ALLIANCE’S London Jr. Knights and Waterloo Wolves Officially Qualify for 2016 OHL Cup
5-Teams Advance to OMHA Championship March 4-6
Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the fourteenth edition of the weekly minor midget rankings for the 2016 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League.
The weekly rankings are determined by a panel of OHL Central Scouting Staff and represent the top teams that are competing to play in the annual year-end championship tournament which takes place March 15-21, 2016. All games will be played at the Scotiabank Pond in Toronto until the Championship Final moves to the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Monday March 21.
Minor Midget Rankings for the 2016 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament – Week 14
|RANK||TEAM||LEAGUE||LAST WEEK||WEEKS RANKED|
|2||York Simcoe Express||OMHA||2||14|
|4||Toronto Jr. Canadiens||GTHL||4||14|
|5||Barrie Jr. Colts||OMHA||6||13|
|6||Toronto Red Wings||GTHL||5||14|
|7||Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs||OMHA||7||14|
|9||London Jr. Knights||ALLIANCE||–||2|
|10||Southern Tier Admirals||OMHA||10||2|
|Kitchener Jr. Rangers||ALLIANCE||–||–|
|Quinte Red Devils||OMHA||–||–|
|Don Mills Flyers||GTHL||9||11|
The London Jr. Knights and the Waterloo Wolves have officially clinched spots in the 2016 OHL Cup by advancing to the ALLIANCE Championship Series. The Knights defeated the Windsor Jr. Spitfires, while the Wolves defeated the Kitchener Jr. Rangers in league Semi-Final action. The Spitfires and Rangers will now compete in a Semi-Final Wild Card Series with the winner earning automatic entry into the 2016 OHL Cup, while the losing team will compete in one of five Wild Card Play-In Games for tournament qualification.
The five-team field is also set for the 2016 OMHA Championship weekend March 4-6 in Bowmanville, ON, and features the York Simcoe Express, Barrie Jr. Colts, Southern Tier Admirals, Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs, and host Clarington Toros. The top four teams following the weekend tournament will automatically qualify for the 2016 OHL Cup, while the fifth place team will compete in one of five Wild Card Play-In Games for tournament qualification. Also competing for a guaranteed spot in one of the five Wild Card Play-In Games are the OMHA’s SCTA Semi-Finalists the Halton Hurricanes facing off against the Niagara North Stars.
Four teams from the GTHL have already officially qualified for the 2016 OHL Cup by advancing to their league Semi-Finals including the Mississauga Rebels, Toronto Marlies, Toronto Red Wings, and Toronto Jr. Canadiens. The Jr. Canadiens are facing the Marlies, and the Rebels are squaring off against the Red Wings in best-of-eight point series. Also underway is the GTHL Wild Card Series featuring the four teams eliminated from the first round of playoffs including the Don Mills Flyers against the Vaughan Kings, and the Mississauga Senators against the Markham Majors for the opportunity to keep their hopes alive with Wild Card tournament entry.
The OHL Cup continues to showcase 20 participating teams from across Ontario and the United States, but as of February, 2016, 15 of the 20 spots are now guaranteed through league competition. The 15 guaranteed spots include all four GTHL Semi-Finalists, and the top four teams that place at the OMHA Championship. Three teams from the ALLIANCE will still be guaranteed a spot in the tournament including the Champion and Finalist, along with the winner of a best-of-three Semi-Final Wild Card Series to be played between the losers of the two league Semi-Finals. Two tournament entries are reserved for United States competition, while both an HNO and NOHA representative will also compete.
Also announced in February, 2016, is the addition of one Wild Card Play-In Game whereupon the final five entries at the 2016 OHL Cup will now be Wild Cards determined among 10 teams that will play a one game ‘win and in’ scenario. The 10 competing teams aiming for the final five tournament spots will now include five teams named by the Tournament Selection Committee based on regular season, playoff, and tournament play. The other Wild Card Play-In Game spots will continue to include the fifth place team at the OMHA Championship, and the loser of the ALLIANCE Semi-Final Wild Card Series. Two spots in Wild Card games are also reserved for GTHL teams. The two competing GTHL teams will be determined through a pair of Wild Card Play-In Series matchups involving the four GTHL teams who qualified for the playoffs but lost in the first round. The final spot in a Wild Card will be reserved for the winner of an OMHA SCTA Consolation Game that features both teams who lost in the SCTA Tournament Semi-Final. The OMHA teams eligible for this matchup will be determined annually based on the league not hosting the OMHA Championship. All five Wild Card games will take place on Tuesday March 15 with specific matchups and times of play to be determined by random draw among the 10 competing teams on Monday March 14.
Last season the Toronto Marlboros captured their fifth OHL Cup title in 11 years with a 3-2 overtime win over the Don Mills Flyers. Marlies forward and OHL Cup MVP Ryan McLeod followed up older brother Michael McLeod’s MVP effort in 2014 with three goals and four assists in the tournament.
McLeod was one of 12 first round draft selections from 2015 OHL Cup teams, including six of the top ten picks. Those names include David Levin (Don Mills Flyers – 1st overall to the Sudbury Wolves), Ryan McLeod (Toronto Marlboros – 3rd overall to the Flint Firebirds), Brady Gilmour (Quinte Red Devils – 6th overall to the Saginaw Spirit), Ben Jones (Toronto Marlboros – 7th overall to the Niagara IceDogs), Matthew Strome (Toronto Marlboros – 8th overall to the Hamilton Bulldogs) and Markus Phillips (Toronto Titans – 9th overall to the Owen Sound Attack).
Five first round selections in the 2015 NHL Draft are also OHL Cup graduates including Connor McDavid (Toronto Marlboros/Edmonton Oilers), Dylan Strome (Toronto Marlboros/Arizona Coyotes), Mitch Marner (Don Mills Flyers/Toronto Maple Leafs), Lawson Crouse (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs/Florida Panthers) and Travis Konecny (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs/Philadelphia Flyers).
Notable OHL Cup graduates currently playing in the NHL include Taylor Hall (Greater Kingston Frontenacs/Edmonton Oilers), John Tavares (Toronto Marlboros/New York Islanders), Steven Stamkos (Markham Waxers/Tampa Bay Lightning), Tyler Seguin (Toronto Nationals/Dallas Stars), 2013 Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban (Markham Islanders/Montreal Canadiens) and 2010 OHL Cup MVP Sean Monahan (Mississauga Rebels/Calgary Flames).
For more information, please visit ohlcup.ca.