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Thunderbirds take over top spot nationally

Monday, February 03, 2014   by: Brad Coccimiglio

The latest national rankings are out and the Soo Thunderbirds have moved up again.

After being ranked second in last week’s CJHL national rankings, the Thunderbirds have overtaken top spot.

Thanks to a 22-game winning streak, the Thunderbirds jumped into top spot while the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta League dropped from top spot last week to third this week. Spruce Grove (AJHL) jumped from fifth last week to second. The Selkirk Steelers (MJHL) were ranked fourth while the Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) rounded out the top five.

Full Rankings (last week’s ranking in brackets)

  1. Soo Thunderbirds – NOJHL (2)
  2. Spruce Grove Saints – AJHL (5)
  3. Fort McMurray Oil Barons – AJHL (1)
  4. Selkirk Steelers – MJHL (3)
  5. Carleton Place Canadians – CCHL (4)
  6. Fort Frances Lakers – SIJHL (7)
  7. Aurora Tigers – OJHL (18)
  8. Powell River Kings – BCHL (15)
  9. Kingston Voyageurs – OJHL (7)
  10. Brooks Bandits – AJHL (12)
  11. Langley Rivermen – BCHL (10)
  12. Dauphin Kings – MJHL (HM)
  13. Yorkton Terriers – SJHL (NR)
  14. Battlefords North Stars – SJHL (HM)
  15. Kirkland Lake Gold Miners – NOJHL (14)
  16. Thunder Bay North Stars – SIJHL (13)
  17. Kindersley Klippers – SJHL (16)
  18. Les Pantheres de Saint Jerome – LHJAAAQ (17)             
  19. Weeks Crushers – MHL (NR)
  20. Miramichi Timberwolves – MHL (NR)

Honourable Mention: Prince George Spruce Kings (BCHL), Drumheller Dragons (AJHL), Portage Terriers (MJHL),  Toronto Lakeshore Patriots (OJHL), Smiths Falls Bears (CCHL)

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Coolmummer1 2/3/2014 1:29:53 PM Report

They play great hockey!
Ski-Dude 2/3/2014 1:40:46 PM Report

soo_fan_86 2/3/2014 1:53:21 PM Report

Great group of kids and set of coaching staff like jordan smith and ryan maunu.. not only are they people persons but they are game smart and know the game inside and out.. no wonder why the kids are working hard for well-respected coaches.. well done t-birds
help me 2/3/2014 3:00:34 PM Report

I really wish shaw cable would have all the games on TV because there are some of us who cannot get to the hockey games
Ty2g 2/3/2014 6:06:08 PM Report

It's sad the Soo Thunderbirds players, coaches, staff, work hard to represent this city so well, but hardly have 250 fans show up per night. People in the Sault should be ashamed of their selves. They will attend every Greyhound game winning or losing season and draw 5,000 people, but a team who is ranked 1ST IN CANADA CANT GET over 300 fans at the ESSAR CENTRE???. These locals HERE MAKE me sick. Go and support these young players like you do the Greyhounds, there 1st in Canada for Christ Sake how much more do you want from them!!!!!! They would be happy with 1000 people! Stop being two face locals cheering for one team and not giving a shit about another, go attend the games and show them how proud you are of their hard work and accomplishments!!!
katiegen 2/3/2014 7:32:04 PM Report

Come on Sault Ste Marie. Give these young men a break. They are number one across all of Canada and yet cannot fill the Essar Center. It's only $8.00 admission and $5.oo for students and kids 12 and under are free. These young men are well coached and are

gentlemen from the word go. Of course no one gets recognition in their own town. Can we prove them wrong??
The next game is Wednesday night at 7:00 P.M. at the Rankin Arena against Elliott Lake come on let's back our team.
sparky 2/4/2014 10:28:32 AM Report

just a thought, if they are playing at the the Rankin, where would 1000 fans sit? Up until recently, I thought their games were played at the John Rhodes. even 250 fans would not fit there. I agree 250 fans in the Essar doesn't fill it up but they don't always play at the Essar. It would be nice to see the fan support increase but I don't think anyone is intentionally snubbing them, the Greyhounds are advertised at every turn in town so are on peoples minds more.
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