Hockey Canada Could Vote To Change Midget and Bantam Age Groups
“Sounds like the Hockey Canada federations will vote at Dec meeting to standardize 1 midget aged level…eliminating the minor midget level,” Tweeted Dreger (@DarrenDreger) this week.
With the changes, could come alterations to the OHL draft, with a similar format to the WHL, where a Bantam draft is held, selecting players one year prior to Ontario’s draft.
According to Hockey Northwestern Ontario, one of three Ontario branches of Hockey Canada, the proposal is actually to revert to a system previously in place, where Bantam players would be aged 14 and 15, while Midget players would be aged 16 and 17.
“the proposal is to go back to the old ages Midget 16/17, Bantam 14/15,” Tweeted Hockey Northwestern Ontario.
The current age groups see Minor Midget as a 15-and-under age group, while Major Midget is 17-and-under.
Chatham-Kent has not fielded a Major Midget team since 2010-2011, forcing players into lower levels of hockey, or outside the Chatham-Kent Cyclones organization. The new age groups would allow players to remain in ‘AAA’ for one season after their draft year, or two seasons if the draft were to convert to a Bantam draft.
CKSN will continue to provide updates on this story as they become available.