Flint, Mich. – Following the 2019 OHL Priority Selection held this past Saturday, Apr. 6, the Firebirds are set for the third annual Under-18 Priority Selection where no fewer than 40 players born in 2001 and 2002 will be chosen from Midget AAA programs from across the province. The draft takes place tonight, Wednesday, Apr. 10, beginning at 7 p.m. with picks submitted online by OHL member clubs and displayed in real-time at ontariohockeyleague.com. It consists of two rounds, including a third pick option for clubs who select a goaltender.
“There is no specific timeline on the development of a hockey player,” said Joe Birch, OHL Senior Director of Hockey Development and Special Events. “The OHL Under-18 Priority Selection benefits players who have taken advantage of Midget AAA programs to further their overall hockey development.”
“Midget hockey in Ontario features hundreds of talented players who continue to develop their game,” said OHL Commissioner, David Branch prior to last year’s draft. “Working with our Minor Hockey partners, the OHL Under-18 Priority Selection will serve to assist in the continued growth of Midget hockey and provide further opportunities for players at different stages of their overall hockey development.”
2019 U-18 Priority Selection (April 10th, 2019)
||Toronto Nationals (GTHL)
||Windsor Jr. Spitfires (MHAO)
||Toronto Titans (GTHL)
The concept for the OHL Under-18 Priority Selection was developed in 2017 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), to assist in the growth of Midget hockey and provide further opportunities for players at different stages of their hockey development.
OHL U18 Draft Picks in the OHL:
Victor Hadfield (Barrie Colts, 1st overall 2017), Emmett Serensits (Sudbury Wolves, 7th overall 2017), Cameron Gaylor (Mississauga Steelheads, 13th overall 2017), Marko Jakovljevic (Sarnia Sting, 28th overall 2017), Kaleb Pearson (Owen Sound Attack, 29th overall 2017), Seva Losev(Ottawa 67’s, 46th overall 2017), Blake Curran (Peterborough Petes, 55th overall 2017).
Mitchell Weeks (Sudbury Wolves, 1st overall 2018), Dustin Hutton (Peterborough Petes, 3rd overall 2018), Daniel D’Amato (Erie Otters, 4th overall 2018), Jesse Dick (Ottawa 67’s, 6th overall 2018), Tanner Wickware (Guelph Storm, 7th overall 2018), Griffin Wilson (Owen Sound Attack, 15th overall 2018).
Players Eligible for Selection:
All Midget players not currently on a CHL Member Team Protected List who were carded with a Midget AAA Hockey Club within the OHF, HNO, or HEO in the 2018-19 playing season are eligible for selection in the OHL Under-18 Priority Selection.
Once selected, players will be added to a separately designated Under-18 Priority Selection protected list, distinct from the 50-man protected list for players selected in the OHL Priority Selection or committing to OHL member teams as free agents.
The Under-18 Priority Selection Process is capped at two rounds with each OHL Member Team required to select two players.
The order of selection is determined through the final standings at the conclusion of the 2018-19 playing season with the non-playoff teams selecting first, determined by inverse order of finish followed by all other teams with the selection position determined by inverse order of finish.
The Kingston Frontenacs will select first overall, followed by the Flint Firebirds, Erie Otters, Barrie Colts, and the Windsor Spitfires rounding out the top five selections.
Should a Member Team select a goalie with one of their two selections, the Club has the option to select another player (skater only). There will be an additional round added to the Under-18 Priority Selection to facilitate the drafting of the additional skater utilizing the same selection order and process.
General Rules of Selection:
OHL Member Teams may utilize a maximum of five minutes to select a player through the duration of the Under-18 Priority Selection.
Each OHL Member Team will have the opportunity for one two minute timeout during the Under-18 Priority Selection.
For more information:
Director of Broadcasting & Communications
Flint Firebirds Hockey Club