CALGARY, Alta. – As the country heads to the polls today to decide who will serve as Canada’s Prime Minister for the next four years, one thing is certain and that is the Brooks Bandits (AJHL) continue to roll.
Winners of 14 straight regular season contests and 47 overall, dating back to last year, Brooks once again tops the table in the latest Canadian Junior Hockey League Top 20 rankings announced Monday.
Fellow AJHL side, the Sherwood Park Crusaders have reeled off six-straight triumphs and sit 14-1 in the Alberta standings as they make the move to No. 2 nationally.
In Saskatchewan, the Battlefords North Stars, are 15-1 and they enter this week at No. 3 in the 131-team CJHL, having won eight in a row.
Boasting a 12-game winning streak, the soaring Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) click up a notch to No. 4 while the Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL) are slotted in the No. 5 spot.
Rounding out the Top 10 in the CJHL are Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) 6th; Portage Terriers (MJHL) 7th; Toronto Patriots (OJHL) 8th; College Français de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ) 9th and perennial power, the Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL), who come in at No. 10.
2019–20 CJHL Top 20 Rankings (As of Oct. 21)
RK TEAM (LEAGUE) (PREVIOUS RANKING)
1. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (1)
2. Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) (3)
3. Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) (4)
4. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) (5)
5. Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL) (7)
6. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) (13)
7. Portage Terriers (MJHL) (6)
8. Toronto Patriots (OJHL) (17)
9. College Français Longueuil (LHJAAAQ) (10)
10. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (14)
11. Timmins Rock (NOJHL) (8)
12. Wellington Dukes (OJHL) (NR)
13. Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) (NR)
14. Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL) (16)
15. Coquitlam Express (BCHL) (12)
16. Edmundston Blizzard (MHL) (18)
17. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (NR)
18. Oakville Blades (OJHL) (HM)
19. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (2)
20. Melfort Mustangs (SJHL) (NR)
HONOURABLE MENTION: Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL); Hearst Lumberjacks (NOJHL); Rockland Nationals (CCHL); Panthères de St-Jérôme (LHJAAAQ); Titan de Princeville (LHJAAAQ)