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.

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4 Nicholas Aromatario D
82 Tushar Bonnell F
21 Tyler Busillo F
19 Maximo Carbone F
76 Brandon Carr-Ansah D
16 Matthew Di Cesare F
23 Julian Florindi F
71 Ruslan Geidarov D
85 Michael Kelaiditis F
9 Connor Lamont F
17 Mitchell Luzar D
18 Austin Pope F
8 Kevin Shirmaly F
27 Nikolas Tsatsos F
28 Kyle Waters F
90 Hudson Lambert D
7 Josh Lemmon F
24 Ryan Radisa D
31 Aidan Link G
30 Spencer Stewart G
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30 Griffin Couts G
47 Lanny Korbee G
4 Matthew Perrotta D
5 Daniel Tomassetti D
10 Matthew Leon D
84 Artisom Anosau F
98 Adrian Francescucci D
9 Cabot Mackenzie D
16 Daniel Lowe F
17 Nicholas Celotti F
21 Joshua MacPherson F
28 Jacob Rayner F
62 Reid Syrydiuk F
88 Matteo Digiulio F
91 Aryan Jusenovski F
94 Mathew Rheding F
44 John Brindley F
25 Carson Modlin D
15 Max Voronov D
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2 Eric Becker D
7 Vova Danilov F
9 Erich Roeder F
10 Joey Campbell F
13 Danil Zuzemin F
14 Roman Luppov F
16 Liam Anderson F
18 Jonathan Preston F
19 Cole Evans D
21 Christian Tsukamoto F
23 Dylan Latty F
24 Steve Holtz D
27 Zach Taliana D
39 Justin Yakimyshyn F
51 Josh Jones D
92 Mike McCannell D
94 Jack Landry F
17 Daniel Glyn-Williams F
31 Cameron Lees G
1 Mason Cox G
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00 Luca Durante G
2 Nolan O'Shea F
4 Quentin Degano D
5 Daniel Stratis D
6 William Becke D
8 Ryan Lyttle F
9 Mel Melconian F
10 Patrick McCluskey D
11 Mitchell McEwan F
12 Zachary Carr F
20 Anthony Santos D
22 Eric Mergelas D
41 Bradley McEwan F
71 Luca Esposito F
77 Mark Bastianello F
21 O.T. Omoregie F
27 Matthew Cianci F
91 Brett Bannister F
14 Jonathan Hampton F
92 Mario Peccia G
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29 Barrett Mundell G
31 Alex Dolmaya G
4 Jasper Forgrave F
5 Stephen Calisti D
6 Maxwell Lightfoot F
8 Daniel Heelis D
9 Thomas Hernandez F
10 Kyle Lewis F
18 Anthony Carella F
19 Massimo Petricca F
22 Cole Resnick F
51 Didier Koenigs F
55 Ryan Magee D
63 Andre Brett D
65 Nicolas Elia D
67 Connor Loft D
72 Francesco Fedele F
77 Dimitri Manikis D
89 Tyson Gilmour F
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35 Stefan Gracon G
4 James Rieckhof G
2 Thomas Finn D
4 Joshua Gill D
5 Carson Andreoli D
7 Patrick Sebben D
9 Garrett Pyke F
11 Owen Genautis F
17 Brendan Luther D
21 Nikola Dzambas F
27 Paul Spadafora F
61 Harrison Israels F
71 Damien Demarco-Sutton F
83 Kyle Barrett F
88 Jason Stachelbeck F
90 Pat Campagna F
91 Eric Murray F
96 Maxwell Thomson D
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35 Kyle Henderson G
72 Jett Alexander G
2 Jeremy Smith D
8 William Calverley F
12 Chris Bukvic D
14 Liam Gillanders D
18 Aidan Casey F
19 Noah Holm D
21 Jason Pineo F
26 Ken Cohen F
27 Daniel Tsiampas F
44 Will Hunter F
46 Spencer Adamson F
47 Eric Wong D
61 Matteo Santia F
81 James Turner F
83 Sean Josling F
91 Davis Park F
97 Mark Perone D
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93 Aaron Dickinson F
22 Tyler Flack F
10 Scott Gaetz D
7 James Gibbins F
21 Drake Lafontaine F
13 Ben Lawrick D
23 Joe Maziarz D
61 Eric Meche F
26 Eric McIntyre F
65 Ryan Nicholson D
51 Jaden Peca F
44 Tyler Sampson D
14 Devlin Shanahan F
27 Brendan Smith D
9 Justin Vandal F
97 Paul Violo F
15 Jack Wilkins F
1 Nate McDonald G
31 Colton Incze G
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29 Nicholas Meuller G
30 Gabe Cronish G
4 Adam Leavoy D
5 Griffin Lewicki D
6 David Mastropaolo D
7 Kiryll Ulanov F
9 Jeff Brown F
10 Matthew Brassard F
11 Camilo Rodrigue-Melo F
13 Nikita Koulaga F
16 Saunders White F
18 Brendan Charlton F
19 Jake Leblanc F
21 Sebastian Cirillo D
22 Liam Mroueh F
23 Adrian Iudiciani D
26 Claudio DeGasperis F
44 Austin Whelan F
45 Coulter Montague F/D
71 Lucas Sanci D
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27 Adrian Bilic D
71 Tyler Capone D
21 Colton Celentano F
19 Luca D'Aversa F
91 Gianluca Fuoco F
61 Ryan Israel F
12 Calder Lund D
Daniel Marchese
28 Alex Mercier F
94 George Miranda F
22 Jackson Oswald D
1 Lucas Patton G
9 Michael Pusateri F
5 Harrison Toms D
16 Rocco Andreacchi F
17 Will Frustaglio F
8 Carson Gallagher F
98 Michael Keating D
60 Steven Kotsopoulos G
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30 Connor Winters G
1 Eric Jackson G
2 Ryan Wells D
6 Matthew Kellenberger D
12 Jacob Latham D
23 Declan Graham D
27 Matthew Wilkins D
24 Justin McIntosh D
3 Justin Aikins D
41 Daniel Berno F
9 Zach Sheedy F
8 Allister O'Hagan F
93 Brandon Cohen F
19 Nicholas Pryce F
18 Jonathan Sharir-Smith F
92 Nate Mueller F
73 George Kapralos F
14 Matthew O'Brien F
20 Alyn Robson F
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7 Peter Izzo F
9 Matthew Grasso F
10 Justin Vernace F
17 Marco Maggioni F
18 Noan Palmen F
27 Christain Pullara F
28 Ensar Pajtesa F
67 Cooper Sharpe F
77 Christain Monachino F
88 Marcus Didiano F
6 Liam Haslam D
14 Liam Williams D
42 Roberto Lentini D
44 Addison Tkaczyk D
58 Chase Spencer D
82 Anil Datt D
85 Joseph Cugini D
30 Michael Miglietta G
31 Jacob Tersigni G

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.