OHL Completes 2020 Under-18 Priority Selection, News (Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario)

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OHL Completes 2020 Under-18 Priority Selection
Submitted By OHL on Wednesday, April 8, 2020
10 ALLIANCE Players Selected in the 2020 U18 OHL Priority Selection

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today conducted the fourth annual OHL Under-18 Priority Selection for Midget AAA hockey players in Ontario.T

The annual Under-18 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.

Eligibility for the 2020 OHL Under-18 Priority Selection included all Midget players (2002 and 2003 birth years) not currently on an OHL Member Team Protected List who were carded with an Ontario based Midget AAA Hockey Club within the Ontario Hockey Federation, Hockey Eastern Ontario or Hockey Northwestern Ontario in the current season.

A total of 56 players were selected from 34 different teams and included 30 forwards, 16 goaltenders and 10 defencemen. 55 of the 56 players selected were born in 2003 including 45 with birthdays before September.

The ALLIANCE featured 10 different selections from six different clubs led by the Windsor Jr. Spitfires with four players selected. 

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 Wt Birth date ALLIANCE Team
1 14 Windsor Park, Alexander RD 5.11.5 150 07/17/2003 Windsor AAA Zn Jr. Spitfires
1 16 Flint Couvillon, Kale RW 5.05 166 12/09/2003 Windsor AAA Zn Jr. Spitfires
2 26 Hamilton Hage, Omar G 5.11.75 173 05/24/2003 London Jr. Knights
2 28 Erie Nicholls, Marshall G 5.10.5 155 06/18/2003 Waterloo Wolves
2 30 Owen Sound Bates, Benjamin G 6.02.75 194 11/15/2003 Kitchener Jr. Rangers
2 34 Windsor Dobrich, Luka G 5.11 164 03/13/2003 Windsor AAA Zn Jr. Spitfires
2 39 London Lucarelli, Anthony C 6.00.75 176 10/16/2003 Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs
3 49 Owen Sound Hudson, Chet LW 5.09.75 149 08/25/2003 Huron-Perth Lakers
3 52 Oshawa Piccolo, Gabriel C 5.07.75 152 05/15/2003 Windsor AAA Zn Jr. Spitfires
3 53 Windsor McLlwain, Jackson LW 5.10 153 05/20/2003 Huron-Perth Lakers

“Congratulations to all 56 players selected today,” said OHL Director of Player Recruitment Kyle Pereira. “It’s an exciting day for players, family members, coaches and teammates to celebrate continued hard work and high performance throughout the Ontario Midget AAA hockey ranks. We’ve seen several players propel themselves into the Ontario Hockey League through the OHL Under-18 Priority Selection and for those players selected, this is just another opportunity to get better every single day, showcase yourself and further your development.”

For the first time in the four years of the annual event a forward was selected with the first overall pick as Oakville Rangers winger Kevin Henstock was taken by the North Bay Battalion. Netminders then accounted for the next three consecutive picks as the Niagara IceDogs selected Jacob Osborne of the Ottawa Senators U18 second overall, the Sarnia Sting took Anson Thornton of the Toronto Titans third overall and the Soo Greyhounds picked up Samuel Ivanov of the Vaughan Kings fourth overall.

All OHL member teams were required to draft a minimum of two players, however to enhance opportunities specifically for goaltenders, clubs selecting a goaltender with one of their selections had the option to select another player (skater only) in a third round.

The Ontario Minor Hockey Association had the most players selected with 26 chosen from 13 different teams led by the Whitby Wildcats with four followed by the Ajax-Pickering Raiders, Guelph Gryphons, North Central Predators and Oakville Rangers each with three. Hockey Eastern Ontario produced 13 selections from nine different teams led by the Brockville Braves with three. The Greater Toronto Hockey League had six players chosen from five different teams led by two from the Toronto Titans. The North Bay Trappers developed the NOHA’s lone player chosen in the Priority Selection.

The OHL Under-18 Priority Selection was conducted in partnership with HockeyTech as picks were submitted online by OHL member clubs and displayed in real time at ontariohockeyleague.com. The selections were also streamed live on the OHL’s YouTube channel along with accompanying audio.

Announced in January 2017, the concept of the OHL Under-18 Priority Selection was developed with full support from Hockey Canada’s three Ontario Branches including the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF), Hockey Eastern Ontario (HEO), and Hockey Northwestern Ontario (HNO).

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