your home for hockey

About North Toronto

“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.”
–Wayne Gretzky

Your home for hockey!

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.

Mission & Values

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.

President's Desk

A Message from Claudio Tarulli, President

Dear North Toronto Hockey families,

During these unprecedented times, we and our children all yearn for a return to those activities and relationships that sustain and enrich our lives.  When that time comes, our hockey club will be ready to provide the youth of this community with the best hockey programming available.  Whether you’re returning to North Toronto or may be joining us for the first time, I want to welcome you to our community’s home for hockey – the North Toronto Hockey Association.

For over 50 years, the NTHA has provided many thousands of players with what we consider to be one of the most complete and high-quality minor hockey development programs in the country. We have well over 1,000 players registered in our programs including: Learn to Play, House League, 20 CDS and Select teams. NT is also one of the very few clubs in the GTHL to offer a full slate of 18 “A” and “AA” teams across all age divisions! Our mission is to provide every one of those players with a safe, fun environment to learn, play and compete in ice hockey using best practices and strategic partnerships to promote a life-long love of hockey and participation in sport.

This is an exciting time for our hockey club as we continue to implement the Hockey Canada Initiation Program guidelines into our House League and competitive programs for our younger players. While the most visible aspect of these changes involves the use of cross-ice and half-ice configurations, it’s the non-visible benefits to players that really merit attention. Modified-ice practices and game play dramatically increase player participation in hockey on all measures such as skating (acceleration, balance, turning, stopping), puck handling (carrying, passing, shooting), and hockey I.Q (reading, reacting, creativity and contact). And it’s just more fun with more ice time, more goals, and fewer stoppages in play.

Introduced in 2018, our Competitive Development Stream program is a resounding success and has expanded to include teams from the Scarborough Hockey Association and Don Mills Civitan House League. Developed and run in partnership with our neighbour clubs, we offer competitive-minded 6-8 year-old players with all the benefits of the Initiation Programming outlined above with the benefits of playing exclusively on rinks within our local Toronto communities.

Many of you will also notice a few upgrades to our House League program including new uniform designs, an expanded music program and special events and activities throughout the season.

Our competitive teams in both Select and GTHL also continue to excel and this past season, 17 out of our 18 GTHL teams made the playoffs! This success is a result of the dedication to excellence exhibited by our players and expected by our coaches.

Absolutely none of this programming would be possible without the dedication and commitment of our community volunteers. Whether on the Board, the bench or behind-the-scenes, we thank all coaches, managers and convenors for the amazing work they do.

We look forward to serving you next season.

Sincerely,

Claudio Tarulli
President, North Toronto Hockey Association
president@nthockey.ca

Past Presidents

Claudio Tarulli: 2018-Present
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

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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.

Current Executive:

Claudio Tarulli, President
Rich Brewda, Vice-President
Blair Robinson, Past-President
Mike Bereskin, Treasurer
Joanne Weedmark, Secretary

NTHA MEMBER CODE OF CONDUCT

Please review our Code of Conduct to ensure compliance for both you and your child.

Read full Code of Conduct

DISCIPLINE & DISPUTE RESOLUTION

We take the safety of our community seriously. Please review our policies on discipline and dispute resolution.

CONTACT

President – NTHA: president@nthockey.ca
Registration: registrar@nthockey.ca
House League & Learn to Play Program: hl@nthockey.ca
CDS/Select Program: select@nthockey.ca
GTHL Program: gthl@nthockey.ca
Head of Referees: referee@nthockey.ca
Sponsorship: sponsorship@nthockey.ca
Coaching Development: coachingdevelopment@nthockey.ca
Volunteers: volunteer@nthockey.ca
Alumni and Recognition: greenwall@nthockey.ca

A HIGHLIGHT!

Lord Stanley visits North Toronto carried by one of our own!

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North Toronto Hockey

Guided by integrity, sportsmanship, honesty, respect, compassion, and fairness.

Ties to the past

NT: 100 Years of History

North Toronto Champions, 1914
North Toronto Hockey in the 1920s
North Toronto Bantams 1931 Rectangle
Bantams in 1931
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1964, before the indoor arena was built.

