OHL Completes 2021 U18 Priority Selection, News (Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario)

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OHL Completes 2021 U18 Priority Selection
Submitted By OHL/ALLIANCE Hockey on Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today conducted the fifth annual OHL Under-18 Priority Selection for U18 AAA hockey players in Ontario.
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 2021 OHL Under-18 Priority Selection included all U18 players (2003 and 2004 birth years) not currently on an OHL Member Team Protected List who were carded with an Ontario based U18 AAA Hockey Club within the Ontario Hockey Federation, Hockey Eastern Ontario or Hockey Northwestern Ontario in the current season.

A total of 50 players were selected from 34 different teams and included 21 forwards, 19 defencemen and 10 goaltenders. 49 of the 50 players selected were born in 2004.

There were a total of 12 ALLIANCE Hockey selections made - congratulations to the following players:

RD OV Team Player Name Pos Height Weight DOB Last Team
1 12 Kitchener Ferras, Mitchell C 5.1 149 01/16/2004 Brantford 99ers U18 AAA
1 17 Windsor Bouck, Tyler G 6.03 175 01/12/2004 London Jr. Knights U18 AAA
1 20 Niagara Piroski, Boe G 6.01 176 03/04/2004 Windsor AAA Zn Jr. Spitfires U18
2 21 Niagara Bacchus, Jason LD 5.09.25 145 02/08/2004 Lambton Jr. Sting U18 AAA
2 28 Peterborough Reyers, Jaden C 6.00.5 189 06/01/2004 Kitchener Jr. Rangers U18 AAA
2 30 Owen Sound Higgins, Ty RD 5.08 157 09/26/2004 Waterloo Wolves U18 AAA
2 33 Barrie Koropatnicki, Connor RW 6.02 192 04/15/2004 Hamilton Huskies U18 AAA
2 34 Hamilton Gallant, Tage LW 5.08.5 145 03/03/2004 Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs U18 AAA
2 40 London McBride, Adrian G 6.00.25 154 06/24/2004 Windsor AAA Zn Jr. Spitfires U18
3 41 London Julien, Jacob C 6.02 167 09/12/2004 London Jr. Knights U18 AAA
3 46 Sarnia MacDonald, Owen LD 5.11.75 169 08/28/2004 Lambton Jr. Sting U18 AAA
3 49 Oshawa Lee, Jaden RW 5.1 170 07/04/2004 Hamilton Huskies U18 AAA


“Congratulations to all 50 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 perseverance through a trying season that had its share of challenges for everyone. The Under-18 Priority Selection has provided the OHL with a number of quality players since its inception in 2017, and it presents another opportunity for prospects to further their development and showcase themselves in an effort to become the best player they can be.”

Winners of the Under-18 Priority Selection Draft Lottery back on May 5, the London Knights used the first overall pick to select centreman Abakar Kazbekov from the Mississauga Senators U18 program. A 6-foot-1, 177Ib. left-shot originally hailing from Russia before spending his 2019-20 campaign with the Vaughan Kings U16 team, Kazbekov becomes the Knights’ highest-selected player in the five-year history of the event. The Saginaw Spirit followed-up with the selection of Soo Jr. Greyhounds winger Calem Mangone before the Soo Greyhounds rounded-out the top three adding Whitby Wildcats right-winger James Johnson.

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 Greater Toronto Hockey League and Ontario Minor Hockey Association produced 15 selections each followed by the Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario with 12, Hockey Eastern Ontario with five and the Northern Ontario Hockey Association with three. The Mississauga Reps and Whitby Wildcats led all teams with four players selected.

The OHL Under-18 Priority Selection was conducted in partnership with RinkNet 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.

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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