The first four spots at the 2020 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour have been spoken for.
The GTHL Playoffs are down to the final four following a 3-2 Vaughan Kings Game 5 victory over the Toronto Titans on Tuesday night, pushing the Kings into the annual showcase while the Titans, who recently climbed to the top of the weekly OHL Cup Top-10 Rankings, will try and make their way into the tournament through a wild card process.
Vaughan is squaring off with the Toronto Nationals who come off a 6-0 (pts.) series triumph over the Mississauga Reps.
The other GTHL Semi-Final series sees the Toronto Jr. Canadiens squaring off against the Toronto Marlboros, with JRC coming off a 5-1 win on Monday.
The Jr. Canadiens eliminated the Markham Majors in three straight first round matchups while the Marlboros are coming off a 6-2 (pts.) elimination of the Mississauga Senators.
Here’s a closer look at the first four teams to guarantee themselves spots at the 2020 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour:
Toronto Jr. Canadiens (Regular season: 28-3-2, 1st GTHL)
Week 12 OHL Cup Ranking: 1st
Last OHL Cup Appearance: 2018 (6-0-1, Champions – defeated Vaughan Kings 5-1)
Players to Watch: Ty Nelson (D), Pano Fimis (C), Aidan Castle (LW)
Notable Alum: Ryan Merkley (London Knights), Daniil Chayka (Guelph Storm), Cody Morgan (Flint Firebirds)
Toronto Marlboros (Regular season: 19-7-7, T-3rd GTHL)
Week 12 OHL Cup Ranking: 6th
Last OHL Cup Appearance: 2019 (4-1-0, lost in quarter-final to Mississauga Rebels)
Players to Watch: Paul Ludwinski (LW), Matthew Jovanovic (D), Lorenzo Bonaiuto (LW)
Notable Alum: Akil Thomas (Peterborough Petes), Allan McShane (Oshawa Generals), Graeme Clarke (Ottawa 67’s)
Toronto Nationals (Regular season: 21-8-4, 2nd GTHL)
Week 12 OHL Cup Ranking: 3rd
Last OHL Cup Appearance: 2019 (2-2-0, 3rd Subban Division)
Players to Watch: Zakary Lavoie (C), Shawn Ramsey (D), Kyle Downey (G)
Notable Alum: Ethan Keppen (Flint Firebirds), Brandon Coe (North Bay Battalion), Robert Calisti (Soo Greyhounds)
Vaughan Kings (Regular season: 16-10-7, 6th GTHL)
Week 12 OHL Cup Ranking: 7th
Last OHL Cup Appearance: 2018 (5-1-1, Lost Championship to Toronto Jr. Canadiens 5-1)
Players to Watch: Dominic DiVincentiis (G), Nicholas Messina (F), Ben Armstrong (F)
Notable Alum: Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads), Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit), Ryan O’Rourke (Soo Greyhounds)