OHL Completes 2020 Priority Selection, News (Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario)

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OHL Completes 2020 Priority Selection
Submitted By ALLIANCE Hockey on Saturday, April 4, 2020
50 ALLIANCE Players Selected in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today conducted the 2020 OHL Priority Selection presented by Real Canadian Superstore for North American players born in 2004.

The annual Priority Selection was held entirely online, adhering to all government and public health COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines at both the League and member team levels. This year’s unique approach to a very special day was conducted in the interest of ensuring the health and safety of prospects, their families as well as OHL member team and League personnel.

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.

“Congratulations to all 300 players selected in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection and for the commitment that was required to get to where you are today,” said Darrell Woodley, Director of OHL Central Scouting. “There’s a lot of hard work and dedication that goes into this tremendous accomplishment and the excitement extends to families, friends, coaches and teammates of all players involved. Being selected by an OHL team is a big milestone but it’s also just the beginning of your road to the next level. Opportunities for success are available for players with the right attitude and work ethic, including players not selected today, who may find success through next year’s Under-18 Priority Selection. Best of luck to all players in pursuit of your hockey and academic goals.”

The ALLIANCE featured 50 different players selected from across all 12 AAA teams paced by the League Champion Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs with nine trailed by the Hamilton Huskies with seven.

CONGRATULATIONS to all players selected!  Congratulations also to those who have supported the players on their minor hockey journeys; including families, coaches, MHA's
, teammates, etc. 

We are excited to watch as you continue to progress in your hockey experiences.

