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Teams are permitted to protect a maximum of 25 players at a date determined by the President, in advance of the annual draft.  This list must include all age eligible players returning to the team, plus any acquired players currently on their 30 man list.


Players on the team sixteen year old list must be ported to the 25 man list or released outright and thereby become eligible for the draft.


Players on the team fifteen year old list are ported to the sixteen year old list.


Players who are age eligible to return but have signed with a CHL member team or signed a NLOI in the NCAA for the upcoming season may be moved to the reserve list.


Players on A cards must clear waivers prior to being deleted from the 25 man list prior to the draft.


Teams may not delete players once their list has been submitted.



Each season, at a date determined by the President, the league shall conduct a distribution of bantam aged players in a method approved by the league.  The process shall be administered by the President using a league approved process for protecting players.




1.           Players must be playing in ODHA sanctioned leagues

2.           Major Bantam (14 as of December 31) players must be playing on ODMHA teams OR be residents in the ODHA while playing for teams in an ODHA league.

3.           Midget aged players(15, 16, 17 as of December 31) are eligible if playing in ODHA sanctioned leagues based on their primary parental residence at the time of registration prior to the start of the playing season.

-17 year olds (as of December 31) anywhere in North America

-16 year olds (as of December 31) anywhere in Ontario or Newfoundland

-15 year olds (as of December 31) anywhere within the ODHA

-14 year olds (as of December 31) anywhere within the ODHA

4.           Players must appear on the draft eligible list provided by CCHL Central Scouting and Rinknet.

5.           Teams may confidentially add players until the Monday prior to the draft at 6:00 pm

6.           Teams conducting camps with draft eligible players attending, prior to the draft, may not sign any such players in advance of the draft.  Signing cannot commence prior to the draft.



The two hockey academies in the branch (CIH and OHA) as well as outside Junior B and C programs playing in branch leagues (Gananoque, Gatineau, Shawville, Gatineau, etc.) are eligible for drafting players who may participate in league play without an appeal in September.


14-17 year olds as of December 31:  must reside with their parent within the ODHA.

16-17 year olds as of December 31:  must reside with their parent within Ontario or Newfoundland.

17 year olds as of December 31:  must reside with their parent within North America


ODHA players of midget age or major bantam age are eligible for the draft provided they played in the territory determined by the league.


Players who play on teams that play within the ODHA but are not carded in the ODHA shall be eligible for selection provided they are eligible to play in the upcoming season based on Hockey Canada regulations.


It is understood that the CCHL draft is an internal distribution of players and only determines player rights within the league.


Teams selecting an ineligible player shall forfeit the selection.



Teams shall select in the reverse order of finish in the previous regular season.


New franchises shall have the first selection in each round of their entry year.  If two or more franchises enter the order shall be selected between the new teams by a method determined by the league.



Member teams shall select and protect to a maximum of thirty players.  Only players aged 17 to 20 shall be on the team protected lists


Bantam players shall remain on the team 15 year old list.


Minor Midget aged players shall remain on the team 16 year old list.


Upon finishing his second year of midget play (16 years old), teams must port the player to the protected list as of the pre draft cut down.




A player may only appear on a member team protected list if

(a)  signed to a current Junior A card

(b)  moved from another list of the same team (16 year old, reserve)

(c)  acquired via trade from another member team

(d)  protected or drafted