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Thunderbirds and Trappers maintain positions in CJHL rankings

Canadian Junior Hockey League
Media Release

Date: Monday, Nov. 12, 2012

Thunderbirds and Trappers maintain positions in CJHL rankings

Both the Soo Thunderbirds and North Bay Trappers have held on to their positions from a week ago in the latest Canadian Junior Hockey League rankings.

The most recent listings comprised by the CJHL in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting, released Monday, saw the Thunderbirds maintain their ninth overall ranking while the Trappers earned Honourable Mention laurels for a second consecutive week.

Sault Ste. Marie and North Bay sit tied for top spot in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League standings at 31 points apiece with the T-Birds holding two games in hand on the Trappers.

The Soo remains one of the hottest organizations across the 128-team CJHL having won seven in a row while going 11-0-1 in their past 12 contests.

As for North Bay they too have posted a solid record of late registering a 7-1-1-2 mark in their last 11 outings.

Rolling along with an unblemished 20-0 run to start the Alberta Junior Hockey League campaign, the Brooks Bandits remain the No. 1 ranked team in the CJHL again this week.

The Truro Bearcats of the Maritime Hockey League suffered their first loss in regulation time over the weekend, but despite the setback hold on to their No. 2 overall rating nationally while the Flin Flon Bombers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League round out the top three.

The CJHL Top 20 (As of Nov. 12)

1.   Brooks Bandits (AJHL)
2.   Truro Bearcats (MHL)
3.   Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL)
4.   Winnipeg Blues (MJHL)
5.   Minnesota Wilderness (SIJHL)
6.   Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL)
7.   Melville Millionaires (SJHL)
8.   OCN Blizzard (MJHL)
9.   Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL)
10.  Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL)
11.  Buffalo Jr. Sabres (OJHL)
12.  Penticton Vees (BCHL)
13.  Summerside Western Capitals (MHL)
14.  Georgetown Raiders (OJHL)
15.  Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL)
16.  Yarmouth Jr. ‘A’ Mariners (MHL)
17.  Grande Prairie Storm (AJHL)
18.  Humboldt Broncos (SJHL)
19.  Smiths Falls Bears (CCHL)   
20.  Saint Jerome Pantheres (LHJAAAQ)

Honourable Mention: North Bay Trappers (NOJHL), Merritt Centennials (BCHL), Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL), Dauphin Kings (MJHL) and Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators (CCHL).

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

The CJHL is an amalgamation of 10 Jr. A hockey leagues from across Canada.

More information on the CJHL can be found by visiting the league website at www.cjhlhockey.com.