Draft & Eligibility - Junior

Major Junior - CHL


Western Hockey League


Eligibility

Players who reside in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming are protected for the WHL and are eligible to be listed by WHL clubs through the regular WHL listing procedures. Within the CHL (WHL, OHL, QMJHL) players from these regions must play in the WHL.

Players can sign the WHL Standard Player Agreement starting when they're 16 years old to play full-time in the WHL, and are eligible through their 20 year old season. WHL teams can play a maximum of only three 20 year olds in exhibition, regular season and playoff games.

Teams can also have a maximum of two non-North American players (imports). Import players must be drafted through the CHL Import Draft held during the summer.

Bantam Draft
Canadian and US players from the regions listed above are eligible for the WHL Bantam Draft in the calendar year that they turn 15. The draft is usually held the first Thursday in May.

Player Protected List
Each team can place a maximum of 50 players between the ages of 15 and 20 on their Protected List. A player may not be added to the list until they've been eligible for the Bantam Draft.

This list includes the team's roster. WHL teams can have a maximum of 25 players on their roster, which would leave 25 spots on the list for future prospects. Teams can make changes to their list throughout the year.

A player on a WHL team's Protected List may not play for any other CHL team, or attend training camps or rookie camps for another CHL team. Being on a team's list doesn't restrict a player from playing for or attending a camp of a non-CHL team.

A team can name a maximum of 19 of the players on their Protected List and not on the team roster as Specially Affiliated Players. These players can play WHL games with the permission of their club team.

 


Ontario Hockey League


Eligibility

Players can play full-time in the OHL starting when they're 16 years old , and are eligible through their 20 year old season. OHL teams can play a maximum of only three 20 year olds in exhibition, regular season and playoff games.

Teams are permitted to register a maximum of four 16 year old players selected in the OHL Priority Selection. Those 16 year old players that are allowed to be signed are the first two 16 year old players selected and a maximum addition of two 16 year old wild carded players in any round of the OHL Priority Selection. All other 16-year-old players selected are eligible to be called up as an “affiliated player” or “floating affiliate player” for a maximum of 10 games or for any OHL regular season or playoff games when such player’s team has been eliminated from competition for that season.

Teams can also have a maximum of two non-North American players (imports). Import players must be drafted through the CHL Import Draft held during the summer.

Priority Selection (Draft)
Players from the OHL's North American region are eligible for the OHL Priority Selection in the calendar year that they turn 16. There are 15 rounds.

Player Protected List
Each team can place a maximum of 50 players between the ages of 16 and 20 on their Protected List. A player may not be added to the list until they've been eligible for the Priority Selection.

This list includes the team's roster. OHL teams can have a maximum of 25 players on their roster, which would leave 25 spots on the list for future prospects. Teams can make changes to their list throughout the year.

A player on an OHL team's Protected List may not play for any other CHL team, or attend training camps or rookie camps for another CHL team. Being on a team's list doesn't restrict a player from playing for or attending a camp of a non-CHL team.

 


Quebec Major Junior Hockey League


Eligibility

Players can play full-time in the QMJHL starting when they're 16 years old , and are eligible through their 20 year old season. QMJHL teams can play a maximum of only three 20 year olds in exhibition, regular season and playoff games.

Teams can also have a maximum of two non-North American players (imports). Import players must be drafted through the CHL Import Draft held during the summer.

Annual Draft
Priority Selection (Draft)
Players from the QMJHL's North American region are eligible for the Annual Draft in the calendar year that they turn 16. Teams can select 16 year olds in any of the first five rounds. After that only players 17 years and up are eligible to be drafted. There's a maximum of 12 rounds.

Player Protected List
Each team can place a maximum of 50 players between the ages of 16 and 20 on their Protected List. A player may not be added to the list until they've been eligible for the Draft.

This list includes the team's roster. QMJHL teams can have a maximum of 25 players on their roster, which would leave 25 spots on the list for future prospects. Teams can make changes to their list throughout the year.

A player on a QMJHL team's Protected List may not play for any other CHL team, or attend training camps or rookie camps for another CHL team. Being on a team's list doesn't restrict a player from playing for or attending a camp of a non-CHL team.

A team can name a maximum of 19 of the players on their Protected List and not on the team roster as Specially Affiliated Players. These players can play QMJHL games with the permission of their club team.