With over 1,200 member families participating in our programs, the North Toronto Hockey Association has deep and important roots in our midtown district. Through sport, we celebrate the lessons of teamwork and leadership while reaching out to the rest of the city and beyond.
Our mission is to provide the youth of our community with a safe, fun and inclusive environment in which to learn, play and compete in ice hockey while promoting community bonds and a life-long love of hockey and participation in sport.
All of our programming is guided by the principles of integrity, inclusiveness, sportsmanship, honesty, respect, compassion, and fairness.
Dear North Toronto Hockey Families,
For the past 19 years, I have been involved in minor hockey as a volunteer in various capacities. The first 6 years I was coaching for other clubs, and then the past 13 years I have been with North Toronto as a GTHL coach, Board Member and now hockey parent. Once I joined NT, I could feel the difference, I felt like I was at home. This is how we want everyone to feel when they join our club, whether you’re a player, coach, parent, convener, official or just a fan. We want you to feel like you are part of the family and for this to be “Your Home for Hockey”.
Over the last 55 years, our hockey club has been woven into the cloth of the North Toronto community by providing hockey programming for players from 4-18 years old. We offer one of the most comprehensive programs available to minor hockey players anywhere in the country. None of this programming would be possible without the help of all of our amazing volunteers who work countless hours to make all of this happen.
Another fixture in the North Toronto community is North Toronto Arena. Eric Anweiler and his staff continue to amaze me at the extra care they take at making North Toronto Arena the best rink in the city. We are very proud and fortunate to call North Toronto Arena home. A big thank you goes out to Eric and the entire staff!
This year we saw how much hockey meant to our community with over 1000 Learn To Play and House League players that registered for a season that had so much uncertainty around it. In addition to the 1000 LTP & HL players, we had almost another 275 “A” and “AA” GTHL players register as well. Thus, making us one of the largest hockey clubs with the most passionate and committed families. I want to thank you for putting your trust in our hockey club. We will not let you down!
Typically, in late September / early October we would have been kicking off our 55th season of NT Hockey, but due to the public health situation, our governing body (the GTHL) has put hockey on pause until January. We know everyone is longing for the days of getting back to normal and back into the arena, we are no different. I want everyone to know, that during this pause our Board of Directors will be working tirelessly to make sure we are ready to go whenever we are given the green light to get back on the ice.
Please continue to check our website and follow our social media streams to make sure you are up to date.
For those that I have not yet met, I hope to meet you in person when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, my door is always open, and happy to talk hockey anytime! My contact information is below. Feel free to reach out to me anytime.
Rich Brewda, President
North Toronto Hockey Association
Claudio Tarulli: 2018-2020
Blair Robinson: 2017-2018
Chris Thompson: 2016-2017
Ben Hawkins: 2015-2016
Kathie Wood: 2014-2015
Doug Goodman: 2012-2014
Graham Lloyd: 2010-2012
Liz Ross: 2009-2010
John Kerr: 2008-2009
Steve Goodman: 2007-2008
Rich Hill: 2006-2007
Bruce Macpherson: 2005-2006
Chip Aikenhead: 2004-2005
Bruce Fowler: 2003-2004
Dan Morin: 2002-2003
Kathy Grant: 2001-2002
Tim Aikenhead: 2000-2001
Susan Krausz: 1999-2000
Pete Winnell: 1998-1999
Crawford Spratt: 1997-1998
Wally Palmer: 1996-1997
Bob Stark: 1995-1996
Elie Bendaly: 1994-1995
George Fowlie: 1992-1993
Gord Thompson: 1991-1992
Phil Walton : 1990-1991
Tim Moseley: 1989-1990
Peter Berry: 1988-1989
Eric Versteeg: 1987-1988
Joe Uyede: 1986-1987
Bob Bridel: 1985-1986
Ralph Selby: 1984-1985
Charlie Pielsticker: 1983-1984
Harvey Beresford: 1982-1983
Bill Porritt : 1981-1982
John Grieve: 1980-1981
Ross Kennedy: 1979-1980
Peter Sisam: 1978-1979
Paul Sapunjis: 1977-1978
Art Huycke: 1975-1977
Al Morson: 1974-1975
Greg Leishman: 1973-1974
Frank Clifton: 1971-1973
Lloyd Sutton: 1968-1971
Bruce Leeds: 1966-1968
The NTHA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, consisting of a President, Vice-President, Past-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Members-at-Large responsible for administering all the operations of the hockey association. Directors serve terms of 1 year and are elected at the Annual General Meeting usually held in June.
