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
Weekly MVP

GHL Saturday Night Minor MVP Week 5

Augie! Augie! Augie! What a game by our Ducks goalie, stopping shots left, right and centre. Wings were shooting everything at her but she was up to the task every time. The energy Augie brings to the team on and off the ice is always positive. The team felt that energy for our late game and Augie was rewarded with the shutout. Congrats! It’s no surprise that when we ask our kid who his favourite goalie is…one answer. Augie, MVP

David Haylett is definitely a team player… After excelling on defence during the first period, Dave was asked to play forward when a teammate was injured and happily obliged. Overall a great offensive and defensive game by Dave. Then showed off his team Spirit at Silks. Wooo

The Oilers were hot again this week but one player stood out above the rest. Christina Somers was all over the ice, blocking shots and making big defensive stops in front of our goalie and sealing off the blue line to keep the offensive play alive at the other end of the ice. Great game Oilers!!

Penguins MVP is Pete McIntee! Pete was a serious contender on the ice! He constantly battled for the puck in both ends and came out winning each time! Way to go Pete! Go Penguins Go!

Kim Breakspeare played an amazing game last night while playing Defence for the first time in the GHL!  She held the puck in at the offensive blue line on several occasions and repeatedly held off the Oilers offensive attack.  All of this made her deserving of Bruins MVP this week!

Cindy Bourgault (Wings) -  Cindy played her Heart out this week. With multiple shots on net. Always being in the right place at the right time.  All done with her contagious smile.  Awesome game Cindy.  That 1st goal is coming soon.   Keep it up.


GHL Saturday Night Major MVP Week 5


This week, the Avs earned their first W of the season! This wouldn’t have been possible without stellar play by Matty Higgins between the pipes! Saving Josh’s a** on several occasions, Higgins made some solid saves at key times to secure the win for the Avs. Great game Higgins, and thank you for saving our bacon! (mmmm bacon....)

The Flames this week choose Lightning Chris Wilson as their MVP this week, the flames were a depleted bunch, again, and who brought the juice. Mr MVP Chris Wilson, when we needed a boost chris took it into enemy territory, and had quite a few good chances. Chris topped it off with a beautiful goal to tie it up 4-4 and keep our steak alive. Way to go MVP. 

Dave Schwartz (Kings) - The question was – which rattled the Flames goalie more – Darryl crashing the net, or Dave hitting top shelf with a beauty shot and playing a strong all-around game. Since Dave falls within the rules (GHL and general hockey rules), the Kings award him the MVP for the week

Marlies MVP and blue jacket goes to the big man who showed great sportsmanship by offering to try and play a position he does not normally play. Jay Berg centered the team with great face offs, great defense and setting up a goal. He played both ends of the ice to perfection. Great game Jay and even more great teamwork in offering to step out of your comfort zone.


The entire team! 

Sharks - Scott Turner - Turner sniped his first goal in the season during a hotly contested game with the Marlies. Although the Sharks couldn’t finish on top, we certainly had some highlight reel goals.

by posted 09/12/2021
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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