CALGARY, Alberta – A new Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) season is underway and as usual, unbeaten teams are getting a good jump in each of their respective leagues. It promises to be another great year of Junior ‘A’ hockey action across all ten CJHL leagues with the road to at the RBC Cup to take place in Lloydminster, Alberta from May 14-22, 2016.
In Alberta, the Spruce Grove Saints and the Lloydminster Bobcats are off to roaring starts, and the AJHL is gearing up for its annual Showcase this coming weekend in Camrose, AB.
Meanwhile, the BCHL just wrapped another successful Showcase in Chilliwack, BC, and new Washington-based franchise – the Wenatchee Wild – are turning heads with a fast and fierce puck possession game, as they are working on a 5-0 start to the season.
The Nipawin Hawks and Melfort Mustangs are getting an early jump on the rest of the teams in the SJHL, while the MJHL is just a weekend in to its regular season, and it might be just a bit early to get a strong read on their teams.
The Fort Frances Lakers are off and running again in the SIJHL, while the NOJHL finds the Cochrane Crunch and Powassan Voodoos at the top of the standings early on.
The Trenton Golden Hawks – a perennial leading franchise – the is at the top of the OJHL, while it appears as though the usually tough East Division is also showing early domination.
The Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators are being closely followed by the Carleton Place Canadians and Smiths Falls Bears at the top of the standings in the CCHL.
The Montagnards de Sainte-Agathe sit atop the overall standings in the QJHL, while the Dieppe Commandos are the early season leaders in the MHL.
Top 20 Rankings
1. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL)
2. Lloydminster Bobcats (AJHL)
3. Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL)
4. Wentachee Wild (BCHL)
5. Portage Terriers (MJHL)
6. Dieppe Commandos (MHL)
7. Nipawin Hawks (SJHL)
8. Fort Frances Lakers (SIJHL)
9. Cochrane Crunch (NOJHL)
10. Winnipeg Blues (MJHL)
11. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL)
12. Penticton Vees (BCHL)
13. Melfort Mustangs (SJHL)
14. Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators (CCHL)
15. Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL)
16. Coburg Cougars (OJHL)
17. Sainte-Agathe Montagnards (QJHL)
18. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL)
19. Weyburn Red Wings (SJHL)
20. Minnesota Iron Rangers (SIJHL)
Honourable Mention: Cowichan Valley Capitals (BCHL), Neepawa Natives (MJHL), Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL), Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL), Smiths Falls Bears (CCHL).
About the Pointstreak CJHL Top 20 Rankings – The Pointstreak CJHL Top 20 weekly rankings are produced in conjunction with International Scouting Services (ISS) and 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.
About the CJHL – The Canadian Junior Hockey League is a national organization comprised of 10 Junior A hockey leagues in Canada. The CJHL represents 131 teams and 3,000 players and has over 2,900 former players furthering their hockey careers at the professional, major junior and college level across North America. For latest CJHL news and features, visit www.cjhlhockey.com and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/cjhlhockey or @cjhlhockey.
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