Teaming up on Concussions – reprinted from the GTHL website

The Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL), in conjunction with Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, has implemented new policy surrounding concussions for the 2016-17 season. This policy will be one of the most comprehensive concussion policies to date for minor sports in Ontario.

The GTHL has taken measures to become a leader in concussion prevention and education to prioritize the safety of its player’s. The new concussion policy ensures players who are suspected to have sustained a concussion during GTHL activity do not return to activities before being medically cleared by a professional.  In addition this new policy provides clearer outline on how team officials can identify suspected concussions, provides pathways for all players with suspected concussion to seek medical attention, as well as a hockey specific return to play protocol that ensures all members of the GTHL community are equipped with the tools needed to identify, manage, and prevent concussion.

The GTHL website is a great resource for Concussion information – they can be found at:  http://www.gthlcanada.com/concussions.  Check out their website for information about what a concussion is, signs of a concussion, the GTHL Concussion Policy and more Concussion news.

West Toronto Renegades train with Cal Wild, former captain of the Brampton Beast

2016-01-06-cals-palsAt the West Toronto Renegades 2005 December 6, 2015 practice, the boys were treated to a guest Coach – Cal Wild, ex-captain of the Brampton Beast and founder of Cal’s Pals, a community outreach program that he developed in 2013. Cal worked with the boys on break outs and defending the zone as he brought his vast expertise as a professional hockey player to teach our young Renegades different aspects of hockey playing. What a great day and experience he brought to the practice!!

About Cal’s Pals

Cal’s Pal’s is a community outreach program that Brampton Beast captain Cal Wild founded at the beginning of the 2013-2014 season. The program is designed to enrich the lives of children, youth, and adults through the awareness and raising of funds for Kerry’s Place Autism Services. The goal is to create awareness and enhance the quality of life for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

How it works:

  • Throughout the year, Cal Wild will spend his time getting involved with Kerry’s Place and their initiatives through multiple events.
  • Cal Wild will donate $10 for every point scored this season. This amount will then be matched by a corporate sponsor of the foundation or the team.
  • Cal Wild and the Brampton Beast will be giving the opportunity to families from Kerry’s Place to experience a professional hockey game in the comfort of the Cal’s Pal’s Suite. Following the game, families will get the chance to meet and greet Cal.

“This year, I decided through my experiences that I wanted to work with Kerry’s Place again,’ the Beast captain said. “My time spent with their individuals has given me some of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences of my life. For me, it felt like a natural progression to continue moving forward with Kerry’s Place because it’s something that I’m comfortable with and something I strongly believe in.”

For more information on the Cal’s Pals program or if you’re interested in contributing to the program contact Andrea Masciotra, Senior Community Relations Executive at (905)-564-1684 ext 223 or amasciotra@bramptonbeast.com

West Toronto Renegades Win Silver in PLAYSTATION Platinum Cup

playstation_platinum_cupThe West Toronto Renegades Atom A 2005 team entered to compete in the PLAYSTATION Platinum Cup (Powered by the Toronto Maple Leafs and the GTHL) at the MasterCard Centre, Toronto held on November 27–29, 2015.

The hockey tournament comprised of teams in the Atom AAA, Atom AA and Atom A divisions.

The West Toronto Renegades, in their very first year playing together as a team, fought hard to win the Silver Medal in the Atom A Division! Well done Renegades and their Coaches!!