NOJHL’s Thunderbirds 7th in CJHL Rankings; Gold Miners 19th

CALGARY, Alta. – Winners of nine consecutive games and having gone 17-1-1-1 in their past 20 outings sees the Oakville Blades (OJHL) move into top spot in the latest Canadian Junior Hockey League’s Top 20 Rankings, released Monday.

Oakville will have a chance right off the get go to test their No. 1 ranking as the 24-2-1-1 Blades play on home ice Monday afternoon.

Also, winners of nine straight, and sitting 19-1-1 overall, the Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL) maintain their hold on No. 2 in the 133-team CJHL.

Joining Oakville with 50 points, the 25-3 Brooks Bandits were tabbed No. 3 nationally as the 2019 National Jr. A Championship hosts remain among the country’s elite.

Boasting the best winning percentage in the LHJAAAQ, 20-3-2 les Cobras des Terrebonne (LHJAAAQ) were slotted fourth once again while surging the Portage Terriers (MJHL) are 12-0-1-1 in their past 14 and 22-4-1-1 overall to sit first in Manitoba and earn a No. 5 ranking this week.

The weekly CJHL rankings, compiled by an independent scouting service, which uses a variety of factors to determine them.

The CJHL Top 20 Rankings (As of Dec. 3)
1. Oakville Blades (OJHL) (3)
2. Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL) (2)
3. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (1)
4. Cobras de Terrebonne (LHJAAAQ) (4)
5. Portage Terriers (MJHL) (10)
6. Yarmouth Jr. ‘A’ Mariners (MHL) (5)
7. Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) (8)
8. Summerside Western Capitals (MHL) (7)
9. Bonnyville Pontiacs (AJHL) (11)
10. Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL) (9)
11. North York Rangers (OJHL) (12)
12. Brockville Braves (CCHL) (6)
13. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (13)
14. Titan de Princeville (LHJAAAQ) (14)
15. Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) (18)
16. Prince George Spruce Kings (BCHL) (15)
17. Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL) (16)
18. Red Lake Miners (SIJHL) (20)
19. Kirkland Lake Gold Miners (NOJHL) (NR)
20. Nipawin Hawks (SJHL) (NR)

HONOURABLE MENTION: Penticton Vees (BCHL); Melfort Mustangs (SJHL); Rockland Nationals (CCHL); Inouk de Granby (LHJAAAQ); Amherst Ramblers (MHL)