CALGARY, Alta. ? On the eve of Tuesday?s Canadian Junior Hockey League Prospects Game in Hamilton, Ont., the CJHL?s initial Top 20 Rankings for 2020 features a familiar side slotted No. 1 nationally to begin the New Year.
The Brooks Bandits (AJHL) remain ranked No. 1 in the 131-team CJHL as they boast a 38-3-1 overall recor, in the listings, which are compiled by an independent scouting source.
Sliding into the No. 2 slot is the surging Coquitlam Express. (BCHL). They are 37-6-0 and lead the way in British Columbia while having gone 18-1 in their past 19 outings.
At No. 3 nationally, you have the 36-5-0 Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL), who have an eight-point lead atop the AJHL?s Viterra North Division standings, with games in hand.
Having yet another solid campaign, the 36-5-3-2 Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL), come in at No. 4 in the CJHL this week while the 32-7-2 Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) pace the pack in Saskatchewan at No. 5.
Rounding out the Top 10 at sixth through 10th respectively are the Okotoks Oilers (AJHL); Oakville Blades (OJHL); Summerside Western Capitals (MHL); Timmins Rock (NOJHL) and the Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL).
2019-20 CJHL Top 20 Rankings (As of Jan. 13)
RK TEAM (LEAGUE) (PREVIOUS RANKING)
1. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (1)
2. Coquitlam Express (BCHL) (3)
3. Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) (2)
4. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (4)
5. Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) (6)
6. Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) (10)
7. Oakville Blades (OJHL) (13)
8. Summerside Western Capitals (MHL) (7)
9. Timmins Rock (NOJHL) (8)
10. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) (5)
11. Collège Français de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ) (9)
12. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (14)
13. Toronto Jr. Canadiens (OJHL) (HM)
14. Wellington Dukes (OJHL) (17)
15. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (HM)
16. Braves de Valleyfield (LHJAAAQ) (11)
17. Titan de Princeville (LHJAAAQ) (HM)
18. Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) (12)
19. Burlington Cougars (OJHL) (HM)
20. Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL) (20)
HONOURABLE MENTION: Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL); Portage Terriers (MJHL); Blind River Beavers (NOJHL); Brockville Braves (CCHL) Edmundston Blizzard (MHL)