Blizzard climbs to 10th place

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – Thanks to their latest victory last week, the Edmundston Blizzard now find themselves in 10th position in the 122-team Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) standings.

The Blizzard overtook the Grand Falls Rapids 6-3 on Friday to move up one spot on the national scene. Edmundston has enjoyed the Maritime Junior A Hockey League’s strongest run over the past 20 games, with a record of 18 wins, one loss and one overtime defeat. They are currently on a six-game winning streak.

Despite a bitter 8-4 loss on Sunday, the Summerside Western Capitals (27-5-3-4) moved up from 7th to 5th in Canada. The West Kent Steamers (27-10-2-0) are now 18th, having been 17th last week.

In the national rankings, we still find the Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL, 34-2-2-0), followed by the Collingwood Blues (OJHL, 39-5-0-1) and the Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL, 35-7-1-1).

The CJHL seems to have revised its rating system, as it has excluded from the rankings five Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) teams that were included almost every week. The Brooks Bandits (2nd last week), Sherwood Park Crusaders (8th), Spruce Grove Saints, Blackfalds Bulldogs (honorable mention) and Okotoks Oilers (14th) recently announced that they would be joining British Columbia’s independent league next season. This would leave the CJHL with 117 teams for the 2024-2025 season.

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The Blizzard’s success is reflected in the number of spectators who fill the Jean-Daigle Centre’s stands game after game, as shown in this photo taken last Friday.

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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone