Adult Beginner Hockey League, GHL Niagara. We are the original and best co-ed beginner hockey league. St. Catharines, Niagara Region, Virgil, Welland, Pelham

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Welcome to GHL

The GHL is a co-ed non-contact hockey league aimed at adults who have had little or no childhood hockey experience. We have two seasons per year:


September > March: Saturdays in Virgil (26 Games)

May > August: Fridays in St. Catharines (13 Games)


Join us in celebrating our 15th year on the ice!. The GHL has 12 teams, 200 players, GMs, captains, coaches, referees, scorekeepers, and one amazing, friendly atmosphere. 


Click "About Us" to see some video fotage of our games!

Week 8 MVPs


Chris Prest (Rangers) - Some people are naturally talented and are content with that, but some take that natural talent and work hard to improve upon it. Chris has shown this season that he is definitely one of those hard workers.  He joined the team in September with a good reputation, but no set role on the team.  He moved back and forth between forward and defence, but due to the teams shifting lines, he didn't settle in at any position for long.  Naturally talented, he fit well in any role on the team, but he had his heart set on playing defence and he was determined to elevate his game until the Rangers had no question about where he should be playing.  Chris has taken every opportunity to get on the ice and work on his skating and conditioning, and it shows.  The amount of improvement Chris has shown in his speed and heads up play, in the last eight weeks, has surprised even his most ardent of supporters.  His ability to keep up with (and steal the puck from) some of the leagues top players combined with his ability to then make a quick transition to offence makes him a valuable blueliner.


Saturday's slug fest against the Flames was a nail-biter from start to finish, with excellent games from many people, but Chris put on a defensive clinic.  It definitely would have been a different game without his speed and effort. There were multiple instances where Chris was able to catch up to, and surpass, an opposing player that was streaking towards his goaltender and then, with a deft flick of his wrist, was able to strip them of the puck and then make a quick transition to join the rush going back the other way.  He ended up with several quality goal scoring opportunities that were only prevented by a stellar performance from the Flames goaltender.  All the game's greats have come up against a hot goalie in their careers, but what makes them great is the amount of effort they put into making sure it never happens again.  Chris' excellent defensive performance, combined with his dedicated effort to improve leaves no doubt that he has locked up a position on the defensive line and that there will be many more great games in his future.


Shannon Doherty (Flames) – Shannon’s hard work as Centre paid off this week helping to hold off the competition 1-0 for most of the game. Her skating and forechecking were strong while at the same time she hurried back to help out D lines. Congrats Shannon on your two goals last week too! They were well deserved.


Tyler McIntosh (Flyers) - Ty was “flying” all over the ice this week with his great rushes, ultimately culminating in an assist. He’s finally living up to his first-round pick selection ;)


Dan Murawski (Sabres) – Dan scored the Sabres 1st goal of the game and is playing some awesome hockey at his new position on the wing so far this year!! Also, a shout out to Dan, Nolan and Paulie for making a Silks appearance after the hard-fought win.


Killer game by all the Penguins this week!


Chris Fullerton (Hawks) – Chris played great positional hockey and was always in the right place. He has a positive attitude on the bench and is a great teammate. You da best Chris! We love having you on the Hawks!


Rebecca Hicks (Oilers) – Rebecca discovered a new position in her young hockey career, and enjoyed the challenge of playing center. Rebecca was a quick learner and played a solid game against the Ducks. Great game!


Melissa Coholan (Ducks) – Melissa with her smooth skating, great puck handling and tenacious effort earned her the MVP this week! Melissa has great hockey smarts, always putting herself in the right spot at the right time. Keep up the amazing effort Melissa – you’re just as talented as you are kind!


Michelle Lubberts (Bruins) - All I can say is that our MVP made me jealous Saturday night. Playing her 4th game in two days Michelle was a rock against the Habs Saturday night. Every shift she is breaking up plays at the blue line, and sending our forwards off on offence. And her tip in goal was an absolute thing of beauty. Anytime you wanna take my spot with the Leafs Michelle, just let me know.


Justin Pelletier (Canadiens) - This week, Justin was a force out there. He played a great all-around game, and capped it off with a great shot that went off the post and in the top of the net! Great shot Justin! You earned this week's MVP!!!


Jason "Beano" Bean (Leafs) – Pre-game he said he left his funk in the car ... turns out he had it with him all the time and got a great reward with the first lamp of the game and first of the season! Great game Beano!


Janelie Mercure (Canucks) - Despite a tough loss on Saturday, Janelie worked hard, had a team-leading 7 shots on goal, and SCORED the Canucks only goal this week. Great work this week Janelie! This Week's honourable mention goes to Ty Lowther for setting up Janelie for her 2nd goal of the season, and to Geoff Hunt for filling-in between the pipes for the Leafs on short notice! (He had the Canucks' number on this night).

by posted 11/14/2017
Silks Prize after 10 games!!!

by posted 11/07/2017
GHL Night at The Ice Dogs

GHL Night at The Ice Dogs

Date: Friday November 24, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Meridian Centre, St. Catharines
Cost: $15.00  

To purchase tickets:

1. e-mail to inform how many tickets you would like to purchase
2. send money via e-mail money transfer to


*** Last day to purchase Ice Dogs tickets is Wednesday November 15, 2017!  Tickets will be available for pick up at hockey on Saturday November 17 at hockey***

by posted 11/05/2017
2017 Summer Champion - Hawks


by posted 08/19/2017
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