News and Announcements

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The Government of Ontario announced today new temporary restrictions as the province moves to a modified Stage Two of the Roadmap to Reopen.

The time-limited Public Health measures include the pause of indoor sports which are not permitted for a period of at least 21 days beginning on January 5, 2022 at 12:01am. These dates are subject to trends in public health and other health system indicators. As a result, Greater Toronto Hockey League organizations, teams, and players at all levels (House League, Select, ‘A,’ ‘AA,’ and ‘AAA’) cannot participate in any indoor activities. Indoor sports facilities, as with the pause of indoor sports, are closed up to and including at least January 26.

Due to the temporary restrictions, the GTHL Top Prospects Game powered by Under Armour, scheduled to take place on January 13, 2022, will be postponed. The new date for the event will be announced when the time-limited measures are to be lifted.

The GTHL Board of Directors will continue to work with local Public Health agencies, municipalities, and facility operators in order to return to hockey as safely as possible once the restrictions are lifted.

On December 31, the GTHL announced that effective January 2 up to and including January 12, all on-ice activities were to be paused due to Public Health advice and uncertainty created around changing regulations. This pause will remain in place until at least January 12.

The GTHL continues to have every intention of completing its regular season schedule following the lifting of provincial restrictions. The League will be working over the coming weeks to coordinate how the complete regular season may be accomplished.

Among the restrictions announced, a provision that businesses must operate remotely where possible was included. As a result, the GTHL Office will also be closed at the end of the business day on Tuesday, January 4. All staff will be working remotely until this restriction is lifted.

The GTHL recognizes the many ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to appreciate the understanding, support, and cooperation displayed by League Members and membership.

Remaining active while safely supporting local communities is encouraged during these difficult times. Regular physical activity, volunteering, and acts of kindness are proven to improve mental health in people of all ages. For more information on mental health and wellbeing resources, visit: www.GTHLCanada.com/mental-health-supports/

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North York Rangers are proud to announce that our U 10 team, led by Head Coach Peter Sarno, won their second tournament in as many weeks, coming out on top in winning the JRC Cup.

The team went undefeated (again), meeting the host team JRC in the final. The final score in the final game was 5-1 for the Rangers.

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Congratulations!

Our U10 team, led by Head Coach, Peter Sarno, went undefeated, 7-0 to capture the Whitby International Silver Stick Tournament held on November 25-28, 2021. The team scored an impressive 84 goals while only letting in 8 goals during the tournament.

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The North York Rangers organization is extremely proud of numerous teams in their season. The Rangers U16 and U18 teams claimed the Clash in YGK title at Kingston, Ont., held last weekend (October 29 – 31).
The U18 squad only dropped one game the entire tournament while outscoring their opponents 18-5 in the games. After going 3-1 in pool play, the team advanced to the semifinals. They dominated the host team in the Greater Kingston Jr Gaels and went to edge out the Don Mills Flyers 2-1 in the final.
Forward Ty Wilson led the team posting a game-high five goals and seven points during the six-game tournament followed by Kei Hagiwara, recording four goals and two assists in the six games.

When it comes to the U16 Rangers squad, they went through all competitions that were placed before them. North York defeated Kitchener Rangers, Toronto Young Nations, Toronto Red Wings and the Central Ontario Wolves while outscoring them 14-4. Like the U18 squad, the Rangers battled the Greater Kingston Jr. Gaels. They took the Jr., Gaels 5-2 and followed it up with a 2-0 shutout victory over the Toronto Red Wings.
Centre Kieron Walton led the team posting a game-high six goals and nine points during the six-game tournament. Fellow Christopher Brown also recorded a team-high six assists.

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The North York Rangers organization is pleased to congratulate, U16 players Brayden Gillespie, Spencer Hughes and Michael Cesario for being drafted in the 2021 Online OHL Priority Selection this past weekend.

“I am extremely proud of these three athletes having been selected this past weekend in the OHL draft. They’re all amazing coachable young men that have great families supporting them. I look forward to watching their progress in the future,” NYR U16 head coach Rob Miwa said. “I am also very pleased for the North York Rangers organization being recognized for having a development first, bigger picture approach which ultimately prepares all their young athletes for the next level!”

Brayden Gillespie – Goalie
Selected in the 11th round, #207 overall by the Guelph Storm
Height: 5’10
Hometown: Oakville, Ont.
“Brayden is an elite multi-sport athlete that also excels at baseball. Already has a ‘pro’ mentality towards his craft with an elite and consistent work ethic,” head coach Rob Miwa stated. “Very athletic goaltender that will have a long career in front of him at the highest levels.” The goalie has been with the organization the last two-years and can not wait to get started with the Storm.
“I am so excited, proud and honoured to have been drafted by the Guelph Storm of the OHL,” Gillespie said. “I would like to thank my family, teammates, advisor, goalie trainers and North York Ranger coaches for all of their help/support. I can’t wait to get started with Guelph!”

Spencer Hughes – Forward
Selected in the 13th round, #248 overall by the Mississauga Steelheads
Height: 5’10
Hometown: Mississauga, Ont.
“Spencer is a dynamic skilled forward. A great skater that has elite athletic agility and quickness to compliment his puck handling abilities. He is a great teammate and very coachable,” head coach Miwa said. Hughes joined the Rangers organization after spending the previous two-years with the Mississauga Rebels. The forward is ready to work with his hometown team.
“I am very honoured to be selected by the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL. I want to thank my teammates, Coach Rob, and the rest of the coaching staff for helping my hockey development and pushing me to be a better player and person,” Hughes stated. “I’m grateful to have finished my minor hockey with the North York Rangers. This is not where the hard work stops, it’s where it begins. Can’t wait to get started!”

Michael Cesario – Forward
Selected in 15th round, #291 overall by the Windsor Spitfires
Height: 5’11
Hometown: Mississauga, Ont.

“Mikey is the ‘Rocky Balboa’ of the group with a never quit attitude. Very high work ethic and is a strong 200 foot player which makes him very difficult to play against,” head coach Miwa explained. The forward has been with the Rangers organization for the last two-years and is ready for the opportunity.
“It has been a true honour to play for the 2005 North York Rangers AAA team and I feel really proud to have represented such an incredible organization. I want to thank all of my teammates and coaching staff for their support. I would especially like to thank Coach Rob Miwa for believing in me and providing me with the opportunity to play for the organization,” Cesario said. “Being drafted into the OHL by the Windsor Spitfires would not have been possible without him. It is a dream come true. Coach Rob’s dedication to my development as a player and growth as a person over the last few years has been life-changing for me. I will continue to represent the North York Rangers organization as my journey continues and am pumped and excited for what the future has to hold.”