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Thunderbirds 13th, Crunch 15th in initial CJHL rankings



Release Date: Monday, September 26, 2016

Thunderbirds 13th, Crunch 15th in initial CJHL rankings

SUDBURY – The Canadian Junior Hockey League announced their initial Top 20 rankings Monday are a pair of Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League clubs cracked the listings.

The two-time defending NOJHL champion Soo Thunderbirds were tabbed 13th overall while the Cochrane Crunch were slotted 15th.

Both Sault Ste. Marie and Cochrane currently boast 12 points apiece in league standings, which presently paces the NOJHL.

The Thunderbirds have gone 6-1-0-0 to begin the 2016-17 campaign while the Crunch are 5-0-1-1.

The top ranked club in the CJHL is the defending Dudley-Hewitt Cup champion Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL).

Another OJHL side in the Wellington Dukes are No. 2 while the Terrebonne Cobras (QJHL), Yarmouth Jr. A Mariners (MHL) and Portage Terriers (MJHL) round out the top five.

The following is the CJHL Top 20 rankings and five honourable mention teams:

CJHL TOP 20 (As of Sept. 26)
1. Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL)
2. Wellington Dukes (OJHL)
3. Terrebonne Cobras (QJHL)
4. Yarmouth Jr. ‘A’ Mariners (MHL)
5. Portage Terriers (MJHL)
6. Dryden GM Ice Dogs (SIJHL)
7. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL)
8. OCN Blizzard (MJHL)
9. Winkler Flyers (MJHL)
10. Wenatchee Wild (BCHL)
11. Markham Royals (OJHL)
12. Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL)
13. Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL)
14. Penticton Vees (BCHL)
15. Cochrane Crunch (NOJHL)
16. Humboldt Broncos (SJHL)
17. Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL)
18. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL)
19. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL)
20. College Francais de Longueil (QJHL)

Honourable Mention: Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL); West Kelowna Warriors (BCHL); Bonnyville Pontiacs (AJHL); North York Rangers (OJHL); Smiths Falls Bears (CCHL)


The CJHL Top 20 weekly rankings are based upon a variety of factors, including the league in which the team plays, winning percentage, win-loss record, total points accumulated, goals-for versus goals-against ratio, etc.


The Canadian Junior Hockey League is a national organization comprised of all 10 Junior A hockey leagues in Canada.

The CJHL represents 132 teams and nearly 3,000 players and has just as many former players furthering their hockey careers at the professional, major junior and college level across North America.

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