U16 Program of Excellence
Hockey Eastern Ontario's U16 Program of Excellence is designed to identify the top 15-16 year old players in the branch and form
a team to compete in the OHL Gold Cup. The program also provides high performance coaches in the branch development opportunities
as members of the coaching staff.
The process of player identification begins in the Fall and includes local OHL Scouts and HEO program staff. Players are invited to an evaluation camp from which a 20 player roster and 5 player alternate list will be named.
The OHL Gold Cup is an annual event created to feature Ontario’s top Under-16 talent. This event not only showcases Ontario’s talent, but it is an evaluation and selection process for Team Canada. The top players from the U16 OHL Gold Cup will attend the Under-17 Team Canada National Camp where the Hockey Canada Staff will select 66 players from across the country to represent Canada at the World Under-17 Challenge held annually in December. With 8 teams and 160 players representing the ALLIANCE, GTHL, HEO, HNO, NOHA, and OMHA, the future of Canadian hockey is on display during the OHL Gold Cup