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 2019, A total of 303 players were selected in the 15-round process from 94 different teams across Ontario and parts of the United States. The selected players included 174 forwards, 105 defencemen, and 24 goaltenders. While 298 of the players chosen were 2003-born athletes, also eligible for selection were non-overage players not carded with an Ontario based Midget AAA team from protected OHL territories. Four players born in 2002 were chosen under this criteria. First overall pick Shane Wright, who was granted exceptional status by the OHF in partnership with Hockey Canada, was the lone 2004-born player chosen.
The Greater Toronto Hockey League led the way with 81 players selected from 11 different organizations. The OHL Cup champion Don Mills Flyers led the GTHL and the entire draft with 14 players selected including four in the first round. The GTHL Finalist Toronto Marlboros trailed close behind with 13 selections, the OHL Cup Finalist Toronto Red Wings produced 12 and the Mississauga Rebels and Toronto Nationals each wrapped things up with 11. The OMHA featured 74 different players selected from across 21 different organizations led by the North Central Predators and Whitby Wildcats who each developed seven. The Guelph Gryphons and York-Simcoe Express both had six players drafted while the OMHA silver medalist Halton Hurricanes featured five. The ALLIANCE produced 40 different players drafted from 11 different teams led by the London Jr. Knights with eight. The ALLIANCE champion Brantford 99ers had six players drafted while the Kitchener Jr. Rangers and Waterloo Wolves each had five. The HEO developed 24 OHL selections from 11 different Midget AAA teams led by the league champion Pembroke Lumber Kings with six. The NOHA produced 14 draft selections from three different teams, paced by the Sudbury Minor Midget Wolves who featured nine. A pair of Thunder Bay Kings players were chosen, representing Hockey Northern Ontario. An additional two players were chosen from other Canadian and non-GTHL AAA programs while the remaining 66 players were chosen from 34 different American-based clubs. The Detroit Compuware 16U program led American organizations with nine players chosen while the Detroit Honeybaked 16U program trailed close behind with six.
The fourth round, 74th overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection was dedicated to the memory of former Don Mills Flyers goaltender Roy Pejcinovski who tragically lost his life last March.
Pre-1998 OHL Priority Selection Historical Results:
Results from 1998 to present can be found here.
Archived Draft Shows:
Historical Draft Media Guides: