EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – The Edmundston Blizzard is back in the top 20 teams in the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), placing it 9th in its weekly rankings released today.
This is an extraordinary leap for coach Emery Olauson’s team who received an honorable mention last week from Canadian supervisors. The Blizzard has won its last six games. By defeating top teams like Summerside and Yarmouth in this winning streak has probably been an important factor in the judges’ decision.
The last time the Blizzard was in the top 20 in the Canadian rankings was March 5, 2018 when it was ranked 19th. During the first dream season in Edmundston in 2017-2018, the Blizzard was ranked 21 times out of 22 in the nation’s top 20. Edmundston was even ranked 2nd on October 10, 2017.
The Blizzard currently ranks 1st in the MHL Eastlink North Division with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss, two points better than the Summerside Western Capitals, 6-2-0-0. With 14 points, the Blizzard shares the league’s overall lead with the South Shore Lumberjacks (7-1-0-0), leaders of the Eastlink South Division. The Lumberjacks are ranked 10th in Canada right now.
The top three positions in Canada among the 132 teams are held in order by the Penticton Vees (BCHL – British Columbia, 10-0-0-0), the Brooks Bandits (AJHL – Alberta, 8-0-0), and the Portage Terriers (MJHL – Manitoba, 8-0-0-0).
Picked by an independent scouting service, the weekly rankings are based upon a variety of factors, including winning percentage; win-loss record; point totals; goals-for versus goals-against ratio, etc., and the league they compete in.
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The Edmundston Blizzard is ranked 9th in the national rankings of the Canadian Junior Hockey League. Photo archives Digiphoto
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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone