CALGARY, Alta. – The Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) have earned to No. 1 slot once more in the latest version of the Canadian Junior Hockey League Top 20 rankings, released Monday.
Through the first 56 games of their 2019-20 season, Sherwood Park sports a 47-9-0 record.
Still No. 2 nationally in the 131-team CJHL, are the Summerside Western Capitals (MHL) as they boast a 39-6-1-2 mark to pace the pack in the Maritimes.
Moving to No. 3 in the rankings this week, which are compiled by an independent scouting source, are the 47-7-4 Okotoks Oilers (AJHL).
Perennial power, the Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) jump to No. 4 in the listings as they approach a 100-point campaign while entering play this week with a record of 46-7-4-2.
Getting placed at No. 5, the Coquitlam Express (BCHL) wrapped up the regular season crown in British Columbia with a league-best 47-9-1-1 run among the 17 clubs there.
Wrapping up the Top 10 from sixth to tenth respectively are the Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL); Battlefords North Stars (SJHL); Wellington Dukes (OJHL); Brooks Bandits (AJHL) and the Oakville Blades (OJHL).
2019-20 CJHL Top 20 Rankings (As of Feb. 24)
RK TEAM (LEAGUE) (PREVIOUS RANKING)
1. Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) (1)
2. Summerside Western Capitals (MHL) (2)
3. Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) (4)
4. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (8)
5. Coquitlam Express (BCHL) (3)
6. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) (7)
7. Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) (5)
8. Wellington Dukes (OJHL) (9)
9. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (6)
10. Oakville Blades (OJHL) (11)
11. Braves de Valleyfield (LHJAAAQ) (10)
12. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (16)
13. Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) (15)
14. Timmins Rock (NOJHL) (12)
15. Collège Français de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ) (13)
16. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (14)
17. Toronto Jr. Canadiens (OJHL) (18)
18. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) (19)
19. Rayside-Balfour Canadians (NOJHL) (17)
20. Red Lake Miners (SIJHL) (NR)
HONOURABLE MENTION: Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL); Portage Terriers (MJHL); Brockville Braves (CCHL); Titan de Princeville (LHJAAAQ); Edmundston Blizzard (MHL)
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