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GMHL Officials

Greater Metro Jr. A Hockey League

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Annual GMHL Commissioner's Award

2019-20 - Darren Berezowski

2017-18 - Kevin Thompson

2016-17 - Allan Madill

2015-16 - Dave Avery

2014-15 - Bob Klein

2013-14 - Ron Michaud

My Journey Surviving Cancer

My journey

I am deeply humbled by the immense amount of donations, which have been given to me over the last few days by my officiating brothers.  I would like to believe that this is a direct correlation of the impact that I have had on your hockey careers in development.  However,  I am remiss to agree with this,  moreover,  that this gesture is just one more demonstration of the Brotherhood that we share in the GMHL officiating family.


A brief transcript on my journey.

In January 2007 I was transferred by ambulance to Western University Hospital in London Ontario to endure a surgical biopsy of a growth that had developed at my T1 T2 vertebrae in my spine.  I was paralyzed from the chest down on a backboard not knowing where my life was headed.  within a few days, surgeons had removed the tumor.  following this procedure I was advised that I had a very fast growing malignant bone cancer which had engulfed my C7 T2 vertebrae.  I underwent 4 months of intense chemotherapy at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

September 20th, 2007 I once again and doing another surgery which took 25 hours over two days to remove the three vertebrae which were replaced with pieces of bone and 12 inches of titanium rods that extended from my see to my t-7 vertebrae.  I was left in an induced coma while they open me up from front to back. I experienced multiple complications that were related to these surgeries I ended up getting septic pneumonia which led to putting me into a coma for 7 days. Fortunately, I was able to recover but doctors ended up discovering an abscess the size of a tangerine in my back so they rush me to Toronto Western on boxing Dave 2007 where I endured another 8-hour surgery.

I have experienced much over the past 10 years and now I must once again face another surgery.  Although this is for a semi-good reason as I will be cancer-free for 10 years in September. I have simply outlived the bone in my neck. This latest surgery is definitely a far cry from what I went through previously.

Once again I am humbled and I thank you for your thoughts and prayers and generosity in support of my journey.

Kevin Thompson

Tech. Director of Official’s Development


Movember Foundation


Please join #87 - Mike MacInnis in his effort to raise funds for the much-needed cause.

In the past 8 years, 4 of our officiating members have been diagnosed with cancer. 2 of whom with testicular cancer. GMHL Officials have always been a close-knit bunch in support of one another with life's challenges. Our group recognizes the efforts of the Movember Foundation to bring awareness to information share. Please visit their website by clicking on the logo above... and please consider supporting the Movember Foundation with a charitable donation or purchase of support attire. With your support, men's health can improve.

#14 - Mike Collins "Retirement"

After 10 years of shared success #14 - Mike Collins (Linesman) will be hanging up the skates at the end of this year.

Mike has experienced the inception period of the GMHL to the present state of growth we enjoy today. Mike joined the officiating staff in year one while his son played on one of the start-up teams. The father son relationship was typical of uniting on the ice with the sport they both loved. Although his son went on to NCAA opportunities, Mike remained on the lines at the GMHL.

Mike has achieved a remarkable history:

* 188 games and still climbing as we approach the post season.

* Mike has received our "Linesman of the Year" award

* He has set the standard for our Face-off proceedure.

* Selected Linesman All-Star Games

* Selected Linesman Showcase Tournaments

Mike is respected among players and his peers for his work. He is well liked for his personality, smile, and his offering of tangerines to each official at every game.