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Powassan Voodoos; Soo Thunderbirds well respected in CJHL rankings

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NOJHL NETWORK MEDIA UPDATE

Release Date: Monday, Jan. 9, 2017

Powassan Voodoos; Soo Thunderbirds well respected in CJHL rankings

SUDBURY, Ont. – Riding a 26-game unbeaten streak, which includes 25 victories and a double overtime draw, the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Powassan Voodoos remain one of the elite clubs in the entire 132-team Canadian Junior Hockey League.

The CJHL announced its initial Top 20 rankings of 2017 on Monday and the Voodoos were once again slotted No. 2 overall.

Meanwhile the two-time defending NOJHL champion Soo Thunderbirds also garnered national attention as they were tabbed 16th in the CJHL.

Powassan boasts a NOJHL-best 32-3-1-1 record and 66 points along with a .892 winning percentage.

As for the Thunderbirds, they continue to lead the NOJHL West Division and sit second overall in the league with 57 points and a 28-9-1-0 mark. They also sport a solid win percentage of .750.

Collège Français de Longueuil (LHJQ) remains as the No. 1 club in the CJHL to begin 2017 while the Brooks Bandits (AJHL), who have won eight straight, were ranked No. 3 overall.

The following is the latest CJHL Top 20 rankings:

CJHL TOP 20 (As of Jan. 9, 2017)
RANK TEAM (LEAGUE) (PREVIOUS RANKING)
1. Collège Français de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ) (1)
2. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) (2)
3. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (4)
4. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (6)
5. Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) (5)
6. Georgetown Raiders (OJHL) (5)
7. Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) (9)
8. Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) (7)
9. Dryden GM Ice Dogs (SIJHL) (10)
10. Les Cobras de Terrebonne (LHJQ) (11)
11. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (8)
12. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (14)
13. Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL) (12)
14. Whitby Fury (OJHL) (17)
15. Whitecourt Wolverines (AJHL) (18)
16. Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) (13)
17. Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL) (NR)
18. Pictou County Weeks Crushers (MHL) (20)
19. Yarmouth Jr. ‘A’ Mariners (MHL) (HM)
20. Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators (CCHL) (16)

Honourable Mention: Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL); Selkirk Steelers (MJHL); Winkler Flyers (MJHL); Burlington Cougars (OJHL); Cobourg Cougars (OJHL)

ABOUT THE CJHL TOP 20 RANKINGS

The CJHL Top 20 weekly rankings are based upon a variety of factors, including the league in which the team plays, winning percentage, win-loss record, total points accumulated, goals-for versus goals-against ratio, etc.

ABOUT THE CJHL

The Canadian Junior Hockey League is a national organization comprised of all 10 Junior A hockey leagues in Canada.

The CJHL represents 132 teams and over 3,000 players and has just as many former players furthering their hockey careers at the professional, major junior and college level across North America.

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