Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League
For Immediate Release: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013
CJHL rankings features triple dose of NOJHL
SUDBURY — The latest Canadian Junior Hockey League rankings are out and the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League is well represented as a pair of clubs earned a place in the Top 20 rankings while a third garnered Honourable Mention laurels in the listings, which are tabulated each week in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting.
Coming in at No. 16 in the latest rankings are the NOJHL-leading Soo Thunderbirds who pace the league standings with 48 points on a 21-5-3-3 overall record.
Close behind and tabbed in 18th position is the second place North Bay Trappers who sit two points in arrears of the Thunderbirds and currently boast a 20-5-3-3 mark.
Meanwhile the hottest club in the NOJHL, by virtue of an eight-game winning streak, the Sudbury Nickel Barons, was also recognized as they were one of five clubs to earn Honourable Mention status.
They sit third in the NOJHL standings at 21-11 just six points shy of Sault Ste. Marie and four behind North Bay.
Continuing as the top ranked team in the CJHL once again this week is the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Jr. Hockey League.
Despite losing their past two games the Bandits still possess the best record in both the AJHL and CJHL at 37-2-2.
Also back at No. 2 this week is the Minnesota Wilderness of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League who are a stellar 31-3-0-1 on the campaign.
Rounding out the top three is the Maritime Hockey League’s Summerside Western Captials.
The 2013 Royal Bank Cup host Capitals are 9-1 in their past 10 and sit with the best record and winning percentage in the MHL at 28-6-2-0 and .806 respectively.
The following are the CJHL Top 20 as of Jan. 14 listing their overall ranking, their listing last week, the team as well as the league they are a member of.
1. (1) Brooks Bandits (AJHL)
2. (2) Minnesota Wilderness (SIJHL)
3. (5) Summerside Western Capitals (MHL)
4. (6) Yorkton Terriers (SJHL)
5. (4) Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL)
6. (9) Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL)
7. (10) Buffalo Jr. Sabres (OJHL)
8. (8) Dauphin Kings (MJHL)
9. (3) Yarmouth Jr. ‘A’ Mariners (MHL)
10. (7) Truro Bearcats (MHL)
11. (13) Humboldt Broncos (SJHL)
12. (15) Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL)
13. (NR) Surrey Eagles (BCHL)
14. (12) Penticton Vees (BCHL)
15. (11) OCN Blizzard (MJHL)
16. (16) Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL)
17. (HM) Winnipeg Blues (MJHL)
18. (14) North Bay Trappers (NOJHL)
19. (18) Ottawa Jr. Senators (CCHL)
20. (20) College Francais de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ)
Honourable Mention: Sudbury Nickel Barons (NOJHL), Melville Millionaires (SJHL), Georgetown Raiders (OJHL), Toronto Lakeshore Patriots (OJHL) and Carleton Place Canadiens (CCHL).
The CJHL is an amalgamation of 10 Jr. A hockey leagues across Canada.
More information on the CJHL can be found by visiting the league website www.cjhlhockey.com.