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This is the 2019-20 Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League season. This is the league's 13th season.

Play Suspended

The league released the following statement on March 13, 2020:

"The Greater Metro Jr. A Hockey League has been forced to postpone the Russell Cup Playoffs for two weeks.
Late in the evening of March 12th, 2020, the GMHL was notified by our underwriting insurance provider that a mandatory two week shutdown must be implemented. Our insurance & sanctioning body is the same sanctioning body which governs all of junior hockey in Canada, and we are required to follow the direction of the sanctioning body." [1]

Following the two weeks, a final decision regarding the playoffs will be provided.

Membership Changes

  • On March 8, 2019 the league posted that applications for the head coach position were being taken for the Bancroft Rockhounds expansion team for the 2019-20 season.[6]
  • On January 3, 2020 the league announced that the Ottawa Sharpshooters were removed from the league schedule "due to the ownership folding their operation"[7]

Teams

North Division

Team Joined Centre Arena
Almaguin Spartans 2011 South River South River-Machar Arena
Bancroft Rockhounds 2019 Bancroft North Hastings Community Centre
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
South Muskoka Shield 2006 Gravenhurst Graeme Murray Arena
Temiscaming Titans 2011 Temiscaming, QC Le Centre de Temiscaming
Ville-Marie Pirates 2017 Ville-Marie, Quebec Olympia de Ville-Marie
West Nipissing Lynx 2010 Sturgeon Falls Sturgeon Falls Arena

South Division

Team Joined Centre Arena
Durham Roadrunners 2015 Oshawa Legends Arena
Kingsville Kings 2015 Kingsville Kingsville Arena 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 Keeler Centre
St. George Ravens 2013 St. George South Dumfries Community Centre
Toronto Predators 2013 Toronto Mattamy Athletic Centre
Tottenham Steam 2014 New Tecumseth Tottenham and Community Fitness Centre
Windsor Aces 2017 Windsor Adie Knox Herman Arena

West Division

Team Joined Centre Arena
High Prairie Red Wings 2019 High Prairie, Alberta High Prairie Sports Palace
Northern Alberta Tomahawks 2019 Enoch, Alberta Enoch Recreation Centre
Slave Lake Icedogs 2019 Slave Lake, Alberta Multi-Rec Centre

Relocate, renamed, or fold prior to or during season

Team Joined Centre Arena Fate
Cold Lake Wings 2019 Cold Lake, Alberta Imperial Oil Place become Edmonton Academy Wings
Edmonton Academy Wings 2019 Edmonton, Alberta none unable to secure lease take spot of former Rosetown Jr. Red Wings as High Prairie Red Wings
Enoch Tomahawks 2019 Enoch, Alberta Enoch Recreation Centre renamed Northern Alberta Tomahawks
Hinton Wildcats 2019 Hinton, Alberta could not secure lease for 2019-20 and fold
Ottawa Sharpshooters 2018 Almonte Almonte Community Centre removed from league January 3, 2020 when ownership folded team.
Rosetown Jr. Red Wings 2019 Rosetown, Saskatchewan AGT Foods Centre relocated to High Prairie, Alberta then replaced by former Edmonton Academy Wings franchise as High Prairie Red Wings

Standings

North Division

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
Temiscaming Titans 42 33 8 1 298 193 67
Ville-Marie Pirates 42 29 10 3 275 187 61
Bradford Bulls 42 29 12 1 180 140 59
Bradford Rattlers 42 27 13 2 230 148 56
New Tecumseth Civics 42 25 15 2 224 160 52
Bancroft Rockhounds 42 22 19 1 181 172 45
Almaguin Spartans 42 18 21 3 191 218 39
West Nipissing Lynx 42 16 25 1 177 231 33
South Muskoka Shield 42 13 26 3 144 238 29
Knights of Meaford 42 12 29 1 149 204 25
Ottawa Sharpshooters 26
(28)
3 23
(25)
0 63 195
(201)
6

Note:Ottawa stats are prior to two games forfeited December 18 and 19, 2019 3-0 losses to Bradford Bulls and New Tecumseth. Numbers in parenthesis are considered official league stats

South Division

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
St. George Ravens 42 34 8 0 305 142 68
Niagara Whalers 42 30 10 2 264 132 62
North York Renegades 42 29 11 2 222 124 60
Kingsville Kings 42 28 11 3 207 165 59
Northumberland Stars 42 20 19 3 179 187 43
London Lakers 42 20 22 0 216 242 40
Durham Roadrunners 42 16 26 0 172 267 32
Windsor Aces 42 14 24 4 140 205 32
Tottenham Steam 42 9 30 3 135 278 21
Toronto Predators 42 8 32 2 117 229 18

West Division

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
Slave Lake Icedogs 42 24 12 6 239 191 54
High Prairie Red Wings 41 18 19 4 198 242 40
Northern Alberta Tomahawks 39 19 19 1 167 171 39

Russell Cup Playoffs

Format

All teams qualify. Teams are re-seeded after each round. Single elimination rounds are held until both conferences are down to 8 teams. The division quarterfinals are best-of-three. The division semifinals are best-of-five. The division final and Russell Cup final are best-of-seven.

The playoffs were suspended March 12th during the division final round.

North Preliminary Round 1

South Preliminary Round 1

West Preliminary Round

North Preliminary Round 2

South Preliminary Round 2

North Quarterfinals

South Quarterfinals

North Semifinals

South Semifinals

North Final

South Final

West Final

Had not started as of the time of the suspending of the playoffs.

References

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