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 303 players were selected in the 15-round process of the 2012 OHL Priority Selection from 84 different programs across Ontario and parts of the United States. The selected players included 167 forwards, 105 defencemen, and 31 goaltenders with a total of 154 players selected in the draft that competed in the 2012 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament. The Ontario Minor Hockey Association led the way with 83 players selected from 22 different teams including 11 players from the York Simcoe Express. The Greater Toronto Hockey League had 76 players selected from 11 different teams with both the Toronto Marlboros and Mississauga Rebels leading all clubs with 15 players selected including five Marlies and four Rebels in the first round. There were 50 players selected from 25 different American programs including seven players selected from Detroit Belle Tire. The ALLIANCE had a total of 48 players selected representing 12 different clubs led by 10 players selected from the London Jr. Knights Gold program. In the Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association, a total of 24 players were selected from five different teams including eight players chosen from the Ottawa Jr. 67’s. The Northern Ontario Hockey Association had 15 players selected from five different teams including six players from the Sault Ste. Marie North Stars, while four players from the Thunder Bay Kings represented Hockey Northwestern Ontario. There were also three players selected from various other hockey programs in Canada.
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