SIJHL – Minnesota Wilderness and Dryden Ice Dogs garner recognition



THUNDER BAY – Sports – The latest Canadian Junior Hockey League Top 20 rankings are out and a pair of Superior International Junior Hockey League remain on the list. The SIJHL-leading Minnesota Wilderness were tabbed 10th in the rankings, which are comprised in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting, and are based upon a variety of factors including the league in which the teams belong to as well as regular season results.

Meanwhile the Dryden Ice Dogs also garnered recognition for a second straight week as they were rated 15th overall.

Maintaining their No. 1 ranking for a second consecutive week are the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League followed by the defending Royal Bank Cup champion Penticton Vees of the BCHL.

The following are the CJHL Top 20as of Oct. 8, 2012, with the league they are members of in brackets.

1. Brooks Bandits (AJHL)

2. Penticton Vees (BCHL)

3. Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL)

4. Truro Bearcats (MHL)

5. Bonnyville Pontiacs (AJHL)

6. OCN Blizzard (MJHL)

7. Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL)

8. Sudbury Nickel Barons (NOJHL)

9. Winnipeg Blues (MJHL)

10. Minnesota Wilderness (SIJHL)

11. Coquitlam Express (BCHL)

12. Ottawa Jr. Senators (CCHL)

13. Oakville Blades (OJHL)

14. St. Michael’s Buzzers (OJHL)

15. Dryden Ice Dogs (SIJHL)

16. Yarmouth Jr. A Mariners (MHL)

17. Saint Jerome Pantheres  (LHJAAAQ)

18. Smiths Falls Bears (CCHL)

19. Georgetown Raiders (OJHL)

20. Yorkton Terriers (SJHL)

Honourable Mention: Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL), Whitecourt Wolverines (AJHL), Portage Terriers (MJHL), Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL), Summerside Western Capitals (MHL).

The CJHL is an amalgamation of 10 Junior A hockey leagues from across Canada.