EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – Edmundston Blizzard’s excellent start to the season, atop the Maritime Hockey League’s overall standings, earned them 11th place among the 122 Junior A teams in Canada this week.
This is the first compilation of the weekly ranking of the top 20 teams by the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), which includes teams from eight Canadian provinces.
With a record of five wins and one loss, the Blizzard have a total of 10 points, three more than the West Kent Steamers (3-1-1-0), who trail them in the Eastlink North division, and the Summerside Western Capitals (3-1-0-1), first in the Eastlink South division. Summerside ranks 17th in the country.
The last time the Blizzard earned a higher selection on the national stage was on October 7, 2019, when the CJHL experts placed them 9th.
During Edmundston’s first dream season in 2017-2018, the Blizzard had been ranked 21 times out of 22 in the “top 20” in the country. On October 10, 2017, the Blizzard was ranked 2nd. The Blizzard’s best Canadian ranking last season was 18th.
As the campaign begins across the country, the Smiths Falls Bears (CCHL, 6-0-0-0) claim the top spot, followed by the Humboldt Broncos (SJHL, 2-0-0-0) and the Rockland Nationals (CCHL, 5-0-0-0).
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Blizzard players at their last home game on September 24. (Photo Percy Picard)
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone