Todd grew up in the small town of Sheffield, Ontario and spent two seasons playing Jr.B. in the OHA before being selected 1st overall in the 1991 OHL Priority Selection by the Detroit Jr. Red Wings of the OHL. In 1993 the Dallas Stars drafted Todd Harvey with their first pick, 9th overall in the NHL Entry Draft. Harvey signed with the Edmonton Oilers just prior to the NHL lockout. Harvey was part of the Cinderella Edmonton Oiler team that made a run to the Stanley Cup Finals. However, the Oilers lost in game 7 of the finals to the Carolina Hurricanes.