The OHL Gold Cup is an annual event featuring Ontario’s top Under-16 talent. This event will not only showcase Ontario’s talent, but is an evaluation and selection process for Team Ontario. The top 68 players from the OHL Gold Cup will attend the Under-17 Team Ontario Camp where Team Ontario Staff will select 22 players to represent Ontario at the World Under-17 Challenge held annually in December. With eight teams and 160 players representing ONtario Minor Hockey Association (2 teams), Alliance Hockey, GTHL, HNO, NOHA, and Hockey Eastern Ontario, the future of Canadian hockey is on display during the 20 games of the OHL Gold Cup.
As part of the revamped Hockey Canada Program of Excellence there is a transition to the OHL Gold Cup from the Under-17 Regional Camps previously hosted by HNO, ODHA and OHF Member Partners. The change is to create a continuum of development through camps and competitions for the players in their selection and preparation to participate in the international events in the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence.