CANADIAN JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
For Immediate Release: Monday, Jan. 7, 2013
Red-hot Wilderness remain No. 2 team in CJHL
The surging Minnesota Wilderness continue to roll along while maintaining their place among the elite clubs in the Canadian Junior Hockey League.
Winners of 20 consecutive games, including 17 straight in Superior International Jr. Hockey League play as well as a trip of triumphs over Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League competition over the weekend in the inaugural Superior-Northern Showdown, the Wilderness were once again rated No. 2 overall in the CJHL Top 20 rankings, which are compiled each week in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting.
The two-time defending SIJHL champions sit in first place in the league standings with a 29-3 record while also holding down the second-best winning percentage in the entire 128-team CJHL at .906.
The Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Jr. Hockey League were once again rated as the top club in the CJHL as they enter action this week with a CJHL-best mark of 36-1-1.
Rounding out the top three are the Yarmouth Jr. Mariners of the Maritime Hockey League. They are 9-1 in the past 10 and 25-5-1 overall.
The following is the CJHL Top 20 as of Jan. 7 listing their overall ranking, their listing last week, the team as well as the league they are a member of.
1.(1) Brooks Bandits (AJHL)
2.(2) Minnesota Wilderness (SIJHL)
3.(5) Yarmouth Jr. ‘A’ Mariners (MHL)
4.(4) Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL)
5.(11) Summerside Western Capitals (MHL)
6.(4) Yorkton Terriers (SJHL)
7.(6) Truro Bearcats (MHL)
8.(15) Dauphin Kings (MJHL)
9.(8) Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL)
10.(7) Buffalo Jr. Sabres (OJHL)
11.(10) OCN Blizzard (MJHL)
12.(9) Penticton Vees (BCHL)
13.(NR) Humboldt Broncos (SJHL)
14.(HM) North Bay Trappers (NOJHL)
15.(14) Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL)
16.(12) Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL)
17.(13) Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL)
18.(16) Ottawa Jr. Senators (CCHL)
19.(17) Smiths Falls Bears (CCHL)
20.(NR) College Francais de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ)
Honourable Mention: Merritt Centennials (BCHL), Grande Prairie Storm (AJHL), Melville Millionaires (SJHL), Winnipeg Blues (MJHL), Georgetown Raiders (OJHL).
The CJHL is an amalgamation of 10 Jr. A hockey leagues from across Canada.
More information on the CJHL can be found by clicking on the league website www.cjhlhockey.com.