Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the nineteenth edition of the weekly minor midget rankings for the 2012 OHL Showcase for the OHL Cup, 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 March 13-18, 2012, at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, ON.
Last week it was announced that eight teams from across Ontario including six teams listed in the current rankings had officially qualified for the annual showcase tournament by virtue of advancing to the championship round within their respective leagues including the GTHL’s Toronto Marlies and Mississauga Rebels, the ALLIANCE’s London Jr. Knights Gold and Sun County Panthers, and the ODMHA’s Ottawa Valley Titans and Ottawa Jr. 67’s.
Furthermore, the Thunder Bay Kings will officially represent Hockey Northwestern Ontario in the event, while the Great North Midget League Wolves will represent the NOHA. The remaining 12 teams to compete in the 2012 OHL Cup will consist of the finalists in the OMHA along with 10 wildcard teams as identified by the tournament selection committee.
The remaining tournament representatives will be announced next Monday March 12.
Minor Midget Rankings for the 2012 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament – Week 19
|RANK||TEAM||LEAGUE||LAST WEEK RANK||WEEKS IN RANKINGS|
|2||Detroit Belle Tire||USA||2||19|
|4||London Jr. Knights – Gold*||ALLIANCE||4||19|
|5||Don Mills Flyers||GTHL||5||17|
|8||Southern Tier Admirals||OMHA||8||19|
|9||Ottawa Jr. 67′s*||ODMHA||-||2|
|10||York Simcoe Express||OMHA||-||5|
|Ottawa Valley Titans*||ODMHA||9||17|
|Sun County Panthers*||ALLIANCE||-||3|
*officially qualified for 2012 OHL Cup
Last season the Toronto Marlies won their third OHL Cup title in seven years with a thrilling 5-3 win over the Don Mills Flyers. First round OHL picks David Perklin of the Marlies and Max Domi of the Flyers were named Players of the Game in the Championship Final which was broadcast live on Sportsnet Ontario.
A total of 147 players that competed in the 2011 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament were selected in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection including 16 players chosen in the first round. The Marlies led all minor midget teams with 13 players that were later selected in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection including first round picks Nicholas Ritchie who was selected second overall by the Peterborough Petes, Jordan Subban who was selected fifth overall by the Belleville Bulls, and Perklin who was chosen 17th overall by the Ottawa 67’s. The Flyers had 12 players selected including first round picks Max Domi, Adam Bateman, and Darnell Nurse who was the third overall pick to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
Three of the last four players selected first overall in the NHL Entry Draft are OHL and OHL Cup graduates including Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers, John Tavares of the New York Islanders, and Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning. 2011 NHL Rookie of the Year Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes also competed in this event.
This post is by the OHL’s Paul Krotz.