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Crunch 7th in CJHL rankings; Thunderbirds, Voodoos earn honourable mention



Release Date: Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

Crunch 7th in CJHL rankings; Thunderbirds, Voodoos earn honourable mention

SUDBURY – Despite suffering their first regulation loss last week the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Cochrane Crunch are still highly thought of in the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s Top 20 rankings, which were announced Monday.

The week’s listings saw the Crunch tabbed seventh overall in the 132-team CJHL while the surging Soo Thunderbirds and Powassan Voodoos both earned honourable mention laurels.

Heading into a road game at Powassan this evening, Cochrane boasts an 11-1-1-1 record, one point ahead of the 11-3-1-0 Voodoos.

As for the Thunderbirds, 13-5-0-0 Sault Ste. Marie currently sits in top spot in the overall NOJHL standings with 26 points. However, the Crunch holds four games in hand on the Soo and one on Powassan.

The lone remaining unbeaten side in the CJHL, the 12-0-0-0 Steinbach Pistons (MJHL), are once again the No. 1 club in the CJHL this week.

A pair of Quebec Junior Hockey League squads, in the Terrebonne Cobras and College Francais de Longueuil round out the top three in second and third respectively.

The following is the latest CJHL Top 20 rankings and five honourable mention teams:

CJHL TOP 20 (As of Oct. 24)
1. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (1)
2. Les Cobras de Terrebonne (LHJQ) (2)
3. College Francais de Longueuil (LHJQ) (6)
4. Cobourg Cougars (OJHL) (8)
5. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (9)
6. Bonnyville Pontiacs (AJHL) (14)
7. Cochrane Crunch (NOJHL) (5)
8. Yarmouth Jr. ‘A’ Mariners (MHL) (3)
9. Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) (4)
10. Georgetown Raiders (OJHL) (17)
11. Portage Terriers (MJHL) (7)
12. Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL) (11)
13. Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) (13)
14. Humboldt Broncos (SJHL) (15)
15. Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL) (HM)
16. English River Miners (SIJHL) (NR)
17. Estevan Bruins (SJHL) (NR)
18. Winkler Flyers (MJHL) (NR)
19. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) (18)
20. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (20)

Honourable Mention: Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL); Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL); Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL); Dryden GM Ice Dogs (SIJHL); Miramichi Timberwolves (MHL)


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.


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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