First Edition of Minor Midget Top-10 Rankings for Annual Showcase Tournament

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the first edition of the weekly minor midget rankings for the 2013 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

The weekly rankings are determined by a panel of OHL Central Scouting Staff and represent the top teams that are competing to play in the annual year-end championship tournament which takes place March 12-17, 2013, at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, ON, and Herb Carnegie Arena in Toronto.   


Minor Midget Rankings for the 2012 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament – Week 1

RANK:                   TEAM:                                          LEAGUE:
1.                     Oakville Rangers                OMHA
2.                     Detroit Compuware             USA
3.                     York Simcoe Express           OMHA
4.                     Toronto Jr. Canadiens         GTHL
5.                     Elgin Middlesex Chiefs         ALLIANCE
6.                     Mississauga Rebels             GTHL
7.                     Southern Tier Admirals        OMHA
8.                     Ottawa Senators                 ODMHA
9.                     London Jr. Knights Gold       ALLIANCE
10.                   Barrie Jr. Colts                    OMHA

Honourable Mentions:
Toronto Marlies                            GTHL
Whitby Wildcats                           OMHA
Upper Canada Cyclones                ODMHA


The tournament includes 20 participating teams from across Ontario and the United States.  The champions and finalists from minor hockey associations in Ontario, including the GTHL, OMHA, ODMHA, ALLIANCE, and an NOHA representative will participate in the tournament with additional teams identified by the Tournament Selection Committee.


Last season the Mississauga Rebels captured their second OHL Cup title in three years following a dramatic 2-1 overtime win against the Toronto Marlies.  The Championship Final featured nine players selected in the first round of the 2012 OHL Priority Selection including Players of the Game goaltender Liam Herbst of the Rebels and Roland McKeown of the Marlies.  First overall pick Connor McDavid was named Tournament MVP scoring an incredible 19 points in seven tournament games.


A total of 154 players that competed in the 2012 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament were selected in the OHL Priority Selection including 17 first round picks and nine of the top-10 players selected including McDavid (1st overall to Erie Otters), McKeown (2nd overall to Kingston Frontenacs), Jared McCann (London Jr. Knights Gold, 4th overall to Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds), Josh Ho-Sang (Toronto Marlies, 5th overall to Windsor Spitfires), Robby Fabbri (Mississauga Rebels, 6th overall to Guelph Storm), Michael Dal Colle (Vaughan Kings, 7th overall to Oshawa Generals), Jacob Middleton (Huron Perth Lakers, 8th overall to Owen Sound Attack), Sam Bennett (Toronto Marlies, 9th overall to Kingston Frontenacs), and Niki Petti (Southern Tier Admirals, 10th overall to Belleville Bulls).


Three of the last five players selected first overall in the NHL Entry Draft are OHL and OHL Cup graduates including Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers, John Tavares of the New York Islanders, and Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  2011 NHL Rookie of the Year Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes also competed in this event, as did 2012 NHL Entry Draft first round picks and current OHL stars Thomas Wilson, Scott Laughton, Malcolm Subban, and Brendan Gaunce.


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