OHL Priority Selection Process


In 2001, the Ontario Hockey League conducted the annual Priority Selection process by way of the Internet for the first time in league history.

The new process allowed for eligible players and their families, as well as fans across the league to follow the process in real time online.

The 2021 OHL Priority Selection will once again be conducted online beginning with Rounds 1-3 on Friday, June 4th at 7:00pm followed by Rounds 4-15 on Saturday, June 5th starting at 9:00am. You can follow the entire process online at and streaming live on the OHL’s YouTube channel.

Player Eligibility
North American players born in 2005 and non-overage players that were not registered with an Ontario based midget AAA team from protected OHL territories are eligible for selection in the 15 rounds of the 2021 OHL Priority Selection.

Selected Players in the OHL
OHL Member Teams are permitted to register a maximum of four 16-year-old players selected in the OHL Priority Selection. Those 16 year old players that are allowed to be signed are the first two 16-year-old players selected and a maximum of two additional 16-year-old wild carded players in any round of the OHL Priority Selection.

All other 16-year-old players selected are eligible to be called up as an “affiliated player” or “floating affiliate player” for a maximum of 10 games or for any OHL regular season or playoff games when such player’s team has been eliminated from competition for that season.

Order of Selection
Given the cancellation of the 2020-21 OHL regular season, the order of Selection for the 2021 OHL Priority Selection will be determined by the League’s first-ever Draft Lottery set to take place on Wednesday, May 5th at 7:00pm. The proceedings can be seen live on the OHL’s YouTube channel.

OHL Central Scouting
The Central Scouting Bureau of the Ontario Hockey League is an information service and support organization designed to provide the Member Teams with a reference in regards to the players available for selection in the annual “Priority Selection Process.”

The primary objective of OHL Central Scouting is to identify, rate and rank players to be eligible for the Priority Selection, according to their OHL potential. OHL Member Teams combine player data received from the Central Scouting Bureau with evaluations from their team scouting staffs to make their player selections.

The OHL Central Scouting Bureau has been evaluating players since the 1975-76 season.

OHL Central Scouting Staff
Chief Scout – Darrell Woodley
GTA – Tim Cherry
Central Ontario – John Finlay
Western Ontario – James Kennedy
Northern Ontario – Doug Bonhomme
Ottawa and District – Blake Callaghan
Golden Horseshoe – Dan Wood
Michigan – Kevin Hess
PA/NY/NJ – Joshua Romano
Goaltenders – David Belitski