The OHL Cup features the top 20 Minor Midget AAA teams from Ontario and the United States. In total, 17 teams receive a guaranteed spot in the tournament, with the final three clubs determined by wild card play-in games contested on the opening afternoon of the tournament.
Wild card, round-robin and playoff games for the 2016 showcase will run from March 15 to 19 at Scotiabank Pond, with the championship game held at Mattamy Athletic Centre on Monday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m.
*All games are free to attend*
OHL CUP STRUCTURE
Seventeen teams will be guaranteed a spot in the showcase. Wild card play-in games (described below) will determine the other three teams. Wild card play-in game matchups will be determined by random draw, completed at the GTHL office.
1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th
1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th
1st, 2nd & 3rd
2 Teams (Champion & Finalist)
* GTHL - The four teams that reach the League semifinals shall be awarded a spot in the OHL Cup.
** OMHA - The four teams that place at the OMHA Championship shall be awarded a spot in the OHL Cup.
*** ALLIANCE - The winner of the Alliance Wild Card series shall be awarded the third Alliance spot in the OHL Cup. The wild card matchup is a best-of-three series between the two teams eliminated from the Alliance Semifinals.
View the weekly Minor Midget AAA rankings leading up to the 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.
*Note: Weekly rankings will begin as early as 18 weeks prior to the event.
Six teams will take part in a one-game, "win and you're in" matchup prior to the start of round-robin play on the afternoon that the tournament begins.
Two spots in the wild card play-in games will automatically be filled by the fifth-place team at the OMHA Championship and the loser of the Alliance Wild Card series.
A selection committee will name the remaining four teams for the wild card play-in games one week before the play-in date. The committee will evaluate and review each team's regular-season, post-season and tournament play.
Wild card play-in matchups and home/away seeding will be decided through a random draw prior to the tournament.
The three winners from the wild card play-in games will advance to the OHL Cup round robin. These three teams will not begin their OHL Cup schedule until the second day of tournament action.