Thunderbirds remain in CJHL Top rankings while Trappers earn Honourable Mention

Media Update

For Immediate Release: Monday, Dec. 10, 2012

Thunderbirds remain in CJHL Top rankings while Trappers earn Honourable Mention

The top two clubs in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League has once again drawn recognition from the Canadian Junior Hockey League when it comes to the top ranked teams in the country.

As leaders of the NOJHL standings Sault Ste. Marie was rated No. 12 overall in CJHL Top 20 this week in rankings compiled in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting.

North Bay meanwhile garnered Honourable Mention laurels for a second consecutive week.

The Thunderbirds currently pace the NOJHL with an 18-3-2-2 record, one point clear of the second place Trappers who are at 17-3-2-3 on the year.

The red-hot Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League presently have the best record in the entire 128-team CJHL at 30-1 and sit No. 1 overall for yet another week.

Rounding out the top five are the Minnesota Wilderness (SIJHL), Truro Bearcats (MHL), Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) and the OCN Blizzard (MJHL) who are ranked second, third, fourth and fifth respectively.

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

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