Our Hockey Heritage
The Mississauga Hockey League began as the Toronto Township Hockey League and was formed in 1946 with Cooksville, Streetsville, Erindale, Clarkson, Lorne Park, Lakeview, Cloverleaf, Malton and Burnhamthorpe. Five divisions including Intermediate, Juvenile, Minor Midget, PeeWee and Tadpole were featured. In those days, practices and games were played on outdoor ice in Erindale, Burnhamthorpe, Forsters Rink in Cooksville, Dixie, Malton, Port Credit, and at Lester’s Arena south of Brampton.
By 1950, there were 45 teams (46 in 1947-1948) and the League entered a Junior “B” team in the Ontario Hockey League, the Dixie Beehives.
The Toronto Township Hockey League affiliated with the Toronto Hockey League (now the Greater Toronto Hockey League) in 1956 and by 1967 boundaries were established and 155 teams from Applewood, Burnhamthorpe, Clarkson, Cloverleaf, Cooksville, Dixie, Erindale, Lakeview, Lyndwood, Malton and Port Credit were using four covered arenas – Port Credit, Dixie, Huron Park and Streetsville.
In 1968, the Toronto Township Hockey League became known as the Mississauga Hockey League. By 1972, 400 teams were registered and parents were travelling to Acton, Bolton, Milton, Nobleton, Burlington, Woodbridge and Oakville for practices usually in the early hours of the morning.
In 1983, the New Concept ‘A’ level was formed. This was a separate level of ‘A’ hockey from that offered by the MHL Associations and was more akin to ‘AA’ calibre. New Concept teams were not permitted to enter ‘A’ tournaments and could only enter ‘AA’ or higher. New Concept teams (with sponsoring organizations in brackets) were known as the Mississauga Algonquins (Clarkson), Mississauga Cree (Cawthra Park and Dixie), Mississauga Navajo (Cooksville), Mississauga Iroquois (Erindale), Mississauga Hurons (Port Credit), Mississauga Mohawks (Malton and Meadowvale) and Mississauga Ojibwa (Lorne Park). The New Concept level merged back with the regular MHL in 1988.
As Mississauga has grown and changed, so too has the MHL. Today, parents no longer have to travel outside the City for practices and games. The league offers hockey on six different levels of skill – ‘A’, Red, White, Blue, Green and Gold (Tyke and Minor Novice only) thus ensuring that hockey is available to every youngster in the City of Mississauga.
Our MHL Hockey Heritage Photo Gallery
The Toronto Township Hockey League would take players to visit Maple Leaf Gardens on Saturdays to meet NHL players. Above is Maple Leaf captain George Armstrong with Lorne Park player Jim Darling, son of MHL President 1966-67, Jack Darling. Photo c1960’s.
Important Dates for 2016-17
14 Deadline for House League Team entries
9 “Thanksgiving Sunday” MHL games WILL be played (Midget & Juvenile only)
6 End of Divisional Convening
1 Deadline for return of MHL Championship Cups
1 Last day of Christmas Break … No MHL Games Scheduled
1 Approximate start date for “A” Playoffs
11-19 March Break… No MHL games
7-9 GTHL “A” Championships – Minor Divisions
3 MHL Annual General Meeting
MHL Referral Program
Did you know that you could earn a $50 credit toward your registration fee at your association, by referring a brand new player to the Mississauga Hockey League. Eligible players must be a new player ages Tyke to Bantam, not a family member or resident with an existing registered player/family, must be a Mississauga resident and must never have been registered with the MHL before. An individual can sponsor more than one new player. To download a New Player Incentive Program application form, please check on the MHL website. Or click here.
First Shift Program
|The MHL will once again be running the First Shift program to introduce the game of hockey to children who have never played before. If you know someone in your extended family, neighbourhood, church or school, please urge them to try out this six week program which focuses on FUN and basic skills. Visit hockey.on.ca/first-shift-program/.
Here’s a testimonial from parents of original First Shift participants who are now members of the league: