At the age of 16 McCauley earned a roster spot with the Ottawa 67s in the OHL. He enjoyed a highly successful four-year career with the club which culminated with his being named CHL Player-of-the-Year in 1997. He was also a First Team All-Star in 1996 and 1997 and represented Canada at the 1996 and 1997 World Junior Championships both of which resulted in gold medal performances and still rank as the most memorable events in his hockey career. Brian Kilrea, the long-time head coach of the 67s, a man who has sent countless stars move on to the NHL, once gave McCauley the ultimate compliment by calling him the best player he had ever coached.
Prior to his two outstanding seasons in Ottawa, McCauley was selected in the fourth round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, 79th overall by the New Jersey Devils. However, he never played with the Devils, having been traded on February 25, 1997 with Jason Smith and Steve Sullivan for Doug Gilmour, Dave Ellett and a draft pick, which turned out to be Andre Lakos.
Obtained this signed card in blue sharpie from the Leaf training camp in Hamilton.