In 1970, Bruce Tinsley, Jim Duck and Bill Berlet entered a Minor Atom B team in the MTHL as a representative of the Lorne Park Hockey Association. The association with Lorne Park lasted until the end of the season when a separate organization was founded as the Mississauga North Stars. That first season is particularly notable because we advanced to the Western Finals by beating out the Mississauga Reps after forming our team from Rep cuts.
In 1971-72 the new organization entered 2 teams, Minor Atom & Atom B and the Minor Atoms won the City Championship.
The North Stars added teams each year and eventually became the largest MTHL Club in Mississauga. Our Juveniles started in 1982-83 and did so well that they were elevated to AAA status after the first season and have since won 4 All Ontario Championships, and sent a long list of players into Junior Hockey.
Peter Johnson assumed the role of General Manager in 1981 from Ed Juras . Doctor Peter Strachan became the President in 1986, suceeding Bill Berlet, with a 2 year stint in between by Tony Gibb. In 1999, Peter Johnson moved to the role of President with Mark Turkiewicz coming on board as General Manager. Stephen Small became GM in 2006. With Peter Johnson's retirement in 2021, Mike Yacynuk stepped up to serve as Pres/GM.
The Mississauga North Stars were incorporated in 1976 as a non-profit organization and all funds are put back into the Club for the benefit of our boys. Since inception our policy has been to provide competitive hockey without a ‘win-at-all-costs’ philosophy; teach sound hockey skills and above all, ensure each player is treated fairly and has an enjoyable hockey experience.
The North Stars have an enviable track record; from 1988-2010 we recorded the highest winning percentage in the GTHL West. 37 Carnation Cups ( first place ),, 32 City Championships, 7 All Ontario/OHF Championships, 7 silver or bronze All Ontario/OHF awards, 12 Silver Stick Championships, in excess of 170 tournament titles, an Ontario Winter Games Bronze Medal and a European Cup. Our list of accomplishments continues to grow.
Our milestone seasons have included a league-leading winning percentage over 72%. In 1991 we had 7 teams in the West Final, 6 teams in the City Finals, 4 City Champs, and 3 teams at the All Ontario Finals.
In 2003, our Bantams were honored as Team of the Year by the Mississauga Sports Council, after their OHF Gold Medal win and 11 championships that year. 8 teams have reached the pinnacle of success in the province, winning Gold at the OHF finals.
Tony Callam and Peter Johnson have both been named " Mississauga Sports Volunteer of the Year" and have a spot in the Mississauga Sports Council Hall of Fame as proud North Stars representatives. Peter Johnson won the coveted Chamandy Award from the GTHL.
We have hosted OHF finals successfully several times, host our own long-standing prestiguous Classic tournament annually and actively participated in hosting the Mississauga Earlybird. We held open house celebrations at our home arena Tomken Twin on our 35th and 50th Anniversaries.
Over the years many thousand players have filled the North Stars uniform with pride, heart, character and dedication.
After more than 50 years of winning our foundation is solid and the performance bar remains set at the highest level, challenging our players continuously to meet the level of dedication and commitment necessary to be a North Star.
The torch is now passed to this year’s North Stars to ensure that the tradition built by so many hands will carry on.
Murray Small, Doug Small
Vice president/GM Mark Turkiewicz
We ask that each parent read the following sections carefully for they outline the policies and practices which
govern the operation of our hockey teams. Current year fees/features are provided by your Team Manager.
Your registration fee covers:
All Mississauga North Stars Hockey Players will be equipped with the following items\2 game sweaters( kept at year-end) home/away, 2 pairs game socks, 1 practice sweater, bag.
Goalies supply their own equipment with the exception of socks, and sweaters and are granted $100 registration discount.
All players must wear equipment and uniforms consistent with official team colours, and are expected to look sharp in representing the Club.
2. Practice Ice (During regular league and playoffs)
Minimum of 20 weeks, 1.0 hour average each week. (No practice between Christmas/New Year's).
3. Miscellaneous Expenses
a) Registration & Insurance charges d) Mounted team and player picture
b) Player banquet and awards e) Playoff practice ice
c) Annual dinner-dance subsidized for
two parents per family f) Equipment bag on initial registration
REGISTRATION FEE, RELEASES AND FUND RAISING
The Club registration for all hockey players must be paid in addition to the GTHL registration fee. Discount of $50.00 per player if two or more siblings join the Club, and $100 discount for goalies. No equipment/uniforms will be handed out until Club registration is paid in full.
