We are a Niagara based adult beginner hockey league. GHL Niagara. We are the original and best co-ed beginner hockey league. We have beginner players from all over the Niagara region, inscluding: St. Catharines, NOTL, Thorold, Virgil, Welland and Pelham.

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The GHL

 

What is the GHL?... 
Short answer - The GHL is a co-ed non-contact hockey league aimed at adults who have had little or no childhood hockey experience. The league is also known in the region by the moniker as 'Hockey for Dummies'. However, that is only the beginning...

The GHL Niagara currently has 12 teams, over 150 players, GMs, captains, coaches, referees, scorekeepers, and one amazing atmosphere. 

Dummie [duhm-ee] - noun, plural -mies, adjective, verb, -mied, mying
Hockey for dummies is successful because of its players. A level playing field is created among the athletes and non-athletes once the skates are put on. Dummies genuinely care for each other and a community is quickly formed. It is great to see two players from different teams helping each other get up after a mild fall to the ice and cheering when someone from the opposite team scores their first goal. 

You claim that you can't skate? Good. You are the reason this league was formed. We provide an exciting environment where you can learn how to skate (somewhat) and the game of hockey without being intimidated.

How it works... 
First you take the plunge and join. You register online and then pay your registration fees. Next you are off to try-ins where you will be introduced to the rules of dummie hockey. At try-ins, team GMs will scout the lack of talent and consider who they want to draft to their team.                   
           
The draft...                                        
This is conducted just like a professional draft - actually better! You and your guests will enjoy a BBQ lunch as you wait anxiously to be drafted to a team.  Be sure to arrive early and schmooze with the GMs of your favourite team. This could help you get drafted early.

The regular season... 
During the regular season, coaches, referees, GMs, and more experienced players all assist the new players in 
improving their game; but mostly everyone on the bench is making plans for how many wings they will order after the game.

Trades do take place, but do not fear, we only trade to balance teams. Some players have even requested trades as part of the professional experience. After all, this is as close to professional hockey that you will ever get! And sure enough, after about 12 weeks it really starts to look like hockey - slow hockey, but hockey!

The playoffs... 
Your heart will race, you will sweat like crazy, you will not be able to wipe the smile off your face, and you won't have even played a game yet. The best in playoff atmosphere EVER!! Ask any experienced  dummie about our playoffs!

After the season...                        
The Awards Gala - It's the Academy Awards of hockey. GHL players walk the red carpet dressed to the nines. You will not recognize most of them! This event is filled with anticipation and surprises. You definitely want to get tickets to this one early!
 

Any questions, please email League (at) ghlniagara (dot) com