Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today conducted the 2014 OHL Priority Selection presented by State Farm for players born between January 1, 1995, and December 31, 1998.
A total of 300 players were selected in the 15-round process from 90 different teams across Ontario and parts of the United States. The selected players included 167 forwards, 96 defencemen, and 37 goaltenders. 287 players chosen were 1998-born athletes, with nine players born in 1997, three born in 1996, and one born in 1995.
“Congratulations to all 300 student athletes and their families chosen in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection,” said Darrell Woodley, Director of OHL Central Scouting. “Being selected by an OHL team is a tremendous accomplishment but also marks the start of your road to the next level with opportunity for success given the right attitude and work ethic. Players not selected today should still be proud of their minor hockey season where continued hard work can still open new opportunities for future success. Best of luck to all players in pursuing their hockey and academic goals.”
The Ontario Minor Hockey Association led the way with 104 players selected from 21 different teams including 14 players from the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs, followed by nine players from both the OMHA champion Whitby Wildcats and the Halton Hurricanes. There were 68 players selected from 12 different Greater Toronto Hockey League organizations led by 13 from the OHL Cup champion Toronto Marlboros who also led the first round with four players selected. The GTHL champion Toronto Jr. Canadiens had 12 players selected, followed by the Vaughan Kings and the Mississauga Senators with seven players each. This season there were 45 players selected from 25 different programs in the United States led by eight players from Detroit Honeybaked , followed by four from both Chicago Mission and Detroit Compuware. The ALLIANCE had a total of 40 players selected representing 12 different clubs led by the league champion Waterloo Wolves with seven players selected followed by the Chatham Cyclones with six players selected. In the OEMHL, 24 players were selected from six different teams led by eight from the league champion Ottawa Valley Titans, and five from league finalists the Ottawa Jr. 67’s. In addition, nine players were selected from three different Northern Ontario Hockey Association clubs including four members of the Soo Thunder, three players were selected from Hockey Northwestern Ontario’s Thunder Bay Kings, while seven other players were selected from various programs in Ontario and across Canada.
This season marked the 14th straight year the Priority Selection was conducted by way of the internet, and seventh straight year with a live draft show of the first three rounds.