Twenty-three teams qualify each season for the chance to compete in the OHL Cup. Six teams play a one-game wild card play-in game, with the three winners joining the 17 teams with a guaranteed spot in the tournament.
Wild card play-in matchups will take place on the afternoon that the tournament begins and will be determined by a random draw done at the Greater Toronto Hockey League office.
The OHL Cup features the top 20 Minor Midget AAA teams from Ontario and the United States. The 2015 showcase ran from March 17 to 21 at Scotiabank Pond, with the championship game held at Mattamy Athletic Centre on Monday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Champions and finalists from the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL), Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA), Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario (ALLIANCE), Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association (ODMHA), Hockey Northwestern Ontario (HNO), and the Northern Ontario Hockey Association (NOHA) will compete along with two representatives from the U.S.
The championship game in 2015 was televised nationally on Sportsnet ONE.
Seventeen teams will be guaranteed a spot in the showcase. Wild card play-in games (described below) will determine the other three teams.
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.
OHL CUP WILD CARD PLAY-IN
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.
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