Trappers 9th; Thunderbirds 12th in CJHL winning percentage



Release Date: Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013

Trappers 9th; Thunderbirds 12th in CJHL winning percentage

SUDBURY — Of the 127 teams that currently comprise the Canadian Junior Hockey League, you’ll find that the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League currently boasts two clubs among the top 10 percent overall as well as the top 15 nationally when it comes to winning percentage.

The North Bay Trappers, who presently lead the NOJHL standings, boasts the ninth-best win mark in the CJHL at .767.

Meanwhile the Soo Thunderbirds, who sit in second spot in the league and are the defending NOJHL and Dudley-Hewitt Cup champions, sit 12th in the CJHL in winning percentage at .738.

Both those totals are good enough to place them in the top 10% in the CJHL.

North Bay, who reached the 30-win plateau Friday with a 4-3 overtime victory over Sudbury, tops the NOJHL table with 66 points in 43 games.

This is the first time since the 2008-09 campaign that a North Bay franchise have been alone in first place in the league overall standings.

As for the Thunderbirds, they sit just four points back with 62 after just 42 contests heading into a Saturday home game vs. Sudbury.

North Bay, who will host the 2013 Dudley-Hewitt Cup, could very well see some of the premier CJHL winning percentage leaders joining them at the Central Canadian Jr. A championship, which runs April 30 through May 4 at the venerable Memorial Gardens.

Of the top 20 CJHL squads, in regard to winning percentage, seven of those teams, including the Trappers, are eligible to represent their respective leagues at the DHC.

If that holds to form hockey fans in North Bay will have an opportunity to witness some elite-level Jr. A hockey.

Joining the host Trappers at the Dudley-Hewitt will be either the NOJHL champion or finalist should North Bay go on to capture the title along with the winners of the Superior International Junior and Ontario Junior Hockey Leagues.

The Minnesota Wilderness currently tops the CJHL in winning percentage at .931. They have been the hottest team in all of Jr. A hockey for the past four months having not lost a game in regulation time since all the way back on Oct. 24 of 2012.

To date the two-time defending SIJHL champions are riding a 15-game winning streak while also going 33-0-0-1 overall since that last defeat in regulation. They have been tabbed the No. 2 team in the CJHL weekly top 20 rankings, which are compiled in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting, for 11 consecutive weeks.

Meanwhile four OJHL clubs are among the top 20 overall, including the Trenton Golden Hawks who sit eighth nationally, just ahead of the Trappers, with a win mark of .769. They just captured the OJHL regular season title Friday evening.

Rounding out the other OJHL teams in the top 20 win percentage leaders are the Buffalo Jr. Sabres (.731), Georgetown Raiders (.722) and St. Michael’s Buzzers (.704) who sit 13th, 16th and 19th respectively.

The Brook Bandits (AJHL) are second overall in CJHL winning percentage at .921 followed by the 2013 Royal Bank Cup host Summerside Western Capitals (MHL) in third at .826.

The following is the CJHL winning percentage leaders featuring those clubs with a .650 win mark or higher.

CJHL 2012-13 Season Leaders: Win Percentage (.650 or higher)  
(As of Feb. 23/13)    
1st Minnesota Wilderness SIJHL .931
2nd Brooks Bandits AJHL .921
3rd Summerside Western Capitals MHL .826
4th Ste-Jerome Panthers LHJAAAQ .816
5th Yarmouth Jr. A Mariners MHL .789
6th Dauphin Kings MJHL .786
7th Longueuil College Francais LHJAAAQ .784
8th Trenton Golden Hawks OJHL .769
9th North Bay Trappers NOJHL .767
10th Winnipeg Blues MJHL .759
11th Truro Bearcats MHL .750
12th Soo Thunderbirds NOJHL .738
T-13th Humboldt Broncos SJHL .731
T-13th Buffalo Jr. Sabres OJHL .731
15th Granby Inouk LHJAAAQ .724
16th Georgetown Raiders OJHL .722
17th Amherst Ramblers MHL .717
18th Victoria Grizzlies BCHL .706
19th St. Michael’s Buzzers OJHL .704
20th Yorkton Terriers SJHL .698
21st Penticton Vees BCHL .696
22nd Melville Millionaires SJHL .689
23rd Surrey Eagles BCHL .686
24th Kingston Voyageurs OJHL .685
25th Lachine Maroons LHJAAAQ .680
T-26th OCN Blizzard MJHL .675
T-26th Ottawa Jr. Senators CCHL .675
28th North York Rangers OJHL .673
T-29th Merritt Centennials BCHL .670
T-29th Nipawin Hawks SJHL .670
31st Spruce Grove Saints AJHL .664
32nd Toronto Lakeshore Patriots OJHL .657
33rd Fort Frances Lakers SIJHL .656
34th Nepean Raiders CCHL .655