OHL Playoff Format


The top eight teams in each conference qualify for the OHL playoffs with the division leaders ranked one-two in each Conference.

All series throughout the OHL Playoffs are played in a best-of-seven format.

In the first round of the playoffs, first place plays eighth, second plays seventh, third plays sixth and fourth plays fifth in each conference.

Teams are re-seeded within their conference after each round and the division winners are always ranked 1-2 within the conference as long as they progress. The champions from each conference play in the OHL Championship Series for the J. Ross Robertson Cup.

The OHL Playoffs are scheduled to begin on the Thursday following the conclusion of the regular season. Required tie-breaking games would be played on the preceding Monday through Wednesday.