Saturday, December 7, 2013

OHL Cup Minor Midget Top-10 Rankings

Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the fourth edition of the weekly minor midget rankings for the 2014 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament 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 which takes place March 11-16, 2014, at Buckingham Arena in Toronto, ON.

The fourth edition of the rankings follows the annual Whitby Silver Stick tournament held last weekend and won by Detroit Honeybaked 6-0 in the Championship Final over the Toronto Jr. Canadiens.  For more information about this event including participating teams and results please visit www.whitbysilverstick.com.

Minor Midget Rankings for the 2014 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament – Week 4
RANK
TEAM
LEAGUE
LAST WEEK
WEEKS RANKED
1
Detroit Honeybaked
USA
3
4
2
Toronto Jr. Canadiens
GTHL
1
4
3
Toronto Marlies
GTHL
5
4
4
Vaughan Kings
GTHL
4
4
5
Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs
OMHA
2
4
6
Ottawa Jr 67’s
OEMHL
7
4
7
Waterloo Wolves
ALLIANCE
6
4
8
Mississauga Senators
GTHL
9
4
9
Whitby Wildcats
OMHA
-
1
10
Southern Tier Admirals
OMHA
10
4
         
  Honourable Mention
     
  Detroit Compuware
USA
-
0
  York Simcoe Express
OMHA
-
0
  Guelph Gryphons
OMHA
-
0

The 2014 OHL Cup will once again include 20 participating teams from across Ontario and the United States however a new tournament structure has been introduced for this season.  17 of the 20 spots will be guaranteed through league competition with the final three spots earned in a new Wild Card series of games.  The 17 guaranteed spots will include all four GTHL Semi-Finalists, and the top four teams that place at the OMHA Championship.  Three teams from the ALLIANCE will be guaranteed a spot in the tournament including the Champion and Finalist, along with the winner of a best-of-three Semi-Final Wild Card Series to be played between the losers of the two league Semi-Finals.  The OEMHL Champion and Finalist will also be guaranteed spots in the tournament, along with two United States entries, one HNO representative, and one NOHA representative.

The final three Wild Card spots will be determined among six teams that will play a one game ‘win and in’ scenario on Tuesday March 11 prior to the start of the tournament.  The six competing teams aiming for the final three tournament spots will include the fifth place team at the OMHA Championship, the loser of the ALLIANCE Semi-Final Wild Card Series, and four teams named by the Tournament Selection Committee based on regular season, playoff, and tournament play.  All three Wild Card matchups and times on Tuesday March 11 will be determined by random draw among the six competing teams.


 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

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