The MHL offers hockey at five different skill levels: “A”, Red, White, Blue and Green. “Gold” hockey also exists at the Minor Novice and Novice levels. These levels ensure that hockey is available to every youngster in the City of Mississauga.
There are currently 6 community Area Associations who are members of the MHL. Each season, these Associations enter over 300 teams that play an average of 225 games per week across City of Mississauga arenas.
History, hockey and amalgamation go hand in hand with Applewood Hockey Association. Cawthra Park was established in 1977 with the merger of Cawthra Hockey and Applewood Hockey. The first president was Edo Visentin with immediate past presidents, Dan Stone (Cawthra) and Hal Howard (Applewood). The last president was Myrtle Carson.
In the 1970-1971 hockey season, Cawthra Hockey was formed when Lyndwood Hockey and Lakeview Hockey merged. Games and practices were held on half ice at the Dixie Arena which was located off Dundas Street.
Lakeview Hockey was started by Bill Buss, in the then Toronto Township League, who dedicated his personal time to coach and manage thirteen teams. Applewood honours his memory with the Annual Bill Buss Spring Invitational Tournament. Dixie Hockey was established in 1949 and merged with Burnhamthorpe Hockey in 1951-1952. We have little information on Burnhamthorpe Hockey other than its merger with Dixie Hockey.
There have been a number of players from these associations who continued their hockey into the pro ranks. Tom McCarthy played Novice at Dixie and went on to play for the Minnesota North Stars. For those who grew up in the Dixie area, many may recall the Stanfield brothers, an unusual feat in itself that four brothers played pro hockey. Freddie played for the Chicago Black Hawks and Boston Bruins, Jimmy for the Spokane Chiefs and L.A. Kings, Jackie for the Chicago Black Hawks and then the Dallas/ Houston Aeros and finally, Vic who played in Germany for 13 years.
Applewood’s current President is Mark Zizek.
For more information regarding Applewood Hockey, please visit their website, www.applewoodhockey.on.ca.
The Erindale Hockey Association believes in the “athlete centred” approach to teaching the game of hockey. Our #1 priority is to ensure our athletes have fun and develop to the best of their ability, both on and off the ice. Respect for others and fairplay are two key values of the association. The most important element in developing athletes is to provide them with qualified coaches who create a positive learning environment with lots of enthusiastic encouragement.
Erindale has two key objectives: to provide the maximum opportunity for all children in Mississauga between 5 and 19 years of age to participate in hockey ; and to foster the development of hockey and life skills in a positive environment that encourages teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play. The development of our players and coaches is fundamental in achieving these objectives.
Programs and Initiatives
The development of our players begins with the Hockey Canada’s Initiation Program (IP). The IP is known as “Hockey for the fun of it.” The objective is to teach the fundamentals of hockey, fitness, and fair play in a fun environment. One of the important elements of the Initiation Program is the development of self-esteem and self-confidence of the players as they progress through the program. In addition to the Initiation Program, Erindale offers players 8 – 11 years of age a skills development hockey school that also focuses on the fundamentals of hockey in a non-competitive environment.
Erindale actively encourages and supports the continuing education of coaches through in-house coaching clinics and the CHA National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), or the National Trainers Certification Program (NTCP). All house league Head Coaches in Erindale must be certified at the “Coach Level” and all “A” team Head Coaches at the “Intermediate Level” under the NCCP. As well, Erindale strongly encourages all coaches to obtain their Trainers Certificate. IP Instructors must also be certified under the NCCP at the “Initiation Program” level.
The Erindale Hockey Association was formed in 1946 by Mr. Wally Oughtred and his brother Gord. The Oughtred family is an old and established Mississauga family. Erindale’s sweater colours, double blue and red, have a long history. During World War II Mr. Oughtred was with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and he was stationed at Cap-De-La-Madeleine near Trois Rivieres, Quebec. He was a member of the Air Force Hockey Team and was very proud and fond of their hockey uniform, particularly the sweater in the RCAF colours, double blue and red.
