Thunder Bay lone SIJHL club in latest CJHL rankings

Wearing the BAUER OD1N skate, a player is not only faster, but saves more than 1,000 pounds of lifted weight over the course of a regulation hockey game.
Wearing the BAUER OD1N skate, a player is not only faster, but saves more than 1,000 pounds of lifted weight over the course of a regulation hockey game.

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – The Superior International Junior Hockey League-leading Thunder Bay North Stars have been recognized by the Canadian Junior Hockey League for their recent success as they earned a place in the national Top 20 rankings announced Monday.

Winners of four consecutive games, the North Stars were tabbed 18th overall in the weekly listings among the 132 clubs that comprise the CJHL.

Thunder Bay holds down first place in the SIJHL standings with a 12-4-1-0 record and also presently boasts the best winning percentage in the league at .735.

There was no change among the top two clubs in the CJHL rankings this week with College Francais de Longueuil (QJHL) once again holding down the No. 1 slot while the Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) remains at No. 2.

Rounding out the top five are the 2017 RBC Cup host Cobourg Cougars (OJHL), Georgetown Raiders (OJHL) and Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) in third, fourth and fifth respectively.

The following are the latest CJHL Top 20 rankings:

CJHL TOP 20 (As of Nov. 7)
RANK TEAM (LEAGUE) (LAST WEEK)
1. College Francais de Longueuil (LHJQ) (1)
2. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (2)
3. Cobourg Cougars (OJHL) (4)
4. Georgetown Raiders (OJHL) (5)
5. Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) (6)
6. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (7)
7. Les Cobras de Terrebonne (LHJQ) (3)
8. Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) (8)
9. Portage Terriers (MJHL) (15)
10. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) (11)
11. Yarmouth Jr. ‘A’ Mariners (MHL) (9)
12. Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL) (14)
13. Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) (HM)
14. Whitecourt Wolverines (AJHL) (NR)
15. Cochrane Crunch (NOJHL) (19)
16. Nipawin Hawks (SJHL) (NR)
17. Bonnyville Pontiacs (AJHL) (16)
18. Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL) (NR)
19. Timmins Rock (NOJHL) (NR)
20. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (20)

Honourable Mention: Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL); Estevan Bruins (SJHL); OCN Blizzard (MJHL); Whitby Fury (OJHL); Pictou County Weeks Crushers (MHL)

ABOUT THE CJHL TOP 20 RANKINGS

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.

ABOUT THE CJHL

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 over 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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