Final CJHL rankings of 2012 see Thunderbirds 12th; Trappers honourable mention

Media Update

For Immediate Release: Monday, Dec. 17, 2012

Final CJHL rankings of 2012 see Thunderbirds 12th; Trappers honourable mention

The Canadian Junior Hockey League, in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting, have announced their final rankings for 2012 and a pair of Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League clubs have once again garnered recognition.

Holding on to their No. 12 rating for a second week in succession are the NOJHL-leading Soo Thunderbirds while the North Bay Trappers, who sit second in the league standings, earned Honourable Mention laurels for a third straight time.

With 43 points on a 19-4-3-2 record Sault Ste. Marie sits one point ahead of North Bay (18-3-3-3) who also hold a game in hand on the T-Birds.

Continuing to roll along as the No. 1 squad in the 128-team CJHL is the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Jr. Hockey League. They are an impressive 33-1 on the season.

Back for a second week in the No. 2 slot is the Minnesota Wilderness of the Superior International Junior Hockey League. That club has won 13 games in a row while sitting with a SIJHL-best 25-3 record.

Rounding out the top three are the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Trenton Golden Hawks. They are 25-8-0-1 and boast the top winning percentage in the OJHL at .750.

The following are the CJHL Top 20 as of Dec. 17 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.(4) Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL)
4.(6) Yorkton Terriers (SJHL)
5.(14) Yarmouth Jr. ‘A’ Mariners (MHL)
6.(3) Truro Bearcats (MHL)
7.(8) Buffalo Jr. Sabres (OJHL) 
8.(11) Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL)
9.(9) Penticton Vees (BCHL)
10.(5) OCN Blizzard (MJHL)
11.(10) Summerside Western Capitals (MHL)
12.(12) Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL)
13.(13) Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL)
14.(16) Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL)
15.(15) Dauphin Kings (MJHL)
16.(18) Ottawa Jr. Senators (CCHL)
17.(19) Smiths Falls Bears (CCHL)
18.(17) Grande Prairie Storm (AJHL)
19.(HM) St. Michael’s Buzzers (OJHL)
20.(NR) College Francais de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ)
Honourable Mention: North Bay Trappers (NOJHL), Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL), Oakville Blades (OJHL), Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) and Amherst Ramblers (MHL).

The CJHL is an amalgamation of 10 Junior A hockey leagues from across Canada.

More information on the CJHL can be found by clicking on the league website

The CJHL Top 20 rankings will return in the New Year with the next listings set to be released on Monday, Jan. 7.