The history of North Toronto hockey goes back over a hundred years, using ponds and hand-made natural-ice rinks with boards. 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) permitted.

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 state-the-art North Toronto Arena and formally established what is now known as the North Toronto Hockey Association. Then, as now, the largest single program was House League and it has always been the foundation of the NTHA. But over the years a very strong competitive program evolved and many NT teams have regularly won championships in city and provincial competitions.

One of the early luminaries at North Toronto was John Gardner, who played at NT as a child and volunteered as an adult. Then in 1980 he 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 country, with almost 1,000 players enrolled in Learn to Play and House League programming and over 34 competitive “travel” teams across all age divisions. This feat is a real testament to the commitment and talent our community has brought to youth hockey because NTHA is and always has been a volunteer-managed and operated organization.

Since 1965, over 30,000 boys and girls in our community 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 us his Stanley Cup and share it with his first home for hockey — the North Toronto Hockey Association!

Celebrating our Community

Alumni & Recognition

The Green Wall of Honour

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.

Volunteer of the Year
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
Lorne Gorman 2006
Tim Aikenhead 2007
Kathy Grant 2007
Crawford Spratt 2008
Doug Lamb 2008
Lifetime Achievement Award
Honouree Year Awarded
Kathie Wood 2017
Chris Thompson 2018
Doug Goodman 2019
Green Jersey Award Names
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
Evan Lee 1993
Michael Parker 1993
Cameron Ross 1993
Christian Barker 1994
Nick Benseller 1994
Trevor Donoahue 1994
Michael Gracie 1994
Chris Masotti 1994
Thomas Purdy 1994
Thomas Corey 1995
Gardiner Goodman 1995
Cole Kay-Meltzer 1995
Liam Kehoe 1995
Matthew Mikelberg 1995
Reid Paxton 1995
Levi Tobe 1995
Graeme White 1995
Tim Clifford 1996
Clark Devins 1996
Sean Eylott 1996
Lukas Heslip 1996
Ryan Irwin 1996
Alex Kellerman 1996
Aaron Koch 1996
Matt McKinlay 1996
Jamie Moore 1996
Luc Babin 1997
Bradley Carlin 1997
Jeffrey Carlin 1997
Sam Cook 1997
Cameron Donoahue 1997
Luke Evans 1997
Will Goodman 1997
Gill Hawkins 1997
Jed Heakes-Badour 1997
Gregory Marks 1997
Riley Osborne 1997
Jake Peltier 1997
Mark Tamberg 1997
Jared Wineberg 1997
Jonah Wood 1997
Alumni Award
Honouree Birth Year
Sean Donoahue 1992
Sam Howorth 1992
Danny Babin 1993
Jake Howorth 1993
Adam Martin 1993
Damon Carrington 1995
Duncan Fitzhenry 1995
Cameron Martin 1997
Peter McLeod 1997
Alexander McLeod 1999
Ty Mendelson 1999
Jacob Goldbach 1999
Liam Bullock 1999
Mitchell Ivens 1999
Colin Mullaly 1999
Henry Stevenson 1999
Jason Sauntry 1999
Noah Tate 2000
Andrea Pallotta 2000
Cameron McMillan 2000
Eligibility Criteria

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

Keeping us Running

Our Sponsors

As with volunteers, our programs would be nearly impossible to run without the generous financial support of the businesses and individuals in our community. Please ensure that we reward them with our patronage whenever possible.

We’ll be updating this section with our 2020/21 season sponsors shortly. Stay tuned!

We’d love to hear from you

Contact Info

President – NTHA: president@nthockey.ca
Registration: registrar@nthockey.ca
House League & Learn to Play Program: hl@nthockey.ca
CDS/Select Program: select@nthockey.ca
GTHL Program: gthl@nthockey.ca
Head of Referees: referee@nthockey.ca
Sponsorship: sponsorship@nthockey.ca
Coaching Development: coachingdevelopment@nthockey.ca
Volunteers: volunteer@nthockey.ca
Alumni and Recognition: greenwall@nthockey.ca