While with the RCAF Wally was transferred back to Ontario. His sweater, instead of remaining behind with the rest of his equipment “accidentally” fell into his open kit bag where it wasn’t discovered until he arrived home in Erindale. After leaving the Air Force, Wally and Gord formed the very first Erindale Hockey Team to play in an Intermediate league. He wore his RCAF hockey sweater to the practices and it was admired by the rest of the team so much that they adopted it as the Erindale sweater. Today the Erindale logo includes the famous RAF Spitfire. The RAF Spitfire became famous during the Battle of Britain, July 10 – October 31, 1940 and symbolizes skill, determination, and a never quit attitude, the very attributes that Erindale Hockey strives to instill in its players and coaches.
Erindale’s current President is Ted Varty.
For more information regarding Erindale Hockey, please visit their website, www.erindalehockey.com.
The Mississauga Hockey League’s newest community Association officially launched April 1, 2017. The Heartland Dragons Hockey Association provides minor hockey development and competition for boys and girls 4 to 20 years of age. The Association is based out of Mississauga’s Valley Community Centre and the Hershey Centre and will begin accepting player registrations for all ages and all levels of House League play beginning May 2017.
Based on the 2016-2017 strong merger between two well-respected and historic organizations, Credit Valley Minor Hockey Association and Cooksville Minor Hockey Association, the Heartland Dragons offer an exciting new season for 2017-2018 with over 700 players on more than forty teams.
The Heartland Dragons Hockey Association provides a comprehensive House League and highly competitive Representative ”A” program that will play as one of the six member associations of the Mississauga Hockey League.
Join the Dragons Hockey for Fun, Fitness, and Friendship
Additional information is available at www.HeartlandDragons.ca
The Phantom Wolves (now the Heartland Dragons) were created for the 2016-2017 hockey season, and represented a merger of the Cooksville Phantoms and the Credit Valley Wolves.
The Cooksville Hockey Association initially began in 1945-46 as the Cooksville Athletic Club and later changed to the Cooksville Sports Club. The club was founded by Jack Belleghem, Albert Belford, Jim Newman, Gordon Harris, Charlie Copeland, Carson Crothers and Jim Kingsbury.
There was no local league at that time, so the one team, a Minor Midget team, coached by “TAIT” Courtney, was entered into the Toronto Hockey League. The following season, they were able to enter four teams into the T.H.L., but in 1947 the T.T.H.L. (now the M.H.L.) was formed and now we had teams playing in a league in our own area.
In the early 50’s the Sports Club became the Cooksville Hockey Association with Dr. A.W. Wood as its president. Art was responsible for the design and introduction of the mouthguard into minor hockey. He manufactured them and insisted that Cooksville teams wear them. This was in 1954 and by 1961 the league made the wearing of mouth protection mandatory. This mouth guard evolved into the face protection now worn throughout the world.
In 1967 the M.H.L. requested the areas to adopt Association colours and Cooksville took the colours of the local high school, the burgundy and white, which are still worn today.
The Pre-Tyke Hockey School began in 1976 with Brian Wright as the Head Coach and still offers skating and skill development for five and six year olds. In 1988, the “New Concept” teams were given to the areas and Cooksville adopted the NAVAJO as their “A” level. In 2003 the Association changed the “A” level name from NAVAJO to the Phantoms.
M.H.L. Hall of Fame members from Cooksville are “Marsh’ Marshall, Jack Belleghem, Dr. A.W. Wood, Al Hicks, Ed Hobley and the late Joe Brooks. At the end of last season, Frank Schryver was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his valued contributions to hockey in Mississauga. Bob Sicinski played his minor hockey with Cooksville before turning pro by joining the Chicago Cougars of the W.H.A. in 1970-71.
Cooksville’s current President is Dan Tanaka and Dan is also the inaugural President of the Phantom Wolves, now the Heartland Dragons.
In 2005-06, the Credit Valley Wolves Hockey Association evolved from the Malton Minor Hockey Association, that had been founded in 1949. The first MMHA executive consisted of Alex MacPherson, Ron MacNeil, Don Williams and Jack Weech. All of the interest and hard work over the years by the numerous Malton citizens paid off handsomely, as thousands of boys participated and benefited from the competitive spirit and comraderie of minor hockey.
