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Leaside Hockey: It’s playoff time!

The Flames Minor Peewee A team finished 1st in their division and won the GTHL Kraft Cup.

The Flames Minor Peewee A team finished 1st in their division and won the GTHL Kraft Cup.

Around the North York Hockey League…

The Leaside Hockey Association website states, “Leaside hockey is about more than winning and losing, it is about community.” This was very evident at the recent 27th Annual Leaside Select Invitational Tournament. With 116 teams and 2,000 athletes participating, the Leaside Arena was buzzing. And Leaside teams did do some winning, 18 of the 29 participating teams advanced to the finals, with 9 Leaside teams being crowned tournament champions. Congratulations!

Around the GTHL…

Minor Bantam Select player Nigel Vickery takes a shot at the home tournament. Photo By Gary Toporoski.

Minor Bantam Select player Nigel Vickery takes a shot at the home tournament. Photo By Gary Toporoski.

The Leaside Flames field 13 competitive hockey teams in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) from Minor Atom (age 9) to Midget (age 16-17). This season, 12 of 13 teams have made it to the playoffs. Collectively, these 13 teams have a regular season record of 300 wins, 110 losses and 53 ties. A special congratulations goes to the Minor Peewee A team and the Minor Midget A team, both who finished in first place in their respective divisions to be awarded the coveted Kraft Cup. At a special ceremony held on February 26, both teams were presented with their trophy. The Minor Bantam A Leaside Flames by virtue of earning the highest number of regular season points of any Leaside Flames GTHL team, will be awarded the LHA President’s Trophy.

Minor Bantam A will be awarded the LHA President’s Trophy.

Minor Bantam A will be awarded the LHA President’s Trophy.

And in Leaside Girls hockey…

Be sure to drop by the Leaside arena the weekend of March 10th, as the Toronto Leaside Wildcats host their 38th Annual March Madness Girls’ hockey tournament. Founded in 1974, the Leaside Wildcats are the largest girls’ hockey association in Ontario with over 1600 participants.

Minor Peewee AA Leaside Flames finished 2nd in the GTHL regular season.

Minor Peewee AA Leaside Flames finished 2nd in the GTHL regular season.