CALGARY, Alta. – About as hot as you can get, the Brooks Bandits (AJHL) have moved to the top of the table in the latest Canadian Junior Hockey League Top 20 rankings announced Thanksgiving Monday.
Dating back to last year, Brooks has won 44 straight regular-season games, including going 11-0 to commence the 2019-20 campaign.
The Bandits have not tasted defeat in AJHL regular season play since back on November 27, 2018.
Selected at No. 2 nationally in the weekly tabulations, as selected by an independent scouting source, are the Penticton Vees (BCHL), who boast a solid an 11-1 record.
Another AJHL squad, in the Sherwood Park Crusaders, sport an 11-1 mark through their first dozen outings and sit at No. 3 in the country.
Next at No. 4, you have the 12-1 Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) while the surging Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL), who are 11-1 and winners of nine straight, were tabbed at No. 5 in the rankings.
Rounding out the Top 10 this week are the 2020 Centennial Cup-host Portage Terriers (MJHL) 6th; the Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL) 7th; Timmins Rock (NOJHL) 8th; Titan de Princeville (LHJAAAQ) in 9th and College Français de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ), who were slotted 10th.
2019-20 CJHL Top 20 Rankings (As of Oct. 14)
RK TEAM (LEAGUE) (PREVIOUS RANKING)
1. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (2)
2. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (1)
3. Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) (7)
4. Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) (5)
5. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) (6)
6. Portage Terriers (MJHL) (3)
7. Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL) (NR)
8. Timmins Rock (NOJHL) (14)
9. Titan de Princeville (LHJAAAQ) (15)
10. College Français Longueuil (LHJAAAQ) (19)
11. Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL) (11)
12. Coquitlam Express (BCHL) (20)
13. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) (18)
14. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (12)
15. Burlington Cougars (OJHL) (17)
16. Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL) HM)
17. Toronto Patriots (OJHL) (NR)
18. Edmundston Blizzard (MHL) (HM)
19. Blind River Beavers (NOJHL) (16)
20. Summerside Western Capitals (MHL) (NR)
HONOURABLE MENTION: Oakville Blades (OJHL); Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL); Rockland Nationals (CCHL), Panthères de St-Jérôme (LHJAAAQ); South Shore Lumberjacks (MHL)