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 2017, a total of 300 players were selected in the 15-round process from 89 different teams across Ontario and parts of the United States. The selected players included 170 forwards, 98 defencemen, and 32 goaltenders.. 295 players chosen were 2001-born athletes, with five players born in 200.
The Ontario Minor Hockey Association led the way 83 players from 22 teams including 48 who compete among 12 ETA teams, and 35 from 10 different SCTA teams. The Quinte Red Devils led the OMHA with 10 players selected, followed by the Brampton 45’s, Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs, and league champion Whitby Wildcats each with eight players chosen. The Greater Toronto Hockey League was represented by 82 players from 11 different teams led by the Toronto Marlboros with 13 players, followed by the OHL Cup champion Mississauga Reps with 11, and the league champion Mississauga Rebels with 10. The ALLIANCE had a total of 46 players selected from 12 different teams led by league champion London Jr. Knights with 11 players, followed by the Waterloo Wolves with eight, and the Cambridge Jr. Hawks with seven. Hockey Eastern Ontario was represented by 19 players on eight different Midget AAA teams including five players from the Cumberland Grads. The Northern Ontario Hockey Association had eight players chosen from three different teams including five members of the North Bay Trappers, while five players were selected from Hockey Northwestern Ontario including four on the Thunder Bay Kings. An additional three players were chosen from various Canadian programs with the remaining 54 players representing 28 different teams from the United States including seven players from Detroit Belle Tire, six from Chicago Mission, and five 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: