The OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour is a showcase of the top 20 teams from across Ontario and the United States.
The GTHL will again host the event at Scotiabank Pond and Mattamy Athletic Centre from March 14-20, 2017. A revised tournament structure in effect for 2017 is explained below.
Click here to view the weekly Minor Midget AAA team rankings leading up to the 2017 OHL Cup.
Weekly rankings are determined by a panel of Ontario Hockey League Central Scouting staff and represent the top teams competing to play in the annual year-end event.
OHL Cup Powered By Under Armour Structure
The 2017 OHL Cup will showcase 20 teams from across Ontario and the United States, with 16 spots guaranteed through league competition.
Overall, the 16 guaranteed spots include:
- four semi-finalists from the Scotiabank GTHL Playoffs;
- four teams that place first to fourth at the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) Championship;
- three clubs from the ALLIANCE (champion, finalist and winner of a best-of-three Semi-Final Wild Card Series to be played between losers of the two league semi-finals);
- two United States entries;
- one Hockey Northwestern Ontario (HNO) representative; and
- one Northern Ontario Hockey Association (NOHA) representative.
- one spot for the Hockey Eastern Ontario (HEO) previous year Bantam Championship team
Wild Card Teams
The final four entries at the 2017 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour will be Wild Cards determined among eight teams that will play a one game ‘win and in’ scenario. The eight competing teams aiming for the final four tournament spots will continue to include the fifth place team at the OMHA Championship, and the loser of the ALLIANCE Semi-Final Wild Card Series. As introduced in 2016, two spots in Wild Card games will be 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. One spot in a Wild Card will also 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. Finally, the three remaining teams who will compete in the Wild Card matchups will be named by the Tournament Selection Committee. The Committee will evaluate and review a team’s post-season success as the first criteria for selection, with additional criteria to include regular season play and tournament play.
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