Rich Brewda, President
Blair Robinson, Vice-President
Claudio Tarulli, Past-President
Mike Bereskin, Treasurer
Joanne Weedmark, Secretary
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House League & Learn to Play Program: firstname.lastname@example.org
CDS Program: email@example.com
Select Program: firstname.lastname@example.org
GTHL Program: email@example.com
Head of Referees: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coaching Development: email@example.com
Alumni and Recognition: firstname.lastname@example.org
The history of North Toronto hockey goes back over a hundred years when frozen ponds and leather gloves were state of the art. In the top photo you can see members of a North Toronto junior team that won the 1914 championship of the Toronto Hockey League (a very early precursor to the modern Greater Toronto Hockey League). For decades, local youth and young adults participated in the THL where teams were formed and financed organically according to the availability of players and as much as world events — such as two World Wars and the Depression –would allow.
The massive baby boom and economic expansion which followed World War II greatly accelerated the uptake of hockey as all those new children and families needed to be kept busy! In 1965 a group of neighbourhood dads were inspired by the construction of the gleaming North Toronto Memorial Arena and knew that this was going to be the community’s new home for hockey. They formally established what is now known as the North Toronto Hockey Association and then, as now, the largest single program was House League. Over the years a very strong competitive program evolved and many NT teams have since won championships in both city and provincial competitions.
One of the early luminaries at North Toronto was John Gardner, who played at NT as a child and then volunteered as an adult. In 1980, John went on became the youngest President of the MTHL (the latest precursor to the GTHL) and served there for an incredible 35 years. Remarkably, John had no children of his own but he was passionate about the sport of hockey and dedicated his life to improving the game for everyone. The large function room at North Toronto Memorial Arena is named in his memory.
In 1985, the NTHA officially incorporated with the Province of Ontario as a registered non-profit organization and established a formal governance structure including an elected Board of Directors and audited financial reporting. It was around this time that the distinctive round button logo and the unmistakable red-green-white colour scheme was also formalized.
Through the 1990s and up to today, the NTHA has continued to grow the size and scope of its programming and today ranks as one of the largest and most complete minor hockey associations in the entire country, with 1,300 players enrolled in Learn to Play House League and 36 competitive “travel” teams across all age divisions. This feat is a real testament to the commitment and talent of local community because the NTHA is and always has been managed and operated by volunteers.
Since 1965, over 30,000 boys and girls have played for the Red, Green and White and many continue to return as adults to volunteer and to enroll their children in hockey.
And in 2018, one such player even returned to show off his Stanley Cup and share it with his first home for hockey. Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals started out as a Tyke in House League and played half a dozen seasons for NT competitive teams before moving on to the very highest levels of the sport. When asked about his time spent at North Toronto, Tom said: “This is the arena where I fell in love with the game of hockey. This is where I spent every day hoping I’d make it to the NHL. Walking through the doors you get all the memories of being a kid here.”
After 100 years, it is clear that the spirit of hockey in North Toronto has never been stronger or more vibrant. And although not every player may end up winning a Stanley Cup, the valuable memories and lessons and friendships gained at North Toronto will last a lifetime.
The Green Wall serves as a lasting tribute to those exceptional individuals who played the game or helped to deliver the programs here at NT. It is conveniently located beside the banquet room entrance on the way to the snack bar. Come by to have a look next time you’re at the arena.
