CALGARY, Alta. – With much of the country enjoying a holiday Monday, the Brooks Bandits (AJHL) continue to be all business.
As the No. 1 club in the Canadian Junior Hockey League Top 20 Rankings, Brooks remains red hot having reeled off 28 straight wins heading into a matinee today vs. the Calgary Mustangs as they look to continue their torrid pace.
Holding firm at No. 2 in the CJHL are the Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL), who have gone 36-3-1-1 to date.
Playing .853 hockey and sporting a 41-5-1-4 record, the Oakville Blades stay No. 3 nationally for another week.
The Summerside Western Capitals (MHL) are No. 4 again as they lead the way in the Maritimes with a 34-7-1-1 mark.
Up to No. 5 in the latest listings is perennial power in Quebec, les Cobras de Terrebonne, who sit in first in the LHJAAAQ with a solid 35-7-3-1 overall record.
After wrapping up their league regular season title over the weekend, the Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) jump to No. 6 in the nation this week.
Rounding out the Top 10 are the Portage Terriers (MJHL); North York Rangers (OJHL); Bonnyville Pontiacs (AJHL) and the defending national champion Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL).
The CJHL Top 20 Rankings (As of Feb. 18)
RK TEAM (LEAGUE) (LAST WEEK)
1. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (1)
2. Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL) (2)
3. Oakville Blades (OJHL) (3)
4. Summerside Western Capitals (MHL) (4)
5. Cobras de Terrebonne (LHJAAAQ) (6)
6. Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) (8)
7. Portage Terriers (MJHL) (5)
8. North York Rangers (OJHL) (7)
9. Bonnyville Pontiacs (AJHL) (9)
10. Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL) (10)
11. Yarmouth Jr. ‘A’ Mariners (MHL) (14)
12. Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL) (11)
13. Brockville Braves (CCHL) (12)
14. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (13)
15. College Français de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ) (15)
16. Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) (17)
17. Prince George Spruce Kings (BCHL) (19)
18. Cobourg Cougars (OJHL) (18)
19. Nipawin Hawks (SJHL) (16)
20. Amherst Ramblers (MHL) (HM)
HONOURABLE MENTION: Penticton Vees (BCHL); Humboldt Broncos (SJHL); Steinbach Pistons (MJHL); Inouk de Granby (LHJAAAQ); Titan de Princeville (LHJAAAQ)