Sault Ste. Marie stays 7th in CJHL rankings; North Bay earns honourable mention

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For Immediate Release: Monday, Dec. 3, 2012

Sault Ste. Marie stays 7th in CJHL rankings; North Bay earns honourable mention

The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League-leading Soo Thunderbirds have maintained their position in the latest edition of the Canadian Junior Hockey League Top 20 rankings while the North Bay Trappers have also moved back in the mix.

Earning themselves a second consecutive week in seventh spot overall in the CJHL listings released Monday, the Thunderbirds remain in the top 10 with the Trappers garnering  Honourable Mention laurels.

Currently sitting in first place in the NOJHL with a league-best 17-2-2-2 overall record on 38 points, the T-Birds have gone 14-1-2 in their past 17 outings as they continue to be one of the premier squads among the 128-team CJHL.

As for North Bay, they currently hold down second spot in the NOJHL standings a mere one point in arrears of the Soo with a 16-3-2-3 mark and 37 points.

The CJHL Top 20 is formulated each week 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.

Boasting a spectacular 27-1 overall record heading into play this week, the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Brooks Bandits are once again rated the top club in the CJHL.

At 19-3-0-3 the Truro Bearcats of the Maritime Hockey League come in at No. 2 overall while the Minnesota Wilderness (21-3) of the Superior International Junior Hockey League have jumped one notch to third in the rankings.

The following are the CJHL Top 20 as of Dec. 3 listing the 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) Truro Bearcats (MHL)
3.  (4) Minnesota Wilderness (SIJHL)
4.  (5) Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL)
5.  (3) Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL)
6.  (6) OCN Blizzard (MJHL)
7.  (7) Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL)
8.  (8) Grande Prairie Storm (AJHL)
9.  (11) Summerside Western Capitals (MHL)
10. (10) Buffalo Jr. Sabres (OJHL)  
11. (9) Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL)
12. (16) Yorkton Terriers (SJHL)
13. (15) Yarmouth Jr. ‘A’ Mariners (MHL)  
14. (13) Penticton Vees (BCHL)
15. (12) Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL)
16. (NR) Dauphin Kings (MJHL)
17. (HM) St. Michael’s Buzzers (OJHL)
18. (19) Smiths Falls Bears (CCHL)
19. (20) Saint Jerome Pantheres (LHJAAAQ)
20. (NR) College Francais Longeueil (LHJAAAQ)    
Honourable Mention: North Bay Trappers (NOJHL), Surrey Eagles (BCHL), Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL), Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL), Nepean Raiders (CCHL)

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