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Greater Metro Junior A
Hockey League
Founded 2006
No. of teams 23
Recent Champions Ville-Marie Pirates (2019)
Most successful club Bradford Rattlers (3)

The Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League is an independent Junior "A" ice hockey league. They were founded in 2006.


In revolt to Hockey Canada's Canadian Development Model and their banning of European players below the Major Junior level, the GMHL was founded with seven teams during the fall of 2006. The original teams were the Bradford Rattlers, Deseronto Thunder, King Wild, Nipissing Alouettes, Richmond Hill Rams, South Muskoka Shield, and Toronto Canada Moose.

In five years of operation, the league had doubled in size. Bradford won the league playoffs in 2007 and 2008, South Muskoka won in 2009, Deseronto won it in 2010, and 2007 expansion team Elliot Lake Bobcats took home the Russell Cup in 2011.

As of 2011, five of the original teams are still in operation: Bradford, Deseronto (now called the Storm), King (now known as the Lefroy Wave), South Muskoka, and Toronto. Nipissing and Richmond Hill both folded after three seasons, but Nipissing was replaced in 2010 by the Sturgeon Falls Lumberjacks in their hometown.

The league had boasted two teams of foreigner-only teams, Russians on the Shelburne Red Wings (2010-2014) and Americans on the Orangeville Americans (2011-2015). Hockey Canada and the GMHL have always been at odds. In 2007-08, Hockey Canada initiated a policy of a quarantine system on players, officials, and coaches involved with the GMHL. In the Summer of 2008, this was investigated by the Canadian Government and deemed illegal. Despite this, intimidation has persisted. During the 2010-11 season, this situation grew extreme in Shelburne and resulted in the Mayor of Shelburne forcing a sitdown between the town, Hockey Canada, and the GMHL.

As of September 2011, the league is operating in its sixth season with fourteen active franchises and two dormant franchises set to operate in 2012.

For 2015-16, the league is scheduled to have 34 franchises including 11 expansion teams and two teams on hiatus.

In late October or early November 2015 the Brantford Steelfighters folded.

On March 9, 2016 the league president announced that the Bobcaygeon Storm, Coldwater Falcons, Grey County Grizzlies, and Haliburton Wolves would no longer be members of the league.

On March 11, 2017 the league announced the addition of the Ville-Marie Pirates to the league for the 2017-18 season.

On August 31, 2017 the league announced that the Parry Sound Islanders were taking a leave of absence for the 2017-18 and would be able to return to the league for 2018-19.[1] On November 22, 2017 the league announced the Fergua Force were removed from the league and would not be allowed to return for the 2018-19 season.[2]

On April 13, 2018 the league announced the addition of the Ottawa Sharpshooters who were formerly members of the Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League.[3]

The South Muskoka Shield would relocate from Gravenhurst to Port Carling, Ontario for the 2018-19 season

The Wiarton Schooners were removed from the schedule on November 19, 2018. The franchise had been terminated without option for return.[4]

In March of 2019 postings on the St. George Ravens twitter page indicated that Tilsonburg was forced to forfeit games 3 and 4 of their semifinal playoff series due to a lack of players caused by food poisoning.[5] Later reports indicated the team may have in fact folded.[6]

On January 23, 2019 the league announced the addition of the Bancroft Rockhounds, which will be based out of the North Hastings Community Centre in Bancroft, Ontario.[7][8]  The team will start play with the 2019-20 season.

On June 13, 2019 it was announced that the Western Provinces Hockey Association teams that had been previously affiliated with the Western States Hockey League for the 2018-19 season would become affiliated with the GMHL and form the GMHL's Western Division.[9]  By early July the WSHL had two teams, the Edson Aeros and Meadow Lake Mustangs that had opted stay with the WSHL and announced the formation of new teams in Cold Lake[10] and Hinton, Alberta[11][12],  The previous teams in those towns apparently left a trail of unpaid bills [13]

On June 18, 2019 the South Muskoka Shield announced that they would be relocating again for the 2019-20 season. They will be based out of the Bracebridge Memorial Arena.[14]

On June 21, 2019 the GMHL announced that the Niagara-on-the-Lake Nationals were folding ahead of the 2019-20 season.[15]

On August 7, 2019 the Tilsonburg Hurricanes announced they were taking a leave of absence for the 2019-20 season.[16]

The Oshawa Riverkings were sold and rebranded as the Durham Roadrunners prior to the 2019-20 season.

On January 3, 2020 the league announced that the Ottawa Sharpshooters were removed from the league schedule "due to the ownership folding their operation"[17]

On May 10, 2021, the Toronto Predators announced they were relocating to the Meridian Credit Union Arena in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario for the 2021-22 season and will be renamed the Niagara-on-the-Lake Predators.[18]


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 Gravenhurst Centennial Centre
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
Niagara-on-the-Lake Predators 2013 Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario Meridian Credit Union Arena
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

2019-20 Relocated, 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

Former Teams

Team Centre Joined Exited Status
Algoma Avalanche Thessalon, Ontario 2009 2012 Folded
Alliston Coyotes Alliston 2013 2016 renamed New Tecumseth Civics when sold
Bobcaygeon Bucks Bobcaygeon, Ontario 2007 2014 Joined CIHL
Bobcaygeon Storm Bobcaygeon, Ontario 2015 2016 Membership revoked
Bracebridge Blues Bracebridge, Ontario 2014 2016 removed from schedule mid-season
Bracebridge Phantoms Bracebridge, Ontario 2012 2014 renamed Bracebridge Blues
Brantford Steelfighters Brantford, Ontario 2015 2015 Membership revoked, folded mid-season
Brock Bucks Beaverton 2008 2011 become Bobcaygeon Bucks
Cambridge Bears Cambridge, Ontario 2014 2015 On hiatus
Colborne Chiefs Cramahe, Ontario 2015 2016 renamed Northumberland Stars when team sold
Coldwater Falcons Coldwater, Ontario 2015 2016 Membership revoked
Deseronto Thunder Deseronto, Ontario 2006 2007 renamed Deseronto Storm
Deseronto Storm Deseronto, Ontario 2007 2012 Joined EBJCHL
Douro Dukes Ennismore 2007 2008 become Brock Bucks
Elliot Lake Bobcats Elliot Lake, Ontario 2007 2012 Joined NOJHL
Espanola Kings Espanola, Ontario 2007 2009 Folded
Grey County Grizzlies Grey County
(Grey Highlands)
2015 2015 Folded mid-season
Grey Highlands Bravehearts Markdale, Ontario 2014 2016 relocate to Wiarton and renamed Wiarton Rock
Haliburton Wolves Haliburton, Ontario 2015 2016 Membership revoked
Halton Ravens Burlington 2013 2016 become St. George Ravens
Innisfil Lakers Innisfil, Ontario 2007 2010 Folded
Jamestown Jets Jamestown, New York 2010 2011 Lost arena, folded
King Wild King City 2006 2010 become Vaughan Wild
Komoka Dragons Komoka, Ontario 2015 2016 Folded mid-season
Lefroy Wave Innisfil 2011 2014 moved to Markdale, Ontario and renamed Grey Highlands Bravehearts
Lincoln Mavericks Beamsville, Ontario 2016 2016 Folded mid-season
Mattawa Voyageurs Mattawa 2011 2014 relocated to South River and become Almaguin Spartans
Minden Riverkings Minden Hills, Ontario 2008 2009 Folded
Nipissing Alouettes Sturgeon Falls, Ontario 2006 2009 Folded
Norfolk Vikings Simcoe 2015 2016 Folded
Ontario Lightning Rams Richmond Hill, Ontario 2008 2009 Folded
Orangeville Ice Crushers Orangeville 2011 2017 suspend operations mid-season
Orangeville Americans Orangeville 2011 2015 renamed Orangeville Ice Crushers when sold
Oro-Medonte 77's Guthrie, Ontario 2008 2011 Folded
Powassan Dragons Powassan 2009 2011 renamed Powassan Eagles
Powassan Eagles Powassan 2012 2014 become Parry Sound Islanders
Rama Aces Rama, Ontario 2012 2015 Folded
Richmond Hill Rams Richmond Hill, Ontario 2006 2008 renamed Ontario Lightning Rams
Seguin Huskies Seguin Township, Ontario 2013 2018 fold
Shelburne Red Wings Shelburne, Ontario 2010 2014 Sold; take year off; renamed Shelburne Stars
Shelburne Stars Shelburne, Ontario 2015 2016 renamedShelburne Sharks
Shelburne Sharks Shelburne, Ontario 2015 2016 fold prior to commencing play
Sturgeon Falls Lumberjacks Sturgeon Falls 2010 2016 withdrew late in season; renamed West Nipissing Lynx
Tamworth Cyclones Tamworth, Ontario 2007 2009 Folded
Temiscaming Royals Temiscaming, Quebec 2007 2008 Joined NOJHL
Toronto Blue Ice Jets Thornhill 2013 2016 Folded
Toronto Canada Moose Thornhill 2006 2013 renamed Toronto Blue Ice Jets
Vaughan Stars Vaughan, Ontario 2011 2011 Membership revoked
Vaughan Wild Vaughan, Ontario 2011 2012 become Lefroy Wave
Ville-Marie Dragons Ville-Marie 2008 2010 fold mid-season; revived as Powassan Dragons
Wiarton Rock Wiarton 2006 2016 folded mid-season
Wiarton Schooners Wiarton 2017 2017 folded mid-season, return for 2018-19
Wiarton Schooners Wiarton 2018 2018 franchise revoked November 19, 2018

Awarded teams that never played


  • 2007 Bradford Rattlers
  • 2008 Bradford Rattlers
  • 2009 South Muskoka Shield
  • 2010 Deseronto Storm
  • 2011 Elliot Lake Bobcats
  • 2012 Sturgeon Falls Lumberjacks
  • 2013 Bradford Rattlers
  • 2014 Bradford Bulls
  • 2015 Temiscaming Titans
  • 2016 Tottenham Steam
  • 2017 Niagara Whalers
  • 2018 Almaguin Spartans
  • 2019 Ville-Marie Pirates
  • 2020 Playoffs cancelled prior to final round
  • 2021 Playoffs cancelled (High Prairie Red Wings win Western Division playoffs)
  • 2022 Temiscaming Titans (East), High Prairie Red Wings (West)


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