The latest Canadian Junior Hockey League Top 20 rankings are out and the top two Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League clubs have cracked the list.Tabbed 10th overall in the 128-team CJHL are the NOJHL-leading Soo Thunderbirds (16-2-1-2) while the North Bay Trappers (14-2-2-3),
who sit second in the standings, come in at 18th.The CJHL Top 20 is formulated 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.Maintaining their place atop the CJHL are the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Brooks Bandits.Brooks suffered their first loss of the season Friday, a 4-1 road setback to the seventh-ranked Grande Prairie Storm,
but still boast an impressive 21-1 record along with a CJHL-best .955 winning percentage.Coming in at No. 2 this week are the Flin Flon Bombers of the Saskatchewan Jr. Hockey League while the Maritime Hockey League’s Truro Bearcats
round out the top three.
The following are the CJHL Top 20 as of Nov. 19, 2012, with the league they are members of listed in brackets.
1. Brooks Bandits (AJHL)
2. Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL)
3. Truro Bearcats (MHL)
4. Minnesota Wilderness (SIJHL)
5. OCN Blizzard (MJHL)
6. Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL)
7. Grande Prairie Storm (AJHL)
8. Winnipeg Blues (MJHL)
9. Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL)
10. Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL)
11. Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL)
12. Buffalo Jr. Sabres (OJHL)
13. Summerside Western Capitals (MHL)
14. Humboldt Broncos (SJHL)
15. Penticton Vees (BCHL)
16. Melville Millionaires (SJHL)
17. Yarmouth Jr. ‘A’ Mariners (MHL)
18. North Bay Trappers (NOJHL)
19. Smiths Falls Bears (CCHL)
20. Saint Jerome Pantheres (LHJAAAQ)
Honourable Mention: Yorkton Terriers (SJHL), Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL), St. Michael’s Buzzers (OJHL), Oakville Blades (OJHL), 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 www.cjhlhockey.com.
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