SUDBURY -- The Canadian Junior Hockey League, in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting, announced Monday their final Top 20 rankings of the 2012-13 season with the two leading teams in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League standings both garnering recognition.
Wrapping up the rankings in 15th spot overall are the NOJHL-leading North Bay Trappers, who moved up one placing from a week ago while the Soo Thunderbirds finished with Honourable Mention laurels.
North Bay is presently pacing the NOJHL with 71 points on a 32-7-3-4 record with Sault Ste. Marie sitting on 64 points on a 29-9-3-3 overall mark.
With the Trappers having two games remaining and the T-Birds four, one more victory by North Bay, or a loss by the Soo, will give them their first regular season title since the 2008-09 campaign.
The rankings conclude with one change among the top five teams in the CJHL.
Finishing up first and second were the Brooks Bandits (AJHL) and Minnesota Wilderness (SIJHL) respectively while the Dauphin Kings (MJHL) moved to third nationally with the Royal Bank Cup host Summerside Western Capitals (MHL) slipping to fourth.
Rounding out that list in fifth is the Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL).
The following are the final CJHL Top 20 ranked clubs and Honourable Mention squads for the 2012-13 season. Included in the listings are their final overall ranking, their position last week, as well as the league in which they are a member of.
1. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (1)
2. Minnesota Wilderness (SIJHL) (2)
3. Dauphin Kings (MJHL) (4)
4. Summerside Western Capitals (MHL) (3)
5. Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) (5)
6. Humboldt Broncos (SJHL) (6)
7. Yorkton Terriers (SJHL)(7)
8. Winnipeg Blues (MJHL) (8)
9. Yarmouth Jr. ‘A’ Mariners (MHL) (9)
10. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (15)
11. Melville Millionaires (SJHL) (11)
12. Buffalo Jr. Sabres (OJHL) (12)
13. Surrey Eagles (BCHL) (14)
14. Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL) (10)
15. North Bay Trappers (NOJHL) (16)
16. Truro Bearcats (MHL) (13)
17. Kingston Voyageurs (OJHL) (17)
18. Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) (18)
19. Ottawa Jr. A Senators (CCHL) (19)
20. Saint-Jerome Pantheres (LHJAAAQ) (HM)
Honourable Mention: Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL); Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL); Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL); OCN Blizzard (MJHL); Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL)
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, and total points accumulated along with goals-for versus goals-against ratio, etc.
The CJHL is an amalgamation of 10 Jr. A hockey leagues across Canada.
More information on the CJHL can be found by visiting the league website www.cjhlhockey.com.