Watch the 2023 OHL Cup Selection Show live on Monday, March 27


Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League, in partnership with the Greater Toronto Hockey League, announced today the ten teams that have qualified to compete in Wild Card play-in games on Tuesday, March 28th ahead of preliminary play at the 2023 OHL Cup that begins on Wednesday, March 29th.

The 2023 OHL Cup will feature the top 20 Under-16 ‘AAA’ teams from Ontario and the United States. The showcase will run from March 28 to April 3, 2023. All games will be played at Scotiabank Pond in Toronto before the Championship Final moves to the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Monday, April 3rd.

Fifteen teams will be guaranteed a spot in the showcase, with a series of Wild Card play-in games to determine the remaining five entries. Ten teams will take part in a one-game “win and you’re in” match-up prior to the start of the OHL Cup on Tuesday, March 28th. Five of the OHL Cup Wild Card teams qualified to earn their opportunity while an additional five were chosen by an OHL Cup Selection Committee based off their performance throughout the 2022-23 season.

The Greater Toronto Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League will host a live Selection Show on Monday, March 27th at 6:00pm to determine the match-ups and home/away seeding for the Wild Card play-in games. The Selection Show will feature a random draw conducted by GTHL General Manager Peter Kourtis and Brodie Barrick, the OHL’s Director of Recruitment and Player Services. The Selection Show will be hosted on the GTHL’s official Twitch channel.

The five winning teams from the Wild Card play-in matchups will advance to the OHL Cup tournament, with preliminary round action beginning the morning of Wednesday, March 29th.

2023 OHL Cup Wild Card Teams:

Qualifying Wild Card Teams:
5th Place Team, OMHA Championships: Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs
6th Place Team, OMHA Championships: Ajax-Pickering Raiders
5th Place Team, GTHL Playoffs: Vaughan Kings
6th Place Team, GTHL Playoffs: Don Mills Flyers
5th Place, ALLIANCE (Highest remaining seed): Lambton Jr. Sting

OHL Cup Selection Committee Wild Card Teams:
Toronto Young Nationals (GTHL)
Central Ontario Wolves (OMHA)
Burlington Eagles (OMHA)
Whitby Wildcats (OMHA)
Barrie Jr. Colts (OMHA)

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