL), Matthew Santos (North Bay Battalion OHL), Landon Schiller (SSM Greyhounds OHL), Mike Soucier (Bemidji State NCAA Div 1), Anthony Rapachi (RIT NCAA Div 1), Conor Thomson (Hoosac Prep School, New York ), Evan Smith (Yale NCAA Div 1 Ivy League), Mitchell Smith (Yale NCAA Ivy League), Matthew Whittaker (full scholarship to Div 1 NCAA St Cloud University), Michael Vallescuro (Curry College NCAA Div 3), Daniel Volpe (North Bay Battalion OHL), Michael Webster (Barrie Colts OHL)
  1. Hockey Canada Certification - Advanced, Level 1 - Development Stream, AAA Coaching Experience - 15 years, Midget AAA Coaching Experience - 7 years
  2. Played 3 years Provincial JR. A, and was captain of my last year. I received a scholarship to R.I.T. (NCAA Division 1 College) and played for 4 years, winning the ECAC Championship every year. I then played 2 years of professional hockey with Adirondack, Kalamazoo, and Lubbock. I have been coaching for 7 years now in the GTHL.
  3. I was a professional ice hockey player for nine years, having played four years in the Central Hockey League and one season in the International Hockey league in the United States. I moved across to Great Britain in 2009 to play in the Elite Ice Hockey League for four years.
  4. I played 8 years in the GTHL before moving on to Provincial Jr A, followed by a scholarship to Miami (Ohio) University from 1990-94. I earned All American honours in my junior season and was named to the All-CCHA Second Team in my junior and senior campaigns. I was drafted in the 6th round of the 91 NHL draft. I played 87 games for the Saint John Flames of the American Hockey League before being traded to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks organization, where I played almost two full seasons with the Baltimore Bandits of the AHL. I also had stints in the Central Hockey League and United Hockey League and spent two seasons playing in Germany.
  5. I played minor and high school hockey in Toronto prior to playing junior hockey for the Henry Carr Crusaders. I accepted an athletic scholarship to Merrimack College in Massachusetts where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in accounting while serving as a stand-out four year varsity starter and senior captain with the Warriors. I have coached, trained, and advised youth, high school, junior, college, and professional level athletes in Ontario and New England for many years.
  6. I have extensive experience and outstanding credentials as a player, coach, and scout at the Junior and Pro levels. I played in the OHL from 1980-83, leading the Peterborough Petes in scoring in my final season with 101 points. I was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the 1981 NHL entry draft and joined the Bruins in 1982. I then played 3 seasons in the AHL, and began my coaching career as the Head Coach of the St. Michaels Buzzers in 1987. The Buzzers won both a League and Provincial Junior Championship in 1989. I later became a Chief Scout in the OHL and Eastern scout for the Boston Bruins.
    NHL Players coached: Eric Lindross, Jeff O’Neill, Jamal Mayers, Jeff Harding, Joe Day, Jason Muzatti, Jason Wolley, Steve Halko, Richard Shylmistra, Rob Cowie, David Harlock, Ken Klee, Marc Moro and others…
  7. I have been coaching Minor Hockey for the past 10 years and with the same Organization for the past 6 seasons. I am one of the elite few coaches at Midget AAA to have his high performance coaching certification which is the highest coaching stream in Hockey Canada’s Coaching Certification program. I have been coaching Midget AAA program for the past 5 years. In 4 of those years, my teams have either gone to the Semi Finals or Finals of the GTHL. I have taught at several high performance hockey schools throughout the GTA, and can provide tactic, system and skill development as well as help players understand and improve the physiological side of their game.
    I played in the GTHL, and Tier 2 Jr. “A” with the Markham Waxers and the Thornhill Islanders, where I earned an NCAA Division 1 Scholarship to Kent State in Ohio. I completed my Psychology degree at York University after the Kent Hockey Program was cancelled. I played 4 years of professional hockey in the East Coast, Central, United and Western Pro leagues. During that time, I had the opportunity to attend an American Hockey League training camp and a Canadian National Team evaluation camp.
  8. After playing 8 years in the GTHL and Tier 2 Junior, I earned a full four year scholarship to The University of Alabama in Huntsville, which is a Division 1 NCAA program. I went on to play several seasons of pro hockey in Germany, the C.H.L. and the S.P.H.L. I was an assistant coach at The University of Alabama in Huntsville, before returning to Toronto where I have continued coaching at the Junior and minor levels.