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Thunderbirds still No. 1 in CJHL rankings while 3 other NOJHL clubs recognized



Release Date: Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

Thunderbirds still No. 1 in CJHL rankings while 3 other NOJHL clubs recognized

SUDBURY – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League continues to be well situated in the mix in the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s Pointstreak Top 20 weekly rankings.

The latest rankings, which are compiled in conjunction with International Scouting Services, has the Soo Thunderbirds still as the top side in the 131-team CJHL.

Joining the Thunderbirds from the NOJHL in the listings are the Cochrane Crunch, who dropped one notch to ninth overall, despite winning all four games they played last week.

Also slotted in the rankings were the Powassan Voodos, who remain No. 15 nationally, while the 2016 Dudley-Hewitt Cup host Kirkland Lake Gold Miners earned honourable mention status.

Sault Ste. Marie remains in first place in the NOJHL West division as well as in top spot in the overall standings with 73 points on a 36-4-1-0 record.

They also hold three games in hand on second overall Cochrane with the Crunch pacing the NOJHL East while boasting a 33-7-2-2 mark and 70 points.

Powassan and Kirkland Lake have 63 points apiece in the NOJHL East with the Voodoos having gone 29-8-3-2 and the Gold Miners 30-9-2-1.

There was no change in the CJHL rankings among the top five teams this week with the Penticton Vees (BCHL), Portage Terriers (MJHL), Trenton Gold Hawks (OJHL) and Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) holding down second through fifth respectively.

The following is the Pointstreak CJHL top 20 rankings and five honourable mention squads for the period ending Jan. 31:

1. Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) (1)
2. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (2)
3. Portage Terriers (MJHL) (3)
4. Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) (4)
5. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) (5)
6. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (6)
7. Fort Frances Lakers (SIJHL) (7)
8. Whitecourt Wolverines (AJHL) (9)
9. Cochrane Crunch (NOJHL) (8)
10. Lloydminster Bobcats (AJHL)  (11)
11. Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL) (10)
12. Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) (13)
13. College Francais de Longeueil (QJHL) (12)
14. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (14)
15. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) (15)
16. Winkler Flyers (MJHL) (HM)
17. Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators (CCHL) (16)
18. Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL) (18)
19. Kingston Voyageurs (OJHL) (NR)
20. Woodstock Slammers (MHL) (20)

Honourable Mention: Kirkland Lake Gold Miners (NOJHL); Melfort Mustangs (SJHL); Weyburn Red Wings (SJHL); Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL); Sainte-Agathe Montagnards (QJHL)


The Pointstreak CJHL Top 20 weekly rankings are produced in conjunction with International Scouting Services (ISS) and 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 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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