Thunderbirds and Trappers maintain place in CJHL rankings



For Immediate Release: Monday, Feb 4, 2013

Thunderbirds and Trappers maintain place in CJHL rankings

SUDBURY — The weekly Canadian Junior Hockey League Top 20 rankings released today see the front-runners in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League maintaining their place in the overall listings.

Back for another week as the No. 15 ranked club in the CJHL are the Soo Thunderbirds while right behind once again at No. 16 are the North Bay Trappers.

The CJHL formulates the selections each week in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting.

Sault Ste. Marie presently leads the NOJHL with 58 points on a 26-8-3-3 overall record.

North Bay sits in second spot, four points in arrears of the T-Birds at 24-6-3-3 with the Trappers holding four games in hand on their NOJHL rivals.

No change once again in the CJHL top three with the Brooks Bandits (AJHL), Minnesota Wilderness (SIJHL) and Summerside Western Capitals (MHL) rated first, second and third respectively.

All three clubs lead their leagues as Brooks holds a 45-2-3 record while the Wilderness are 40-3-0-1 and the Capitals are at 35-7-2.

Of note the SIJHL-leading Wilderness are unbeaten in regulation since Oct. 24, having gone 25-0-0-1 in that span while Summerside, who will host the 2013 Royal Bank Cup, just had a 15-game winning streak dashed this past Friday in a defeat against Woodstock.

The following are the CJHL Top 20 teams, as of Feb. 4, listing their overall ranking, their position last week, as well as the league they are a member of.

1. (1) Brooks Bandits (AJHL)
2. (2) Minnesota Wilderness (SIJHL)
3. (3) Summerside Western Capitals (MHL)
4. (4) Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL)
5. (5) Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL)
6. (10) Dauphin Kings (MJHL)
7. (12) Penticton Vees (BCHL)
8. (11) Yorkton Terriers (SJHL)
9. (7) Yarmouth Jr. ‘A’ Mariners (MHL)
10. (6) Humboldt Broncos (SJHL)
11. (9) Buffalo Jr. Sabres (OJHL)
12. (14) Winnipeg Blues (MJHL)
13. (8) Truro Bearcats (MHL)
14. (13) Georgetown Raiders (OJHL)    
15. (15) Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL)
16. (16) North Bay Trappers (NOJHL)

17. (HM) Melville Millionaires (SJHL)  
18. (NR) Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL)
19. (18) Ottawa Jr. Senators (CCHL)
20. (20) College Francais de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ)
Honourable Mention: Surrey Eagles (BCHL), OCN Blizzard (MJHL), North York Rangers (OJHL), Carleton Place Canadiens (CCHL) and Amherst Ramblers (MHL).
The CJHL is an amalgamation of 10 Jr. A hockey leagues across Canada.

More information on the CJHL can be found by visiting the league website