January 25 Announcement from GTHL on Return to Play
Please see attached Memo issued today by the GTHL regarding Return To Play as of Monday January 31, 2022.
More info to follow.
January 25, 2022 GTHL Announcement Return To PlayGTHL PREPARES TO WELCOME PLAYERS BACK TO THE RINK ON JANUARY 31,
GAME PLAN 2.0 UPDATES TO COME
The Greater Toronto Hockey League announced today that beginning January 31, on-ice
programming may resume. The announcement comes following the lifting of restrictions by the
Government of Ontario and consultations by the GTHL with Public Health.
The GTHL has been advised that facilities will be permitted to reopen with 50 per cent capacity
in both the building and spectator areas. There will be limits in dressing rooms that do not allow
for social distancing. On-ice programming, however, will be able to resume under normal
As a result, the GTHL’s competitive teams (“A,” “AA,” and “AAA”), the Mississauga Hockey
League (MHL), North York Hockey League (NYHL), House League, and other programs may
resume practices and skill development on January 31, provided they are doing so within any
restrictions put in place by the Government of Ontario and/or the respective local Public Health
unit. This will allow a period of time for players to return to physical activity before participating
in game situations.
Competitive (“A,” “AA,” and “AAA”), MHL, NYHL, and House League teams may resume games
on February 4, provided it is permitted to do so within the Government of Ontario regulations
and is permitted by local Public Health units.
The GTHL is currently updating the Game Plan 2.0 framework to ensure it reflects current public
health requirements and recommendations so that players can return to the ice in a safe, fun,
and secure environment. The updated document will be available by January 30 for review prior
to Monday’s return to arenas.
The GTHL is also updating the 2021-22 competitive League schedule. The GTHL remains fully
committed to completing the regular season schedule for competitive games. The current
playoff structure is currently under review to determine what, if any, modifications will be needed
– including potentially extending the playoff end date – in order to complete the post-season.
The MHL, NYHL, and each House League will be making determinations on how the balance of
their seasons will be completed.
Committed to providing the most up-to-date and accurate information possible, the GTHL will
continue to assist participants through maintaining a list of local facility guidelines which can be
viewed here. Prior to returning to the rink, please ensure you review the updated Game Plan 2.0
and your local facility’s guidelines to ensure proper protocol is followed. Not all arenas will have
protocols listed on their website. The GTHL encourages all participants and members
to call a local facility if protocols cannot be found.
The League extends a gracious thank-you to all members, players, families, volunteers,
and staff for their continued patience and understanding as we all prepare to return to the game
we love safely.