The "midget draft" has its roots dating back to the late 1960's when it was held under the auspices of the OHA Junior "A" series as part of the Ontario Hockey Association's annual meetings at the Royal York Hotel.
Through the years, the OHL Priority Selection was held at various locations in Toronto until 1981 when it found a home for 10 years at North York Centennial Arena. Its first time outside of Toronto was in 1991 when the Kitchener Rangers were the host.
The draft order is based on reverse order of the overall regular season standings beginning with non-playoff teams.
A total of 302 players were selected in the 15-round process in 2015 from 90 different teams across Ontario and parts of the United States. The selected players included 170 forwards, 104 defencemen, and 28 goaltenders. 292 players chosen were 1999-born athletes, with eight players born in 1998, and two born in 1997.
The Greater Toronto Hockey League led the way with 81 players selected from 14 different teams including 14 players from the OHL Cup champion Toronto Marlboros, followed by 12 players from the Toronto Titans, and 11 players from both the Don Mills Flyers and the Toronto Jr. Canadiens. The Ontario Minor Hockey Association was represented by 76 players from 22 different teams led by 11 from the OMHA champion Quinte Red Devils, followed by eight from the league finalists the York Simcoe Express. The ALLIANCE had a total of 43 players selected from 10 different teams led by the London Jr. Knights with 11 players selected, followed by eight from the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs. In the Ontario East Minor Hockey League, 27 players were selected from six different teams led by 10 from OEMHL champion Ottawa Valley Titans, and nine from league finalist Ottawa Jr. 67’s. The Northern Ontario Hockey Association had eight players selected from five different teams including three from the Soo Greyhounds, while Hockey Northwestern Ontario had seven players from two teams led by six Thunder Bay Kings. This season there were 49 players selected from 24 different youth programs in the United States led by five players chosen from Detroit Honeybaked. An additional eight players were selected from four different USA prep programs, and three players chosen from various Canadian junior and prep school programs.
OHL Priority Selection Historical Results:
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Historical Draft Media Guides: