The Moss Park Hockey League

If you are looking for a great way to invest your philanthropic dollars look no further than the Moss Park hockey league. Entirely free to youth in the area it is 100% run by volunteers and is a true hidden gem. It has to be one of the greatest hockey leagues in Canada. Here is a brief history.

What is now the Moss Park Hockey League began in the fall of 1957 as The Moss Park Fathers and Sons Hockey League. The games were played at an outdoor rink where Moss Park Arena is now located. For the next twenty-five winters the local fathers ran an outdoor program that lasted as long as it was cold enough to keep the ice on the rink. These men canvassed local businesses for enough funding to order sweaters for the League and to host an end-of-season banquet with trophies and food for the boys that played.

In 1975, with the construction of Moss Park Arena, the League moved inside for the first time, and its name was changed to the Moss Park Hockey League (MPHL). The League was now able to run on a schedule that was not determined by weather, which led to a strong pace of growth in the number of participating players. It remained free for all players, with coaching done primarily by dads in the neighbourhood.
The MPHL was an all-boys league until 1985, when the first girl joined. She really enjoyed her experience, which encouraged other girls in the neighbourhood to join and play hockey.

In 1995, the name of the League was changed to the Gord Summers Memorial Hockey League in memory of the man who started the program and kept it going during all those cold winters.

In 2010, the name was changed back to the Moss Park Hockey League. The League continues to offer free hockey for a now more than 300 boys and girls from the ages of four years to fourteen years. The league is run by volunteers from the MPHL Board of Directors, with strong support from a huge cast of other volunteer parents and coaches.

For more information on how you can help with equipment, donations or sponsorships please contact  William Wade at williamjwade@yahoo.com

TwitterGoogle+FacebookLinkedInDiggStumbleUponBlogger PostDeliciousShare

Other News

first-parliament-building=parliament-street

First Parliament

Some interesting developments on The First Parliament site is located in downtown Toronto at the intersection of Front and Parliament Streets. It is a full city block, bounded on the west by Berkeley … [Read More...]

Homelife-Mural-copy

Cabbagetown Outdoor Gallery

Contributed by Gerald Michaud, Broker - ManagerHomeLife/Realty One Ltd., Brokerage -- Recently, we commissioned a piece of Art by artist Christian English-Pratt.  The Art mural being painted is on our … [Read More...]

doubletake-thrift-store-cabbagetown

Double Take has all the giftables

Contributed by Sharon -- YSM’s Double Take Thrift Store is here to help you get ready for the holidays! Our staff are excited to share sustainable and creative ways the Cabbagetown community can show … [Read More...]

homes-in-cabbagetown

KNOW THAT HOUSE

Contributed by  Maryam Hatam -- Hugh Neilson House: This yellow brick house (295 Carlton St.), with a beautiful wooden door was built in the Gothic Revival style in 1878 for Hugh Neilson, a Scottish … [Read More...]

St Anne’s Heart

Contributed by Anita Bostok --- Back in the 1980s, a friend dared Carlos Carreiro to take a dance class. Up for the challenge, he went to the class that he found enjoyable, but it was the attractive … [Read More...]

Tony Lafazanis – Personal Injury Lawyer

Are You a Victim of a Hit and Run?

Contributed by Tony Lafazanis – Personal Injury Lawyer --- Getting in a car accident, for any driver, cyclist or pedestrian can be a nightmare. Unfortunately, hit and run accidents occur far too … [Read More...]

bostok-hathaway-getting-to-know-you

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

Cabbagetown is a neighbourhood of beauty, heritage, cultural diversity and inclusion. We are Anita Bostok and Noman Hathaway and we’re proud to contribute this regular feature where you get to know … [Read More...]

shuter-street-Pharmacy

Shuter Street Pharmacy

Shuter St Pharmacy located at 290 Shuter, Corner Shuter and Parliament is now under new management. Our professional team is ready to serve the Cabbagetown and surrounding communities for all their … [Read More...]

Pollinator-Project_Dixon-hall

Pollinator Grant Update

In 2019, staff from the Rooming House Project applied for the Pollinator Grant with help from local tenants who were interested in the project. Together staff and clients completed the application, … [Read More...]

greenthumbs

Green Thumbs Pumpkin Project

Green Thumbs Growing Kids is a local charity actively creating school food gardens in order to connect children to food and their environment. For 21 years we have been at the forefront of … [Read More...]

You’re just the right kind of wrong!

Contributed by Debjani Sinha Do you hear this background noise in your head? “You’re too loud!” “You won’t make it.” “They don’t like you.” “You look bloated.” “It’s all your fault.” and … [Read More...]

enough1

Wish I Could

Dub J announces new single with all-star cast to speak out against gun violence. Canadian producer Dub J unifies a Toronto A-List roster of JRDN, Maestro Fresh Wes, JD Era, Bizz … [Read More...]