This year marks a significant milestone—the 50th anniversary of the Little Native Hockey League (LNHL). A celebration steeped in tradition and community spirit, the LNHL’s golden anniversary promises a series of events that embody the passion for hockey and cultural heritage among Indigenous communities.
LNHL Experience Guidebook
|50th Anniversary Gala & Induction Ceremony
|Opening Day Festival
|Championship Games @ Angus Glen Community Centre
50th Anniversary Gala & Induction Ceremony
Join us for a spectacular evening of celebration at the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa in Markham, ON, Canada. The 50th Anniversary Little NHL Gala is a can’t-miss in-person event that promises to be full of excitement and nostalgia. Get ready to immerse yourself in the rich history of the Little NHL as we honour the past and look forward to the future. This gala is the perfect opportunity to connect with fellow hockey enthusiasts, share stories, and enjoy a night of great food, music, and entertainment. Don’t miss out on this milestone event!
50th Anniversary Opening Day Festival
Embrace the spirit of camaraderie and sport at the Markham Civic Centre for a day steeped in the heritage of the Little Native Hockey League. As we approach the 50th anniversary, the Opening Day Festival, set for Sunday, March 10, 2024, invites you to engage in an array of activities from midday until dusk. This is where the pulse of hockey meets the heart of community—through games, rides, and shared moments. Relish the array of local cuisines and discover the offerings at the vendor market. Join us as we commence a season of celebration, reflection, and forward momentum.
The Tournament Begins
Get ready for the face-off on March 11th as the 50th Little Native Hockey League tournament commences in Markham. This day marks the start of an exhilarating week as over 3,500 young Indigenous athletes across Ontario take to the ice in a celebration of sport and heritage. The tournament offers a platform for these young athletes to compete, connect, and showcase their skills. Join us to support and celebrate this milestone event.
The culmination of a week’s intense competition arrives on March 14th with the Championship Games at Angus Glen Community Centre. Witness the top teams battle it out on the ice for the coveted title in the 50th Little Native Hockey League tournament. Come and experience the pinnacle of youth Indigenous hockey, where every shot, save, and goal writes a page in the tournament’s storied history. Don’t miss the chance to be part of the action on this final day where champions are made!
March 11th – March 14th
Free Recreational Programs in Markham for LNHL
Discover the joy of play and creativity with Markham’s free community offerings! Our vibrant selection of complimentary activities range from energetic sports sessions to tranquil arts and crafts, ensuring that families and children of all ages have the opportunity to enjoy, learn, and engage in a variety of fun experiences.