OHL Completes 2021 Priority Selection, News (Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario)

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OHL Completes 2021 Priority Selection
Submitted By OHL/ALLIANCE on Monday, June 7, 2021
Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today concluded the 2021 OHL Priority Selection presented by Real Canadian Superstore for North American players born predominantly in 2005.
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 299 players were selected in the 15-round process from 83 different teams across Ontario and parts of the United States. The selected players included 177 forwards, 94 defencemen and 28 goaltenders. While 296 of the players chosen were 2005-born athletes, an additional three from U.S.-based programs were born in 2004.

“Congratulations to all 299 players selected in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection and for the perseverance you’ve shown throughout a very challenging season,” said Darrell Woodley, Director of OHL Central Scouting. “We’ve had a year like no other, and this year’s Priority Selection has brought a lot of joy to players, their families, friends, coaches and teammates that helped support along the way. I know I speak for a lot of people when I express my excitement about the months ahead as we prepare for a new season. Best of luck to all players in your continued efforts on the ice and in the classroom.”

The Priority Selection was held over a span of two days for the first time since first being conducted online in 2001, with the order of selection determined through the League’s first-ever Priority Selection Lottery held on May 5. History was made when the Sarnia Sting selected Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs goaltender Taya Currie in the 14th round (267th overall), making her the first female player ever chosen in the OHL Priority Selection.

ALLIANCE Hockey produced a total of 45 selections from across 12 different teams led by the Waterloo Wolves with nine.

Team Selections
Brantford 99ers U16 AAA 2
Cambridge Hawks U16 AAA 1
Chatham-Kent Cyclones U16 AAA 2
Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs U16 AAA 6
Hamilton Huskies U16 AAA 2
Huron-Perth Lakers U16 AAA 3
Kitchener Jr. Rangers U16 AAA 5
Lambton Jr. Sting U16 AAA 3
London Jr. Knights U16 AAA 3
Sun County Panthers U16 AAA 5
Waterloo Wolves U16 AAA 9
Windsor AAA Zn Jr. Spitfires U16 4

Congratulations to all players, teams and Associations on an exciting Priority Selection.

This season marked the 21st straight year the Priority Selection was conducted by way of the internet, carried out in partnership with Rinknet. The event was streamed in its entirety on the OHL’s YouTube channel.

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