Credit Valley’s inaugural, and final, President was Robert Day.
For more information regarding Heartland Dragons Hockey, please visit http://heartlanddragons.com/.
The Lorne Park Clarkson Hockey Association was established at the end of the 2015-2016 hockey season and represents a merger of the Clarkson Hockey Association (the Hurricanes) and the Lorne Park Hockey Association (the Ojibwa).
The Lorne Park Hockey Association is one of the founding associations of the Mississauga Hockey League (formerly the Toronto Township Hockey League). The association, itself, originated in late 1944 as a hockey club within the Lorne Park Community Association. Its founder and president for the first eighteen years following its formation was Lyman Chapman. He was a dynamic and innovative person who insisted on only the best effort from all of the people around him.
Besides his knowledge of hockey organization, he recognized a need for safety equipment. This is what led him to the development and fabrication of the first goaltender facemasks. The year was 1955, a full four years before the National Hockey League saw the introduction of similar equipment. By 1956, Lyman had equipped each of his goaltenders with his own custom fabricated mask and facial injuries became a thing of the past.
The forest green and gold colours of Lorne Park predate the association. They were the corporate colours of A.E. Rule Construction, a business whose owner lived in Lorne Park. Albert Rule, the owner, was one of the first persons approached by Lyman Chapman to sponsor a team. Adopting the corporation’s colours was Lyman’s way of recognizing their support. Sponsor’s names were not allowed on sweaters in those early years but there was no “rule” against their colours.
The A.E. Rule sponsorship lasted until 1955 when Albert Rule died and his company dissolved. Although many years have past, that first sponsorship has not been forgotten. The Association’s predominant colours have remained forest green and gold.
Over the years, many former members of Lorne Park boards of directors have served as president of the MHL (T.T.H.L.). A total of seven have graduated to that office. These include Lyman Chapman (our founder), Harry Davidson, Art Corbett, Al Smith, Jack Darling, Jack Harris and, most recently, Alf Johnston. A notable name among those that served from Lorne Park would be that of Jack Darling. A waterfront park bearing his name has been dedicated for the use of residents and friends of the community.
The 2006-07 season marked the official 60th anniversary of the Association.
The Clarkson Hockey Association was established in 1958 by Bill and Pearl Templeton, as part of the Clarkson Athletic Association. Practices and games were mainly in the Brampton area, although Port Credit and Oakville arenas were occasionally used. The Park Royal, Sheridan Homelands, Rattray Park Estates and Lorne Park have grown and Clarkson Arena eventually became their base of operations.
Clarkson’s President prior to the merger with Lorne Park was Shawn Sandink.
The new Lorne Park Clarkson Hockey Association (LPCHA) is a South Mississauga based hockey club whose inaugural season will be 2016-2017. Their mission is to provide and foster a safe environment for youth hockey while teaching core values of Leadership, Fair Play, Sportsmanship, and Personal Development. In addition, the LPCHA is committed to providing leadership and stewardship to their local community through volunteering and fundraising efforts.
Lorne Park Clarkson’s inaugural President is Mike Doyle.
For more information regarding Lorne Park Clarkson Hockey, please visit their website, www.lpcha.ca.
The Meadowvale Minor Hockey Association has the dual distinction of being one of the largest and youngest Associations in the MHL. The Association started in 1976 with 7 teams, a brand new arena and high hopes for a small but growing community of Meadowvale. A gutsy team of founding members (Bob Jones, Brian Shaw, Pat Jones, Jim Buckle, Wally Jones, Wally Rawn & Dave Strutt) may not have foreseen the amazing growth rate that the area was to go through, but they did put in place a philosophy and structure necessary to support the over 75 teams that Meadowvale now “ices” each year.
The Organization celebrated their 40th anniversary in the 2016-17 season. The Organization now supports a booming pre-tyke program for 4-6 year olds (Ice Puppys) as well as the regular age levels from Novice to Juvenile (7-20). The “Mohawks” are the representative Meadowvale teams, playing at the more competitive “A” level. In 2004/2005 the Meadowvale house league unveiled it’s own distinct logo…the HAWKS.
