Canadian rankings : the Blizzard makes the best improvement of the week!

Blizzard players, billet families and team volunteers gathered after Sunday’s game in the Jean-Daigle Centre’s mezzanine to share a Christmas meal and exchange gifts. The players we see proudly show their hockey card.

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – The Edmundston Blizzard jumped five places in the top 20 Junior A hockey teams rankings as released today by the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL). Edmundston now occupies the 14th place. Last week, the team was ranked 19th.

This is the biggest improvement among the top 20 teams in the standings prepared for the CJHL. Week-by-week, the league lists the best teams from coast to coast among the 132 Junior A teams.

The Blizzard is atop the Maritime Junior Hockey League (MHL) with 47 points out of a possible 58. With a record of 22 wins, 4 losses and 3 overtime defeats, Ryan Salvis’ protégés have forged a priority of 15 points at the top of the EastLink division and 4 points in the league’s overall standings.

The number one team in the country is the Thief River Falls Norskies who claim a near-perfect record of 28 wins and a single loss in the Superior International Junior Hockey League.

The Blizzard won both games this past weekend and lost only once in regulation time in its last 17 games.

The Yarmouth Mariners (21-6-1-0) are the only other MHL team to be considered this week with an honourable mention.

Here is the ranking of the Blizzard in the country week after week, since last September 25 marking the beginning of the regular season for the teams (16th, 6th, 2nd, 13th, unrated, 20th, 12th, 19th, 14th, 20th, 17th, 19th, 14th).

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