The Ontario Hockey League in association with the Greater Toronto Hockey League today announced all competing teams for the 2014 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament, hosted by the GTHL, to be played March 11-16, 2014, at Buckingham Arena in Toronto.
The list of 2014 OHL Cup competing teams includes a total of 23 Minor Midget AAA teams from across Ontario and the United States. The final tournament structure will include 20 spots with 17 guaranteed through league competition and the other three earned in a series of wild card games introduced to the tournament structure this season.
2014 OHL Cup Teams:
Kitchener Jr. Rangers (Finalist – Championship series still in progress)
Waterloo Wolves (Finalist – Championship series still in progress)
*Semi-Final Wild Card Series still in progress with winner qualifying for OHL Cup and loser to wild card play-in game.
Toronto Jr. Canadiens (Finalists – Championship series still in progress)
Toronto Marlies (Finalists – Championship series still in progress)
Mississauga Senators (Semi-Finalist)
Vaughan Kings (Semi-Finalist)
Thunder Bay Kings
Ottawa Valley Titans (Champion)
Ottawa Jr. 67’s (Finalist)
Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs*
Southern Tier Admirals*
*Top 4 of 5 teams from OMHA Championship – to be played this weekend in Welland – qualify for the OHL Cup; fifth-place team will compete in a wild card play-in game.
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Wild Card Play-in Game Invitees (4)
Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)*
Halton Hurricanes (OMHA)*
North York Rangers (GTHL)*
South Central Coyotes (OMHA)*
*Wild card play-in game invitees were determined by a tournament selection committee based on regular-season, playoff, and tournament play.
The three wild card tournament spots will be determined among six teams that include the four wild card play-in game invitees, along with the loser of the ALLIANCE semifinal wild card series, and the fifth place team from this weekend’s OMHA Championship. Those six teams will play a one game ‘win-and-in’ scenario on Tuesday, March 11, prior to the official start of the 2014 OHL Cup.
Wild card play-in game match-ups will be determined the evening of Monday, March 10. Wild card games will be played Tuesday, March 11 at 12:00, 2:00, and 4:00 p.m. at Buckingham Arena. A complete schedule and divisional alignment will be released on Monday.
Rogers TV Cable 10/63 in Toronto/Scarborough will broadcast nightly games from the round-robin along with both semifinal match-ups and the championship game. Schedule details are available at www.RogersTV.com/ohlcup. Additional airtimes will also be available on Rogers TV Sports+ for Rogers digital customers across Ontario on channels 368 (SD) and 369 (HD). Visit www.rogerstv.com/sports for complete broadcast schedule.