OHL Introduces Under-18 Priority Selection

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the introduction of an annual Under-18 Priority Selection for Midget AAA hockey players in Ontario.

The inaugural OHL Under-18 Priority Selection will take place on Wednesday April 12, 2017, beginning at 7:00 pm with picks submitted online by OHL member clubs and displayed in real-time at ontariohockeyleague.com.

“Midget hockey in Ontario features hundreds of talented players who continue to develop their game,” said OHL Commissioner, David Branch. “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.”

The concept of the OHL Under-18 Priority Selection has 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).

“The Ontario Hockey League has long been a leader in the advancement of young athletes and the new Under-18 Priority Selection is a continuation of that development,” said OHF President, Tony Foresi. “We believe this second draft will offer players a chance to develop at their own pace while still working toward their hockey goals.”

“The OHL has added a great incentive for those players who may have required an additional year or two of development to reach their full potential,” said HEO President, Ron McRostie. “HEO is excited that some late developing athletes may have an additional opportunity of reaching their goals.”

“The new Ontario Hockey League Under-18 Priority Selection is a great opportunity for players that have continued to develop in Midget AAA hockey within the province,” said HNO President, Glenn Timko. “We see this U18 draft as a positive opportunity for players in the Northwest, to have another chance at being selected by an Ontario Hockey League club.”

The OHL Under-18 Priority Selection will be held in addition to the league’s current Priority Selection process which takes place this season on Saturday April 8, 2017, for all 2001 birth year players and those eligible players currently not playing Midget hockey.

Eligibility for the OHL Under-18 Priority Selection includes all Midget players (1999 and 2000 birth years for 2017 draft) not currently on an OHL Member Team Protected List who were carded with an Ontario based Midget AAA Hockey Club within the OHF, HEO, or HNO in the current season.

The order of selection for the Under-18 Priority Selection shall be the same as the Under-16 Priority Selection format which is determined through the final preceding regular season schedule.  The non-playoff teams shall select first determined by inverse order of finish, followed by all other teams with the selection position also determined by inverse order of finish.

The inaugural Under-18 Priority Selection will be capped at four rounds with all OHL Member Teams required to draft a minimum of four players.

To enhance opportunities specifically for goaltenders, should an OHL Member Team select a goaltender with one of their selections, the club has the option to select another player (skater only).  An additional round will be added to facilitate the drafting of any additional skaters utilizing the same selection order and process.


Casselman-Embrun Ice Dogs Minor Bantam B win International Silver Stick

The Casselman-Embrun Minor Bantam IceDogs (2016-2017) are on top of the hockey world.  The team went 2-2 in Round Robin play this past weekend (Jan. 12-15, 2017) and qualified for the playoffs. It was a hard battle in the semis going into the 8th period of OT, however, the IceDogs prevailed and defeated the highly favourite Woodstock JR Navy Vets, a strong and now rated “AA” team, which only allowed 1 goal in the 4 games of round-robin play, to therefafter win over a team that had previously beat them in the round-robin in order to be crowned the winners in the Finals to become the 1st ever HEO-Minor - District 3 Rep-B team to win an International Silver Stick Final Championship.

After capturing the Regional Northumberland, ON (Cobourg) title in early December 2016, the Ice Dogs qualified for the Newmarket International SS Finals for January 2017.

This past Thursday, the group of players, coaches, parents and siblings started their trek to Newmarket with one united goal - to win this International tournament.

Game 1: L (1-2) – Barrie Colts A (37-4-5);

Game 2: W (2-1) – Halton Hills Thunder A (22-14-6);

Game 3: W (3-0) – Newmarket Redmen A (Host);

Game 4: L (3-4) – Aurora Tigers A (23-8-10);

Game 5 (Semi-Final): W (2-1) (8OT)– Woodstock JR Navy Jets AA (29-4-5);

Game 6 (Final): W (2-1) – Barrie Colts A (37-4-5).

Congratulations to the Coaching staff for their hard work, implication and dedication. The team, not only did they work hard on the ice but their determination, teamwork and sportsmanship were also unparalleled. 

On a special note, the Casselman-Embrun IceDogs team name will be displayed on the Original Silver Stick located in the Canada Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto this summer. 

HDCO Penalty Free Sweepstakes

Re:  2017 Penalty Free Sweepstakes Promotion

Once again we request your assistance in raising awareness of the Penalty Free Sweepstakes program contest, which concludes January 31st.   We encourage all member associations to continue to promote the Sweepstakes program to their membership by including the Sweepstakes information on their respective web sites, social media, newsletters or other communications vehicles. 

Please use the following URL  http://hdco.on.ca/penalty_details  

The 2017 PFS Official Entry Form and PFS MVP Nomination form can be accessed from this link.

Ottawa Sens Major Bantam AAA

We received this story which just begs to be published and shows how our members can make a difference.

Community Spirit!

Hockey teaches many different things: determination, dedication, teamwork and leadership. It also teaches kids about sacrifice, integrity and character.

This December 2016, the Ottawa Sens Major Bantam AAA team sponsored a family through the ‘Adopt a Family’ program with the Kanata Food Cupboard. Over 450 families received food and gifts this holiday season due to the kindness and support of many volunteers.

We are proud of this team for taking time to provide a family with a memorable Christmas this year. This kind of community spirit not only helps people in need, but it teaches us about teamwork and helps develop our kids into responsible citizens.


Tom Renney announced that Hockey Canada’s chief operating officer, Scott Smith, has been appointed president and COO effective July 1, 2017.
Renney, who joined the organization as president and CEO in 2014, will continue to lead and set the direction for Hockey Canada in his role as chief executive officer. He said the move to promote Smith will allow the organization to more effectively deliver on its mandate to grow the game within Canada, and abroad.

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Rogers Hometown Hockey Cheer Like Never Before

Hey Ottawa! Rogers Hometown Hockey wants to hear you Cheer Like Never Before!

What’s up for grabs?

Your team could win the ultimate hockey experience, including a Stanley Cup® Playoffs Viewing Party hosted by an NHL® Alumni in your very own hometown! Plus, get an on-ice hockey experience hosted by a surprise guest, meet and greet with NHL® Alumni and a surprise equipment package!

Here’s what you need to do:

•             Record a 10-30 second video of your teams cheer and share your video encouraging your team’s fans to vote for your cheer online. The top 5 teams with the most votes will be invited to take part in the festivities when the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour visits your town. The winning team in each town will be in the running to win an ultimate hockey experience.

Spread the word! Let your friends and family know about the contest so everyone is ready to vote.

Upload your team cheer here

1. Create a youtube account

2. Upload your cheer video to youtube

3. Import youtube video to

ATTENTION OTTAWA: The deadline to upload your team cheer is Monday, March 13th @ 11:59pm local time