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 299 players were selected in the 15-round process of the 2013 OHL Priority Selection from 101 different teams across Ontario and parts of the United States. The selected players included 165 forwards, 100 defencemen, and 34 goaltenders. 282 players chosen were 1997-born athletes, with 14 players born in 1996, two born in 1995, and one born in 1998.
The Ontario Minor Hockey Association led the way with 96 players selected from 23 different teams with 12 players from the OHL Cup Champion Oakville Rangers including a draft-high three first round picks, followed by nine players from each of the Barrie Jr. Colts, Whitby Wildcats, and York Simcoe Express. There were 59 players selected from 37 different American programs led by nine players from Detroit Compuware. The Greater Toronto Hockey League had 52 players selected from 14 different teams including the Toronto Marlboros who led the entire Priority Selection with 14 players chosen. The ALLIANCE had a total of 46 players selected representing 10 different clubs led by the London Jr. Knights Gold with nine players selected. The Ontario East Minor Hockey League had 23 players selected from five different clubs led by the Eastern Ontario Wild with seven players selected, while the Northern Ontario Hockey Association had 15 players selected from seven clubs led by five players from the Soo Thunder. Hockey Northwestern Ontario was also represented by four players selected from the Thunder Bay Kings, while four other players were selected from various junior programs in Ontario.
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