2019 SHI Tournament

The 25th Anniversary SHI Tournament
March 27-30, 2019
Toronto, Ontario

2019 marks the 25th Anniversary of the SHI tournament which had had it’s start with the Gateway Locomotives hosting the Grandravine Tornadoes in 1994. Grandravine Special Hockey is proud to be the host this 25th anniversary edition and welcomes all special hockey teams from across North America and Europe to join us in celebrating this very special event.

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The full tournament video is now ready. For all those that attended you can re-live some of those special moments. For those of you that were not able to attend, you get a glimpse of what went on at the 25th Anniversary Special Hockey international Tournament. Grandravine Special Hockey was proud to host this special event.


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Missed the closing ceremonies?
Missed the tournament?
Or just want to re-live the memories?
Here are the highlights.

A complete final version will be available to download soon.

Presented by:

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The winning number for the 50/50 drawn at the closing ceremonies was



A member of the Barrie Colts came away with the winner's share of $1592.


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Let the games begin!

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Dave Smith welcomes Viktoria Robeznieks of the Grandravine Tornadoes to the Queens Park press briefing.

With the passage of the Special Hockey Day Act, a private members bill put forth by Peterborough-Kawartha MPP Dave Smith, the Ontario Government has proclaimed March 27 as Special Hockey Day in in the province Ontario. Dave Smith has been involved with special hockey for over a decade and was involved with organizing the tournament in Peterborough in 2017. He has been championing their cause ever since and has led him to have the Ontario Legislature declare March 27, 2019 Special Hockey Day to co-incide with the opening of the 25th Anniversary Special Hockey International Tournament being held in Toronto and being hosted by the Grandravine Tornadoes.

The festivities will begin in the morning at Queens Park where all teams attending the tournament will be invited to tour the Ontario Legislature where the government will be in session. All players attending will receive a personalized scroll with their name on it to commemorate Special Hockey Day.

That evening Dave Smith and other Ontario government representatives will be on hand at the Mattamy Athletic Centre to officiate at the opening ceremonies of the SHI tournament.

A media day was held at Queens Park on January 21 to make the announcement.

MPP Dave Smith announces Special Hockey Day at press briefing on January 21, 2019.

Michael Liotta

The closing ceremonies promises to be a fitting end to this 25th Anniversary SHI Tournament. While many things are still in the planning stages here is a taste of what to expect. It will be held at the International Centre on Saturday, March 30th with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. This is the same venue that hosted this event for the SHI Tournament in 2009, with space to accommodate everyone together.

The banquet will feature a plated 4 course sit down dinner.  Accommodations will be made for those with special dietary restrictions. The cost is free for all athletes, and 2 coaches per team. The cost for all others is $65. per person which must be ordered and paid for by January 31, 2019.  A cash bar will also be available.


Freshly Baked Artisan Rolls w/Butter

Garden Salad


Chicken w/Potatoes and vegetables

Dessert Platter

Coffee and Tea

The main event will be the presentation of the medals to the athletes. We feel that this part of the tournament is very important to the athletes and we want it to be the focus of the event.

There will be other presentations that still in the planning stages, but dancing will definitely be part of that with entertainment provided by Innerphase.

We encourage everyone to be part of the festivities!

Silvia Rizzuto

Pacific Western Transportation has offered to work with anyone that is interested in chartering a bus.  For more information and pricing please contact Tiina Valik directly and mention "SHI Tournament hosted by Grandravine Special Hockey" .

Direct Number for Tiina Valik:  (905) 564-3232, Ext. 284 or 1-800-387-6787

Email:  Tiina@toronto.PWT.ca


Michael Liotta

We are very pleased to announce that the opening ceremonies for the 2019 SHI Tournament will take place at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, formerly Maple Leaf Gardens. Originally built in 1931, this historic hockey mecca served as the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs until they moved to their new accommodations in 1999. After renovations, including a downsized hockey venue and basketball venue, and a name change to the Mattamy Athletic Centre it became the new home of the Ryerson University Rams. We are proud to have the SHI Tournament become part of the history of this storied building.

The opening ceremonies will take place on March 27, 2019 at 7:00 PM. While many details are still in the planning stages here is what we can tell you. The opening ceremonies will feature the Parade of Athletes. Immediately following the opening ceremonies there will be a Meet and Greet in this same venue. This will include the participation of the Hockey Hall of Fame along with a few other surprises still in the works. More details will be released as they become available. Be sure not to miss this kick-off event.

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Many of you have asked about hotels and we now have made arrangements with eight hotels. We have negotiated prices with these hotels and are holding blocks of rooms for the tournament. They are in close proximity to the arenas and some are even within walking distance of subway stops for easy access to downtown Toronto. While registration will not open till September 1st, 2018 you can begin booking rooms now if you wish. We are still negotiating with other hotels and more will be added. You can also book with any other hotel of your choice. For full details go to http://grandravinetornadoes.org/tournament-hotels/

Michael Liotta

Many people have already been asking about information for the 2019 tournament. Here is what we have so far. Registration will start Sept. 1, 2018 and will close December 31, 2018. Opening ceremonies will be on Wednesday evening, March 27, 2019. (Time and venue TBD). Games will place on March 28-30 at Scotiabank Pond and Chesswood Arena. These two facilities are within a few blocks each other and have a combined total of eight ice pads. The closing ceremonies and banquet will take place on March 30 at the International Centre. The deadline to purchase tickets for the banquet will be January 31, 2019. We are in the process of negotiating with hotels and will have this information shortly.