The North Stars do not release players during the season unless there are severe parent or player behavioural
problems, or strongly mitigating reasons. These players, or others whose season is cut short due to injuries,
illness or movement outside the jurisdiction of the GTHL, may receive a refund prorated against the amount of
practice time used by their team while they were available to play. No refunds will be issued if registration fees
are in arrears. No refunds will be issued for players who quit on their own accord or are released on appeal. The
Club has no obligation to release on request and the final decision will be solely up to the General Manager and
the President. Letters of Permission to Skate will be granted where needed provided that all equipment and
financial obligations have been satisfied.
It is expected that all parents and coaching staffs will contribute to any fund raising or social events. These events are TBA subject to public health restrictions, including the Year End Banquet.
OPERATIONS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
All coaches and players will abide by the Hockey Canada and GTHL rules and regulations plus the following Club
1. a) There will be no more than 18 hockey players signed per team. (Except Midgets to Juveniles).
There will be a minimum of 15 players on each team, including two goaltenders.
b) The Head Coach of each team has sole operating responsibility. His staff will include a Trainer, Manager,
one or more Assistants and Safety Person. Club policy is that no members of coaching staffs will receive
direct or indirect monetary assistance or other personal benefits unless specifically so stated in the Club-approved Team Budget.
c) Managers of each team will act as team convenors. Any issues concerning Club or Team policies, or a
player or parent problem will be dealt with first by the Manager. Should the issue not be resolved, both
parent and Manager will submit this problem to the President for a decision. If the particular problem is of
such a nature that the parents feel that it should be brought immediately to the attention of the President, with written submissions outlinng the circumstances and obtain a meeting time for presentation. Final feedback must be forthcoming within 15 days.
d) The calling of team meetings and their frequency shall be the responsibility of the coaching staff.
e) Each team will prepare and administer team rules and an annual supplementary budget in accordance
with GTHL Rules 5.11 and 5.12 .These will be pre-approved by the President and General Manager
2. The actual coaching and teaching should be left to the coaching staff.
3. It is most important that all team members make each game and practice. Absence from a practice or game
should be first arranged by parents with the coach. In the case of sickness, the coach should be notified.
It is suggested that any winter holidays taken by a player should occur during a time which will not interfere
with the end of the season drive or playoff activity. This is in fairness to the other team members.
4. The disciplining of a player during practice and games will be the coach's responsibility. It is understood
that the North Stars may bench , suspend or release a player for disciplinary reasons. However, in any
given situation the parent should be informed of the reason for benching or any other disciplinary action
by the coach.
5. The coaching staff will endeavour to provide each team member a fair amount of ice time during games.
However, there are certain times during a game where a player may double shift due to penalties, player
absence, power plays, etc.
6. Players will be selected on the basis of ability and personality. The North Stars Hockey Club feels that an
equally important selection factor is the attitude of parents towards participation and co-operation with the coaches and organization.
7. Directors and Officers of the Club are entitled to receive reasonable compensation for their non-Directoral
efforts provided that their expenses and/or workloads justify such compensation. The Club may not incur debt
to support any such payments.
8. The Club purchases goods and services on the basis of a combination of price, service and quality,
Final selection follows a bidding process tempered by past experiences. No hidden benefits may accrue
to Directors, Officers or Team officials or their immediate families. . However, these individuals are free to
participate in an open selection process and to become suppliers if they offer the best value to the Club.
At present, Murray and Stephen Small are suppliers through their ownership of The Trophy Shop.
9. All players and parents are expected to behave in a respectful manner consistent with the rules of hockey, the
Mississauga North Stars and within standard norms of society. Players or parents who persist in
breaking these rules and norms will be subject to disciplinary action depending upon the severity of the
issue ,up to and including long-term suspensions. In particular, suspensions should be expected for
deliberate injury or attempts to injure team-mates or opponents, persistent use of foul or derogatory
language, failure to co-operate in practices, games or pre-game and dressing-room activities, and
malicious or destructive behaviour against property. Parents are also responsible for all financial
10. Use of the Club name, colours or logo in any manner is prohibited without the specific approval of the
We invite any parent or player to discuss their hockey situation or the Policies and Practices of the Mississauga
North Stars Hockey Club with any of the Coaches , Directors, or Officers.