GWLHL - 2018-2019          

Adult Men's Hockey

League News

Up to Date Pool Standings

Feb 15, 2019

Pool A

Pool B

Cupid the Tender

Feb 11, 2019

I’m a Lover, Not a Goalie
Every Super-Hero has his weakness. Superman – Kryptonite. Batman – Catwoman. Greg Martin – Valentine’s Day. Yes, Valentine’s Day.
Greg Martin has played the most games in GWLHL history at 866 career games. He has already played an astonishing 41 games this year alone. That is an average of 3 games per week. But play on Valentine’s Day? No Way.
With the Playoff Round Robin schedule now out, Team Black plays their first game on Thursday, February 14 at 4:40. But Greg Martin won’t be there. He has plans.
Team Black captain Craig Robb, a long-time co-captain with Martin, was taken off guard. “You think you know a guy” said Robb. “I have played with Greg for many years. I guess we have never had to play on February 14. I’m not sure what this means to our many years of co-captaining. Maybe the run is over.”
Robb will have to work with league conveners to see who can replace Martin in their first week Round Robin matchup against Team Orange.
When reached for comment, GWLHL commissioner Rick Wolfson added, “I guess you can’t cancel reservations at the Mariaggi.”
Good luck to all teams in the first week of playoffs

Playoff Pools Are Set

Feb 8, 2019

The 18 game pre-season is officially in the books so now the games start to count for real. The round robin pools shake out as follows:

Pool A:

Pool B:

Green and Red finished the season tied with 16 points. They split the season series 1-1 which is the first tiebreaker so we go to the 2nd tiebreaker which is most wins. Green had the edge in wins 8 to 7 so Green finishes in 6th place and is the B3 seed while Red finishes in 7th and is the B4 seed.

The round robin playoff schedule has been posted. Note that for week 1 Red plays twice and Yellow has a bye. Red will have the bye next week.

New Playoff Format & Information

Jan 21, 2019

Believe it or not there are just 3 games left in the regular season so the playoffs are just around the corner. What better time than now to go over the exciting new expanded playoff format the GWLHL deep thinkers have conjured up for this season?

Playoff Pools (Round Robin runs Feb 13th to March 8th):

Pool A: 1st, 4th, 5th, 8th, and 10th
Pool B: 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, and 9th

In order to make the round robin schedule work with 10 teams this year, one team each week will have to play 2 games and one team each week will not play (i.e. they’ll have a bye). The team playing twice in the week will always play the Wednesday 4:40 game as well as the Friday game to make sure they have the maximum amount of time between games. The byes have been scheduled so that whichever team plays twice in a week (in round robin weeks 1-3) will get a bye the following week (this is not the case in round robin week 4 however as everyone plays the following week). Only 4 out of 10 teams will have to play this type of schedule while the other 6 will just play once a week for 4 weeks. Which 4 teams you ask? That would be the 4 at the bottom of the regular season standings (7th to 10th place).

Quarter-Finals (March 13th to 15th):
New this year we will have a quarter-final round the week following the round robin. The top 4 teams in each pool from the round robin will advance to the quarter-finals on Wednesday & Thursday while the 5th place teams from each pool will face off in a relegation game on Friday to determine once and for all who is not last. This relegation game will be known as “The Thirsty Penguin Bowl”, with both teams enjoying some delicious Thirsty Penguin treats after the game courtesy of our March vouchers.

Quarter-Final #1 (March 13th at 4:40): 2nd Pool B vs 3rd Pool A
Quarter-Final #2 (March 13th at 5:50): 1st Pool A vs 4th Pool B
Quarter-Final #3 (March 14th at 4:40): 2nd Pool A vs 3rd Pool B
Quarter-Final #4 (March 14th at 5:50): 1st Pool B vs 4th Pool A
The Thirsty Penguin Bowl (March 15th at 5:20): 5th Pool A vs 5th Pool B

Semi-Finals (March 20th):
Semi-Final #1 (March 20th at 4:40): Winner QF #3 vs Winner QF #4
Semi-Final #2 (March 20th at 5:50): Winner QF #1 vs Winner QF #2

Final (March 21st at 5:00): Last 2 teams standing.

Some astute hockey fans may recognize this playoff format from such popular hockey tournaments as the World Junior Hockey Championships™.

*Note that for the Quarters, Semis, and Final the team seeded higher based on round robin standings will be designated as the Home team.

Tie-breaking Formula:
In case of a tie the following tie-breaking rules will be used in both the regular season and playoffs:

Between two or more teams:

1. Best record in head-to-head games amongst the tied teams.
2. Most wins (overall vs all teams)
3. Fewest goals against (vs tied teams)
4. Fewest goals against (vs all teams)
5. Largest goal differential (vs tied teams) – Maximum goal differential in any game will be 5
6a. If determining regular season standings – flip a coin
6b. If determining round robin playoff standings – team with best record in regular season

Note: If there are still teams tied after a step (no single team is advanced), only the tied teams from that step move on to the next step of the procedure. This process continues until there is only 1 team remaining.

Overtime Rules:

Round Robin:

There is no overtime in the round robin, games can end in ties.