|Honouree||Year Awarded||Honouree||Year Awarded|
|Kevin Gordon||1994||Bob Grant||2009|
|Kaye Marten||1995||Gord Ashworth||2010|
|Gord Thompson||1996||Chip Aikenhead||2011|
|Fred Bourgase||1997||Randy Heyd||2012|
|Art Pollack||1997||Rich Hill||2012|
|David Bluestein||1998||Nora Versteeg||2013|
|Peter Milligan||1999||Michael Koch||2016|
|Ken Romanada||2000||Rich Brewda||2016|
|Frank Newbould||2001||Buffy McGaw||2017|
|Bob Daggett||2002||Catherine Graham||2017|
|Eric Versteeg||2003||Lesley Thompson||2018|
|Bill McNeil||2004||John Mulder||2018|
|John Wesley||2004||Margo Longwell||2019|
|Al Crawford||2005||David Munro||2019|
|Honouree||Birth Year||Honouree||Birth Year|
|Eric Anweiler||Pre 1980||Jordan Allen||1998|
|John Martin||Pre 1980||Harrison Barford||1998|
|Mike Martin||Pre 1980||Mitch Binder||1998|
|Blaise Morin||1984||Alex Johnston||1998|
|Jake Aikenhead||1985||Charlie Low||1998|
|Ben Sutin||1986||Jamieson King||1998|
|Robbie Wighton||1987||Dylan Levy||1998|
|Alex Bruner||1987||Theo Sigel||1998|
|Brayden Irwin||1987||Jackson Sivec||1998|
|Charlie Spratt||1987||Chris Smithwick||1998|
|James Aikenhead||1987||Michael Trenton||1998|
|Geoff Goodman||1987||Mich Ward||1998|
|Kevin McKeown||1987||Jordan White||1998|
|Scott Taylor||1987||Brodie Thompson||1999|
|Charlie Aikenhead||1988||Graham Poole||1999|
|Justin Babin||1990||Joe Bartkiw||1999|
|John Sainsbury||1990||Aaden Rourke||2000|
|Nick Studley||1990||Joe Gibbery||2000|
|Graham Scott||1990||Jake Ellis||2000|
|Jared Sved||1990||Grant Elias||2000|
|Patrick Alton||1991||Matt Loduca||2000|
|Mark Cameron||1991||Joe Eisentraut||2000|
|Brett Cameron||1991||Yunis Ruken||2000|
|Cole Crawford||1991||Graydon Goodman||2000|
|Lucas McLaughlin||1992||Jamie Stephenson-Smith||2000|
|Keenan Crawford||1993||Connor Montgomery||2000|
|Andrew Kupfer||1993||Ben Belanger||2000|
|Erik Martin||1993||William Alimena||2000|
|Broidy Rondelet||1993||Tevi Mandel||2000|
|Luc Babin||1993||Ty Greenberg||2000|
|Kyle Wright||1993||Jack Lougheed||2000|
|Justin Friedlich||1993||Johnny Scace||2000|
GREEN WALL OF HONOUR – ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
The NTHA has been serving the North Toronto neighbourhood and surrounding communities since 1965. Our mission is to provide a safe and fun environment to learn, play and compete in youth hockey. The Green Wall of Honour serves as a lasting tribute to those exceptional individuals who played the game at NT or helped to deliver the programs here at NT.
The Green Wall of Honour is conveniently located beside the John Gardner Banquet Room on the way to the snack bar. The names of the award recipients will be added to The Green Wall of Honour to serve as a lasting legacy at the North Toronto Hockey Association.
Consistent with North Toronto Hockey Association’s mission of providing community hockey at recreational and competitive levels, the Association has created awards to recognize the loyalty of players who have played the majority of their career with North Toronto and retire from the GTHL wearing the North Toronto Jerseys.
Green Jersey Award Eligibility:
The Green Jersey Award is awarded to a player that has played NT Select and/or NT GTHL for at least 6 consecutive seasons culminating in their “retirement”. Or a player who plays Minor Atom to Midget and missed 1 year of Competitive, but remained at NTHA playing House League during that year (7 competitive years of the preceding 8).
Alumni Club Award Eligibility:
The Alumni Club Award is awarded to a player (who does not qualify for the Green Jersey Award) who played a minimum of 8 consecutive years in Houseleague, or a combination of NTHA Houseleague, Select, and/or GTHL. This period culminated in their “retirement”
For information on the volunteer of the year award and lifetime achievement award, please see above.
Let us Know!
If you are, or you know someone who may be eligible, please have them contact Greenwall@NThockey.ca. Please provide as much information in your email as possible. Please make sure to include the following: Person’s name, birth year, what level they played at (HL, Select or GTHL), which award they are eligible for and your last coach’s name. All eligible applicants will be reviewed by the NTHA Board of Directors to verify qualifications