As with any young organization that starts from scratch, its identity went through a few changes throughout the ’70s and ’80s. Team colours during the first decade were various shades of brown, white and orange. The late ’80s saw the move to the black, gray and white (L.A. Kings) jerseys before evolving into the present black, yellow and white (Boston Bruins).
The Meadowvale Hockey Association has always had a progressive approach to community hockey. “Family participation” is encouraged as well as the concepts of teamwork, respect, good sportsmanship and FUN. Meadowvale was the first association in the MHL to adopt the “S.T.O.P.” program for age levels where contact hockey is played and now players at all levels wear the “S.T.O.P” sign. This was adopted to help fight against excessive violence in hockey while promoting safe play.
The following people have served in the position of President for MMHA: Bob Jones, Dave Strutt, Jim Pinfold, Pat Jones, Richard Miron, Mac Macfarlane, Richard Ladouceur, Dominik Fortin, Michel Feuiltault, Ed Nomi, and Betty Burgess, John Hollohan, Jeff Leavens, Lorraine Muise, Jim Barbour, Ron Popadiuk, and most recently Steve Johnston. Fred Buchal, a former MHL President and inductee into the MHL Hall of Fame also coached for Meadowvale.
Meadowvale’s current President is Richard Foote and reinforces Meadowvale’s committment to teaching players to:
- Love the game of hockey and have fun!!
- Be generous in winning and more importantly, graceful in losing
- Be fair and display sportsmanship both on and off the ice
- Be obedient to the rules and respect the officials
- Work for the good of the team and put the team first
- Conduct yourself with honour and dignity, representing MMHA
- Always strive to be the best you can be, and remember, it’s just a game!!!!
For more information regarding Meadowvale Hockey, please visit their website, www.meadowvalehockey.com.
The PCHA has been active in the community since 1958 with players from ages 4 to age 20 enjoying the sport of hockey. We have grown rapidly in recent years to the current level of over 1,000 registered players playing on over 65 teams. The demand for player registrations are at an all time high. Registration is open to both male and female players at all skill and age levels. A player must be able to skate to register at age 4, however from age 5 and older, skating ability is desirable but not necessary.
Tje Port Credit Storm teams participate in the Mississauga Hockey League, which has seven member Associations covering all areas within the city of Mississauga. The majority of teams at Port Credit are at the house league level, practice once a week, and play 1-2 games per week or about 26 games per season. The competitive Gold and ‘A’ level teams (10) play about 2 times per week for a total of 34 games per season, and also have one association practice a week. All players ages 7 to 20 registered with the Port Credit Storm participate in games against the other seven MHL Associations.
PCHA has a very well established ‘ Pre-Tyke ‘ program (the Paperweights) for players ages 4, 5 & 6. Our ‘Paperweight ‘ Program provides one 50-minute practice and one 50-minute game for the paperweight teams each week. The games utilize the entire ice surface, with timed 3-minute shifts, to ensure equal playing time for all players. The games have two referees who use standard OHA rules (with the exception of no icing calls). Each player is evaluated according to skill level and plays on a ‘shift’ against a line of similar skill level from the opposing team. Players are provided with a replica NHL uniform (jersey and socks), which are personalized with each player’s name on the back.
All players in the PCHA keep their team jersey at the end of the season, and receive a team and individual photo as a season memento. Young players from the paperweight to Atom levels also receive an individual trophy at the annual Players Banquet in the spring of each year.
Local businesses and other community-interested companies generously provide funds to PCHA through sponsorship donations. These sponsorships are used to offset the cost of team uniforms. Each team proudly wears their sponsor’s name on the back of each jersey. The registration fees paid by the players cover the cost of ice rental for team practices, sweaters, socks, insurance, etc., while the gate fee charged to players and spectators at each MHL game pays for the ice and game officials for each game.
Port Credit’s current President is Bill Beaton.
For more information regarding Port Credit Hockey, please visit their webite, www.portcredithockey.com.