The Ontario Hockey League, one of three bodies that form the Canadian Hockey League, was established in 1974 out of the Major Junior A Tier I division of the Ontario Hockey Association and became the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League.
Seeking more financial independence, the OMJHL separated itself from the OHA and became the Ontario Hockey League in 1980. The league accomplished that and rapidly expanded, adding a plethora of new franchises in Ontario before attracting teams in the USA.
In all, 20 teams currently comprise the OHL including three south of the border.
Few leagues rival the National Hockey League talent that the OHL has been able to deliver.
Current NHLers from the OHL include Steven Stamkos, Taylor Hall, Matt Duchene, Patrick Kane, Eric Staal, John Tavares, Nazem Kadri, Rick Nash, Joe Thornton, P.K. Subban, Corey Perry, Logan Couture and Alex Pietrangelo.
Current Flames' Brian McGrattan, Matt Stajan, TJ Brodie, Mark Cundari, Dennis Wideman and Joey MacDonald also graduated from the Ontario Hockey League.
Retired OHL alumni include Wayne Gretzky, Steve Yzerman, Ron Francis, Doug Gilmour, Brendan Shanahan,
OHL AT THE DRAFT
2012 - 48 (11 in first round)
2011 - 46 11 in first round)
2010 - 42 (9 in first round)
2009 - 45 (7 in first round)
2008 - 46 (11 in first round)
2007 - 35 (3 in first round)
2006 - 29 (6 in first round)
2005 - 43 (9 in first round)
FLAMES IN THE OHL
In recent years, the Calgary Flames haven't selected a player based in the Ontario Hockey League during his draft year. The last time the Flames opted for an OHL-trained player was in 2008 when the club selected Greg Nemisz in the first round and picked up current Calgary blueliner T.J. Brodie in the fourth.
Greg Nemisz (1st round, 25th overall)
T.J. Brodie (4th round, 114th overall)
Mickey Renaud (5th round, 143rd overall)