Rd

Overall

OHL Team

Name

Pos

Ht

Wight

Birth date

ALLIANCE Team ‘19-20

1

4

Soo

McConnell-Barker, Bryce

C

6.00.5

162

06/04/2004

London Jr. Knights MMAAA

1

9

Barrie

Haight, Hunter

C

5.09

145

04/04/2004

Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs MMAAA

2

26

Ottawa

Stonehouse, Brady

RW

5.08.75

167

08/06/2004

Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs MMAAA

2

35

Peterborough

DeZoete, Justin

RW

5.11.25

159

01/02/2004

Hamilton Huskies MMAAA

2

37

Owen Sound

Bryant, Gavin

C

5.11.5

165

07/24/2004

Brantford 99ers MMAAA

3

43

Mississauga

Veccia, Zander

RW

5.09

156

07/27/2004

Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs MMAAA

3

45

Niagara

Roobroeck, Dylan

C

6.03

157

07/27/2004

London Jr. Knights MMAAA

3

55

Barrie

Jelsma, Beau

LW

5.1

165

04/28/2004

Brantford 99ers MMAAA

3

57

Hamilton

Thomas, Patrick

C

5.09.25

146

08/21/2004

Hamilton Huskies MMAAA

4

63

North Bay

Van Steensel, Owen

LW

5.08.75

158

08/04/2004

Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs MMAAA

4

74

Ottawa

Mayich, Matthew

LD

5.11.75

150

12/21/2004

Hamilton Huskies MMAAA

4

75

Saginaw

Klein, Evan

LW

6.01.5

195

01/12/2004

Waterloo Wolves MMAAA

4

76

Owen Sound

Okitundu, Cedricson

LD

5.10.5

185

01/03/2004

Waterloo Wolves MMAAA

5

81

Ottawa

Couchie, Jacob

C

6.00.25

160

01/04/2004

London Jr. Knights MMAAA

5

95

Peterborough

Leskovar, Stevie

RD

5.11.25

151

09/09/2004

Cambridge Hawks MMAAA

6

103

Sarnia

Eveleigh, Liam

LD

5.1

192

11/13/2004

Waterloo Wolves MMAAA

6

115

Peterborough

Gagner, Ryan

C

5.1

140

04/08/2004

Chatham-Kent Cyclones

7

130

Barrie

Chartrand, Nolan

G

6.01.5

164

05/06/2004

Cambridge Hawks MMAAA

7

132

Guelph

Taves, Koen

RD

6.00.25

166

05/19/2004

Sun County Panthers MMAAA

7

136

Flint

Coombs, Carter

C

5.07.5

155

02/21/2004

Huron-Perth Lakers MMAAA

7

138

Guelph

Coups, Ethan

LD

6.01.75

199

10/27/2004

Huron-Perth Lakers MMAAA

8

143

Sarnia

Grover, Dylan

G

6.02.75

148

06/27/2004

Kitchener Jr. Rangers MMAAA

8

146

Hamilton

George, Riley

G

5.10.5

184

02/05/2004

Hamilton Huskies MMAAA

8

158

Saginaw

Wassink, Tyson

RD

6.02

175

01/20/2004

Hamilton Huskies MMAAA

8

160

Ottawa

McKenzie, Colin

G

5.09.25

138

11/30/2004

Waterloo Wolves MMAAA

9

164

Soo

Hookey, Landen

RW

6.01.25

178

01/29/2004

Lambton Jr. Sting MMAAA

9

166

Hamilton

Kindree, Owen

LD

5.11.5

165

06/18/2004

London Jr. Knights MMAAA

9

172

Guelph

Grundner, Gavin

LW

5.11

163

05/12/2004

Windsor AAA Jr. Spitfires MMAAA

9

175

Peterborough

Smith, Konnor

LD

6.02.5

177

11/06/2004

Windsor AAA Jr. Spitfires MMAAA

9

177

Kitchener

Vandenberg, Marcus

G

5.10.25

148

04/25/2004

Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs MMAAA

9

178

Saginaw

Cooper, Ryan

C

5.06

125

08/12/2004

Huron-Perth Lakers MMAAA

9

179

London

Reist, Andy

C

5.11.25

165

05/15/2004

Waterloo Wolves MMAAA

10

183

Sarnia

Harper, Austin

RW

5.06.25

139

02/04/2004

Lambton Jr. Sting MMAAA

10

191

Sudbury

Hoover, Joshua

LD

5.09.75

195

02/15/2004

Lambton Jr. Sting MMAAA

10

198

Saginaw

Balazs, Brandon

RW

5.08

155

01/31/2004

Brantford 99ers MMAAA

10

199

Barrie

Tola, Cristobal

C

6.01

160

05/14/2004

Hamilton Huskies MMAAA

11

214

Windsor

Fritz, Luke

RW

5.09.25

148

01/06/2004

Huron-Perth Lakers MMAAA

11

215

Peterborough

Jewitt, Cory

RW

5.07.5

152

09/01/2004

Huron-Perth Lakers MMAAA

11

216

Flint

Vannetten, Ryan

RD

5.09

135

03/30/2004

Brantford 99ers MMAAA

12

225

Kingston

McKibbin, Nolan

RD

5.10.5

178

04/22/2004

Sun County Panthers MMAAA

12

227

Mississauga

Adkins, Wyatt

RD

5.09

152

02/17/2004

Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs MMAAA

12

240

Ottawa

Amaral, Maddox

C

5.06.5

162

01/12/2004

Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs MMAAA

13

244

Soo

Van De Ven, Caleb

RD

6.01.25

155

11/24/2004

Lambton Jr. Sting MMAAA

13

250

Owen Sound

Bibby, Luke

LW

5.11

165

10/29/2004

Brantford 99ers MMAAA

13

252

Guelph

Carson, Lucas

RW

5.10.5

153

06/19/2004

Waterloo Wolves MMAAA

13

259

London

Dowling, Nate

RW

6

162

01/05/2004

Windsor AAA Jr. Spitfires MMAAA

14

277

Kitchener

Pugliese, Antonino

LW

5.07.75

162

04/09/2004

Hamilton Huskies MMAAA

14

279

London

Willmore, Owen

G

6.00.5

147

12/14/2004

Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs MMAAA

15

292

Guelph

Beer, Brock

LD

6.01

156

10/23/2004

Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs MMAAA

15

294

Windsor

Morneau, Noah

LW

5.07.25

135

05/07/2004

Windsor AAA Jr. Spitfires MMAAA


The Ontario Minor Hockey Association led the way with 79 players selected from across 18 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.  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 eight 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 two players were selected from various other Canadian sources. A strong year from American-based programs saw 74 different players chosen from across 27 clubs. The Detroit Honeybaked U15 program led all Priority Selection teams with 12 players selected.

This season marked the 20th straight year the Priority Selection was conducted by way of the internet.

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