OHL Priority Selection History
The “midget draft” has its roots dating back to the late 1960’s when it was held under the auspices of the OHA Junior “A” series as part of the Ontario Hockey Association’s annual meetings at the Royal York Hotel.
Through the years, the OHL Priority Selection was held at various locations in Toronto until 1981 when it found a home for 10 years at North York Centennial Arena. Its first time outside of Toronto was in 1991 when the Kitchener Rangers were the host.
The draft order is based on reverse order of the overall regular season standings beginning with non-playoff teams.
In 2016 a total of 301 players were selected in the 15-round process from 91 different teams across Ontario and parts of the United States. The selected players included 171 forwards, 99 defencemen, and 31 goaltenders. 292 players chosen were 2000-born athletes, with nine players born in 1999.
The Ontario Minor Hockey Association led the way with 86 players from 19 teams including 53 who compete among 11 ETA teams, and 33 from eight different SCTA teams. The OHL Cup Champion York Simcoe Express led the OMHA with 12 players selected, followed by the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs with 10 players chosen. The Greater Toronto Hockey League was represented by 82 players from 13 different teams led by the league champion Mississauga Rebels with 15 players, followed by both the Toronto Marlboros and Toronto Red Wings each with 12 players chosen. The ALLIANCE had a total of 36 players selected from 12 different teams led by the league champion Waterloo Wolves with nine players selected. Hockey Eastern Ontario was represented by 22 players on 11 different Midget AAA teams including five players from the Cumberland Grads. The Northern Ontario Hockey Association had 12 players chosen from four different teams including seven players from the Sudbury Minor Midget Wolves, while one player was selected from Hockey Northwestern Ontario competing for the Thunder Bay Kings. An additional four players were chosen from various Canadian junior and prep school programs with the remaining 58 players representing 27 different teams from the United States led by seven players from Detroit Honeybaked.
Pre-1998 OHL Priority Selection Historical Results:
Results from 1998 to present can be found here.
Archived Draft Shows:
Historical Draft Media Guides: