It wasn’t supposed to last.
Very few — myself included — took it seriously and many of us predicted its quick demise.
But the junior A level Greater Metro Hockey League, which was founded in 2006 and began play with seven teams, has stood the test of time while continuing to grow.
Operating outside the guidelines of Hockey Canada, the GMHL is now a four-division, 22-team league.
Founded by Bobby Russell, a former early-1970s Ontario Hockey League scoring star with the Sudbury Wolves, and his business partner Ken Girard, the GMHL now features teams in northern Ontario and northern Quebec, in southeastern, southwestern and central Ontario as well as the Greater Toronto Area.
The little league that wasn’t supposed to last has proven the naysayers — again, myself included — wrong.
Meantime, sources are saying that the GMHL is poised to further expand for the 2015-2016 season.
Where is the GMHL headed next?
I can’t say for sure.
But I no longer doubt Russell, Girard and the GMHL.