CALGARY, Alta. – While the World Junior A Challenge is underway in Dawson Creek, B.C., and features some of the elite talent in the Canadian Junior Hockey League, games also continue across the 131-team CJHL.
Once again topping the latest CJHL Top 20 Rankings this week, which are determined through an independent scouting source, are the 31-1-1 Brooks Bandits (AJHL).
Moving to No. 2 nationally you have another AJHL side in the Sherwood Park Crusaders, who boast a 26-3 mark.
Earning the No. 3 slot in the CJHL this week are the surging Summerside Western Capitals (MHL), who are 15-0-0-1 in their past 16 outings and 23-3-0-1 overall.
No. 4 College Français de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ) have gone 22-3-0-1 over in their league while the No. 5 Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) are 28-3-3-1 and top the table in their 12-team league in eastern Ontario.
Moving up to No. 6, the Coquitlam Express (BCHL) have reeled off nine straight victories.
Meanwhile, the Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) 7th; Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) 8th; Toronto Patriots (OJHL) 9th and the Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) 10th round out the Top 10.
2019-20 CJHL Top 20 Rankings
As of Dec. 9
RK TEAM (LEAGUE) (PREVIOUS RANKING)
1. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (1)
2. Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) (3)
3. Summerside Western Capitals (MHL) (7)
4. College Français de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ) (2)
5. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (5)
6. Coquitlam Express (BCHL) (11)
7. Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) (10)
8. Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) (4)
9. Toronto Patriots (OJHL) (9)
10. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) (6)
11. Braves de Valleyfield (LHJAAAQ) (14)
12. Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) (HM)
13. Brockville Braves (CCHL) (12)
14. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (13)
15. Oakville Blades (OJHL) (16)
16. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) (15)
17. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (17)
18. Wellington Dukes (OJHL) (8)
19. Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL) (HM)
20. Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL) (20)
HONOURABLE MENTION: Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL); Portage Terriers (MJHL); Hearst Lumberjacks (NOJHL); Timmins Rock (NOJHL); Titan de Princeville (LHJAAAQ)