Article via the Ontario Hockey League
Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today conducted the 2015 OHL Priority Selection presented by State Farm for players born between January 1, 1996, and December 31, 1999.
A total of 302 players were selected in the 15-round process 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.
“Congratulations to all 302 players chosen in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection, their families, and the many minor hockey coaches and organizations who have helped support and develop these tremendous student athletes,” said Darrell Woodley, Director of OHL Central Scouting. “Being selected by an OHL team is a tremendous accomplishment but also marks a new beginning on your road to the next level, with opportunity for success given the right attitude and work ethic. Players not selected today should remain proud of their minor hockey season where continued hard work may present new opportunities for future success. Best of luck to all players in pursuing your hockey and academic goals.”
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.
This season marked the 15th straight year the Priority Selection was conducted by way of the internet, and eighth straight year with a live draft show of the first three rounds.
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