Quarters & Semis:

1. The format for overtime will be a 3 on 3, sudden death.
2. The overtime period will be stop time, and a maximum of 5 minutes long.
3. Be ready to play immediately after regulation time because we want to get overtime going as soon as possible. Any team attempting to delay the start of overtime may be assessed a Minor penalty for Delay of Game.
4. Normal player changes will be allowed on the fly and at stoppages.
5. If a penalty occurs in overtime (or if there is an unexpired penalty carried over from the third period) the non-offending Team will play with 4 skaters and a Goaltender, and the offending Team will play with 3 skaters and a Goaltender. When the offending Teams penalty expires, the penalized Player is permitted to rejoin the play which may result in temporary 4 on 4 play. At the first stoppage following the expiration of the penalty, Teams will revert to 3 skaters and a Goaltender.
6. If the game is still tied after the 5 minutes, then a shoot-out will occur.


Should the game remain tied following the conclusion of the overtime period, a shoot-out will be conducted to determine a winner. For the shoot-out, the following rules/items will be applicable:

1. Goalies will both use/defend the same net (use net nearest fan viewing area)
2. 3 shooters per Team (team with most goals after 3 shooters wins)
3. Any penalty in the overtime period, that has not expired, will eliminate the penalized player from shoot-out participation.
4. The home team (i.e. the higher seeded team) gets choice to shoot first or shoot last.
5. Once a Player has shot, they shall move to the side of the rink opposite the Players bench.
6. Referees use Hockey Canada/USA Hockey procedures for penalty shot.
7. If the game remains tied following the first three shooters, a sudden death shoot-out will decide the game winner (i.e. one Team scores, the other does not). Every eligible Player on must shoot once before any player on that team can shoot again.
8. In cases of an extended shoot-out and the number of shooters on each team is not equal, the following would apply... Once all players on the team with the least number of players have shot once, and the game is still tied, the players on that team are eligible to shoot again. Once players on one team start taking their 2nd shots, then the players on the other team can start taking their 2nd shots too (this means some players on a team that has more players than their opponents team may not end up shooting at all).

Final Overtime Format:

Since we have a double ice time booked for the final and have the extra time we will use the following overtime format:
1. 5 minutes of 5 on 5; then
2. 5 minutes of 4 on 4; then
3. 3 on 3 until a goal is scored

2019 Hockey Day in Canada

Jan 7, 2019

The tradition continues as once again the GWLHL and GWLWHL will be heading outdoors for the 15th annual 'Hockey Day in Canada' extravaganza! This year the festivities are scheduled to take place on Saturday January 12th, 2019 at a new venue, The Norwood Community Center – located at 87 Walmer Street (behind the Santa Lucia on St. Mary’s, just over the Norwood Bridge).,-97.1312681,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x52ea76b3afe60999:0xc384d2cca26c9199!8m2!3d49.8794281!4d-97.1290794

The first game is scheduled to begin bright and early at 9:00am. The full GWLHL schedule is as follows:

9:00am – Yellow vs. White
10:30am – Black vs. Orange
12:00pm – Red vs. Purple
1:30pm – Teal vs. Blue
3:00pm – Grey vs. Green

Dressing room assignments will be posted on the dressing room doors. As we will only have two dressing rooms for the men’s teams, please vacate the dressing room 15 minutes after your game so that the next teams playing have time to dress.
As usual, the day will include a beer gardens that is scheduled to be open throughout the day. Drink tickets will be $4 each and we will be ordering pizza for both the men's and women's league to enjoy free of charge. The first order of pizza will arrive around 11:00 with 2 additional waves of pizza arriving later in the day.

The current forecast looks good, calling for cloudy skies with high temperatures of around -10C. However, come prepared for any weather. We never know what mother nature may bring.

Games will be 2 – 20 minutes running time halves, with stop time in the last minute of each half. Teams switch sides after the first half.

Hopefully it is a great day with camaraderie shared by all.

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Standings - Playoff Season

Regular Season *  Playoff Season
Team GP W L T Pts
Teal 1 1 0 0 2
Black 1 1 0 0 2
Purple 1 1 0 0 2
Grey 1 0 0 1 1
Red 1 0 0 1 1
Blue 0 0 0 0 0
Yellow 0 0 0 0 0
Green 1 0 1 0 0
Orange 1 0 1 0 0
White 1 0 1 0 0

Recent Games

Date Visitor Score Home
Feb 13 Red 5 - 5 Grey
Feb 13 White 5 - 13 Teal
Feb 14 Orange 1 - 8 Black
Feb 14 Purple 3 - 2 Green
Feb 15 Red - Blue

Upcoming Games

Date Time Visitor Home
Feb 20 16:40 Orange White
Feb 20 17:50 Yellow Black
Feb 21 16:40 Green Grey
Feb 21 17:50 Purple Blue
Feb 22 17:20 Orange Teal


Glen Garrioch
Phone: (204) 946-2992

Reggie Goodfellow
Phone: (204) 924-5502

Rick Wolfson, Commissioner
Phone: (204) 515-4005