In 1976-77 the MTHL (now GTHL) won the National Midget Championship in Moncton, New Brunswick. Since that time, no team from Toronto has won this prestigious Championship, now called the Telus Cup.

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 they 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 Midget Draft to 15 from 16 has had a profound impact. 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, which may or may not include Midget AAA hockey. Thankfully, things are changing, and 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 greatly strengthen their league and bring back the College scouts.

The benefits of this cut back in Jr “A” teams to midget hockey in the GTHL are clear and substantial. Many more top end players will be available, and with the high quality of coaching that exists in the GTHL AAA Midget loop, the upside for 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 level of coaching and training, all designed to ensure a players overall hockey and personal development continues at a high level.

# Name Pos.
84 Mark Rozanov RW
14 Oliver Benwell RW
85 Michael Kelaiditis LW
4 Jack Kelly C
25 Brandon Bastasin LD
87 Ryan Barbosa RD
23 Julian Florindi C
26 James Ranson LW
61 Nello Sansone LW
41 Kyle Thomas RW
24 Nicholas Alvaro LD
21 Devon Oates C
27 Lucas Derose LD
29 Nikolas Tsatsos C
19 Nicholas Romero LW
16 Michael Gracon LD
33 Evgeny Siluyanov RD
90 Aidar Iuldashev F
3 Jake Sterritt LD
51 Marcus Paulino G
31 Aidan Link G
# Name Pos.
9 Michael Rehding C
93 Joshua Dame C
7 Artur Terchiyev C
24 George Novachis LW
26 Ryan Ngan RW
27 Daniel Tsiampas LW
15 Christian Cannata RD
90 Noah Kalsner-Lowe C
17 Daniil Miromanov RW
14 Nicholas Dattolico RD
44 Fedor Rudakov LD
2 Nicholas Favaro RD
82 Peyton Reeves LW
49 Brendan Hancock RW
89 Jake Campbell LW
58 Luka Cecen RD
98 Aryan Jusenovski C
31 Nick Destounis G
39 Scott Pincombe G
# Name Pos.
12 Michael Dischiavi LW
7 Ivan Volkov RW
10 Leo Bourgeois RW
44 Austin Augusto LW
24 Artem Suyarguloc C
21 Chistian Tsukamoto C
71 Otasowie Omoregie LW
41 Bradley Mcewan LW
11 Mitchel Mcewan C
19 Michael Barbuzzi RW
51 Josh Jones LD
5 Aleksandr Andriukov RD
23 Darius Kondrotas LD
9 Solan Shifara LW
78 Mark Suchy LD
16 Riley Teigan-Katsumi RD
97 Bailey Fen C
17 Andrew Humenik LD
1 Quinten Bell G
27 Adam McCormack G
# Name Pos.
91 Brett Bannister RW
93 Lee Lapid RW
19 Jason Di Perna LW
14 Jonathan Hampton RW
74 Matt Steen C
77 Mark Bastianello C
28 Matteo Serrao LW
88 Matthew Amato LD
6 William Becke LD
65 Sean Durzi RD
44 Braydon Munn RD
8 Allister O'Hagan C
9 Nolan O'Shea C
23 Brendan Devane LD
7 Cody Smith C
31 Alex Dolmaya G
30 Matthew Menna G
# Name Pos.
91 Brandon Yeamans C
18 Matthew Galli RW
55 Chris Cozza LD
19 Chris Karabassis RW
6 Daniel Tomassetti RD
92 Blake Dowsling LW
48 Nathaniel Silva RD
24 Alyn Robson RW
89 Tyson Gilmour C
79 Philip Lagunov C
9 Kyle Lewis LW
8 Daniel Heelis LD
90 Hudson Lambert RD
44 Luke Caleca LW
28 Michael Djerroud C
7 Brandon Carr-Ansah RD
57 Ryan Magee RD
77 Francesco Fedele LW
30 Julian Sime G
33 Kasimir Krol G
# Name Pos.
9 Connor Lamont C
28 Spencer Adamson C
15 Daniel Pereira C
43 Quinn Pollock LW
12 Mitchell Devins-Cann RD
3 Eric Thrower RD
10 Joshua Macpherson RW
91 Mark Scamurra RW
5 Adrian Macintosh LD
16 John Cyfko LW
74 Noah Hill RW
11 Tushar Bonnell C
6 Ryan Stevenson C
7 Justin Mutter LW
4 Robert Rizzo RD
30 Spencer Stewart G
55 Spiro Vrysellas G
55 Ryan Lawn G
# Name Pos.
77 Ryan Hunt C
8 William Calverley C
11 Kyle Chyphya LW
2 Taylor Woolcott RW
18 Aidan Casey RW
4 Oliver Strasses LW
47 Eric Wong RD
21 Jason Pineo C
81 James Turner LW
19 Cole Evans LD
27 John Kourtis RD
3 Justin Aikens LD
12 Chris Bukvic LD
93 Brandon Cohen C
17 Noah Cohen RW
98 Adrian Francescucci LD
1 Michael Botiz G
29 Vince Michelizzi G
# Name Pos.
10 Lyam Cripps RW
6 Matthew Leon RD
24 Zachary Barret F
7 Mitchell Eastman F
23 Bogdan Khvatov F
58 Patrick McCluskey LD
44 Austin Whelan LW
4 Adam Leavoy LD
12 Damien Caringi F
11 Brandon Cvetkovic C
27 Peter Downhaniuk LD
45 Coulter Montague RD
22 Steven Mounouchos F
55 Nicholas Elia RD
19 Ethan Hurst RD
35 Jacob Hutchings G
31 Cameron Lees G
# Name Pos.
40 Marc-Anthony Simonetta C
93 Lucas Colalillo C
13 Aggie Houston C
16 Graeme MacLean LD
44 Joseph Teofilo RW
19 Michael Vitro RW
74 Kyle Lane RW
7 Erik Larsen C
8 Spencer Allen RW
10 Jake Avidan LW
97 Eric Eremita C
77 Robert Monti RD
89 Nick Vitali LD
67 Spencer Comelli LD
23 Jacob Zemelman LD
27 Jordan Bokla RD
60 Griffen Coutts G
29 Anthony Coletta G
31 Jake Bly G
# Name Pos.
9 Lucas Valente LW
14 Jackson Savery C
97 Kevin Hu C
62 Reid Syrydiuk RW
17 Brock Burrows RW
93 Jonathan Da Silva RW
94 Jack Landry C
22 Liam Andrews RD
71 Mark Bouchard RW
26 Sam Maione LD
27 Will Scott RW
6 Matthew Coppola RD
76 Brendan Gnydjenko LD
8 Philip Liakakos LD
3 Dean Smith LD
91 Callum Cusinato C
23 Batu Gendunov LD
7 Nathan Hawrysh RD
32 Eric Scholz G
1 Jeremy Jucymenko G
# Name Pos.
21 Justin Herman RW
8 Ryan Bonsteel C
9 Mac Graham C
97 Alex Ierullo LW
20 Nolan Reagan LW
17 Dean Rayner RW
6 Max Routledge RW
19 Jordan Sambrook RD
91 Jake Joffe RW
15 Andrew Breda LD
7 James Guest RD
51 Nikolas Kalpouzas RD
26 Justin Mahabir RD
93 Alex Presutto C
39 Matthew Pyz LD
13 Velan Nandhakuamrn
# Name Pos.
13 Nick Carraretto LW
81 Thomas Perrotti RD
28 Ensar Pajtesa F
10 Justin Vernace C
5 David Martino LD
91 Chrisitian Mitri C
73 Vasily Gogolev LD
55 Alex Lee LW
42 Roberto Lentini LD
14 Christian Martone C
77 Christian Monachino RW
21 Sebastian Cirillo RD
74 Kenneth Cohen F
78 Vitale Ross LD
19 Robert Giansante LW
3 Julian Lem LD
6 Andrew Pickering LD
97 Erik Rusis F
20 Mitch Lesway G
61 Oleg Ryaguzov 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)