Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced several new changes to league policy adopted at the league’s Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors.
Trading of Draft Choices:
Commencing on September 1, 2018, OHL Member Teams will be allowed to trade draft choices a maximum of six years into the future, transitioning to five years prior to the commencement of the 2020 OHL Priority Selection and four years prior to the 2021 OHL Priority Selection.
At the conclusion of the phase-in period, league policy will stipulate that OHL Member Teams may only trade a draft choice four years into the future.
Final League Standing:
The OHL shall eliminate shootout wins in the win total as it applies to the first tie-breaker between two or more teams of equal points during the league regular season of games and final league standing so that wins includes only regulation and overtime victories in a tie-breaking scenario.
The Tie Breaking System shall now read as follows:
If two or more teams are tied for the final OHL playoff position in either conference, sudden-death playoff games will be used to determine the team that advances, with the home team for such tie-breaker game being determined through the OHL standard tie-breaking system listed below.
For all other playoff positions, the following tie-breaking system is in place:
- The team with the most number of wins (excluding shootout wins) during the regular season shall be declared higher in the standings.
- If two teams are still tied, the team with the best record in head-to-head competition (based on points including overtime and shootout losses) shall be declared higher in the standings. If more than two teams are tied after the first tie-breaker, the percentage of available points earned in games among each other shall be used to determine the standing.
- If still tied, the team with the greater differential between goals scored for and against by clubs having equal standing after the second tie-breaker shall be declared higher in the standings
All intermissions shall be 17 minutes in length throughout the regular season.
Also part of the Annual Meeting was a special presentation made to long-time OHL coach and executive Larry Mavety who was honoured as the 2018 recipient of the Bill Long Award for Distinguished Service in recognition and appreciation of his outstanding contributions to the OHL.
OHL Training Camps are now underway with the Exhibition Season commencing on August 31 highlighted by showcase events at Buffalo’s Harborcenter and the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. The regular season schedule begins on Wednesday September 19.