Nickel Barons 8th, Thunderbirds honourable mention in CJHL rankings

Media Update

For Immediate Release: Monday, Oct. 8, 2012

Nickel Barons 8th, Thunderbirds honourable mention in CJHL rankings

The latest Canadian Junior Hockey League rankings are out and the top two Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League clubs in the standings are on the list.

Maintaining their place in the top 10 are the Sudbury Nickel Barons who were slotted in the No. 8 slot this week.

Meanwhile the defending NOJHL and Dudley-Hewitt Cup champion Soo Thunderbirds, who are currently tied for top spot in the league standings with Sudbury at 16 points apiece, garnered honourable mention laurels.

The CJHL Top 20 is formulated in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting and is based upon a variety of factors, including the league in which the teams belong to as well as regular season results.

Back at No. 1 for a second consecutive week are the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League followed by the defending Royal Bank Cup champion Penticton Vees of the BCHL in second and the SJHL’s Flin Flon Bombers, who sit third.

The following are the CJHL Top 20 as of Oct. 8, 2012, with the league they are members of listed in brackets.

1. Brooks Bandits (AJHL)
2. Penticton Vees (BCHL)
3. Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL)
4. Truro Bearcats (MHL)
5. Bonnyville Pontiacs (AJHL)
6. OCN Blizzard (MJHL)
7. Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL)
8. Sudbury Nickel Barons (NOJHL)
9. Winnipeg Blues (MJHL)
10. Minnesota Wilderness (SIJHL)
11. Coquitlam Express (BCHL)
12. Ottawa Jr. Senators (CCHL)
13. Oakville Blades (OJHL)
14. St. Michael’s Buzzers (OJHL)
15. Dryden Ice Dogs (SIJHL)
16. Yarmouth Jr. A Mariners (MHL)
17. Saint Jerome Pantheres  (LHJAAAQ)
18. Smiths Falls Bears (CCHL)
19. Georgetown Raiders (OJHL)
20. Yorkton Terriers (SJHL)

Honourable Mention: Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL), Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL), Whitecourt Wolverines (AJHL), Portage Terriers (MJHL), Summerside Western Capitals (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