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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Welcome to GHLNiagara


The GHL has over 400 members and provides a fantastic hockey experience, complete with GMs, captains, coaches, referees, scorekeepers, and one amazing, friendly atmosphere.


Click "About Us" to see some video footage of our games.

We are excited to announce that the GHL is expanding winter and now offering hockey on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. 


Friday - Ridley Arena - Geared towards Novice and Major level players. True beginners are encouraged to join Saturday minors. 

Saturday - Virgil Arena - Minor division focused on beginner hockey as well as a Major division for more experienced players.

Sunday - Virgil Area - Geared towards Major level players as well as more skilled players.


Each night functions as it's own league. If you register for one night, all of your games will be on that night. Players can play on multiple nights if they choose to. 


The GHL has a strong history of running fun, no-nonsense hockey. Players who act irresponsibly will not be permitted to play hockey with the GHL.



Level 1
Players have a hard time with skating both forward and backward. They’ve acquired some basic skills in getting up and down the ice but still struggle with carrying the puck, making passes, and taking shots. 
Level 2
Players are more comfortable on their skates, but still struggle with going backward. They are probably just getting comfortable with positional play, learning to skate with their head up, grasping the rules, team concepts, and understanding offensive and defensive zones. 
Level 3
Players are comfortable skating forward and can now skate backward competently. Players at level 3 can likely do front crossovers and turn with the puck efficiently. 
Level 4
Players at this level are comfortable in a faster-paced game, are able to keep up with the play and contribute to the team. 
Level 5
Players are comfortable at a high level in all areas of the game. They are generally among the best players on the ice and can do backwards crossovers.

Level 6
Players believe they will be drafted to the NHL any day now. 


by posted 09/24/2021
GHL Winter Champions


2018/19 Winter - Individual Award Winners

2018/19 Videos


(Wings - Minor Champions)


(Leafs - Major Champions)

by posted 04/15/2018
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