NOJHL NETWORK MEDIA UPDATE
Release Date: Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
4 NOJHL clubs earn recognition in CJHL rankings
SUDBURY – For the first time there are four Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League clubs that were listed in the latest Canadian Junior Hockey League Pointstreak top 20 and honourable mention rankings, which were announced Monday.
The unbeaten Powassan Voodoos were slotted third overall in the 131-team CJHL while the Cochrane Crunch sit 11th, the defending NOJHL and Dudley-Hewitt Cup champion Soo Thunderbirds are 17th and the 2016 Dudley-Hewitt Cup host Kirkland Lake Gold Miners garnered honourable mention status in the latest listings, which are compiled in conjunction with International Scouting Services.
Powassan is off to an impressive 7-0 start to begin the 2015-16 season and sit in second spot in the NOJHL East, two points behind the 8-1 Crunch while also holding two games in hand on the Crunch.
Kirkland Lake has gone 6-1 in seven starts and also remains in the hunt for the east division lead with 12 points, four in arrears of Cochrane and two behind the Voodoos.
Over in the NOJHL West, the Thunderbirds are 9-1 to pace the division with their 18 overall points also leading the league.
There is also a new No. 1 side in the CJHL this week with the Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) taking over top spot.
Slipping one notch to No. 2 is the Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL).
The following is the Pointstreak CJHL top 20 rankings and five honourable mention teams for the period ending Oct. 4:
POINTSTREAK CJHL TOP 20
RANK TEAM (LEAGUE) (LAST WEEK’S RANKING)
1. Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) (3)
2. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) (1)
3. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) (11)
4. Melfort Mustangs (SJHL) (13)
5. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (12)
6. Sainte-Agathe Montagnards (QJHL) (17)
7. Portage Terriers (MJHL) (5)
8. Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL) (NR)
9. Dieppe Commandos (MHL) (6)
10. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (18)
11. Cochrane Crunch (NOJHL) (9)
12. Nipawin Hawks (SJHL) (7)
13. Georgetown Raiders (OJHL) (NR)
14. Lloydminster Bobcats (AJHL) (2)
15. Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) (4)
16. Fort Frances Lakers (SIJHL) (8)
17. Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) (HM)
18. Smiths Falls Bears (CCHL) (HM)
19. Winkler Flyers (MJHL) (NR)
20. Powell River Kings (BCHL) (NR)
Honourable Mention: Kirkland Lake Gold Miners (NOJHL); Dryden GM Ice Dogs (SIJHL); Markham Royals (OJHL); Vaudreuil-Dorion Mustangs (QJHL); Summerside Western Capitals (MHL).
ABOUT THE POINTSTREAK CJHL TOP 20 RANKINGS
The Pointstreak CJHL preseason rankings are based upon a variety of factors which includes the league in which the teams belong to, last season’s results in regular season and playoffs as well as initial recruiting efforts for the upcoming season.
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 131 teams and nearly 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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