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 2020, a total of 300 players were selected in the 15-round process from 87 different teams across Ontario and parts of the United States. The selected players included 176 forwards, 94 defencemen, and 30 goaltenders. While 290 of the players chosen were 2004-born athletes, also eligible for selection were non-overage players not carded with an Ontario-based Midget AAA team from protected OHL territories. Nine players born in 2003 where chosen under this criteria along with one player born in 2002.
The Ontario Minor Hockey Association led the way with 79 players selected from across 19 different organizations. The league champion Quinte Red Devils led OMHA clubs with 10 players selected followed by the Oshawa Generals, Southern Tier Admirals and Whitby Wildcats each with seven. The Greater Toronto Hockey League produced a total of 66 players from across 12 different programs led by the league champion Toronto Jr. Canadiens and Toronto Titans with 11 players each followed by the Toronto Marlboros and Toronto Nationals each with 10. The ALLIANCE featured 50 different players selected from across 12 different teams paced by the league champion Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs with nine trailed by the Hamilton Huskies with seven. Hockey Eastern Ontario produced 20 selections from nine different teams led by the Kanata Lasers and Rockland Nationals with four picks each. The Northern Ontario Hockey Association produced seven selections led by the North Bay Trappers and Soo Jr. Greyhounds with three players apiece while Hockey Northwestern Ontario featured one selection from the Thunder Bay Kings. An additional three players were selected from various other Canadian sources. A strong year from American-based programs saw 74 different players chosen from across 27 different teams. The Detroit Honeybaked U15 program led all Priority Selection teams with 12 players selected while Detroit Compuware produced a collective 12 between their U15 and U16 teams.
Pre-1998 OHL Priority Selection Historical Results:
Results from 1998 to present can be found here.
Archived Draft Shows:
Historical Draft Media Guides: