CALGARY, Alta. – A couple of weeks into things and the Penticton Vees (BCHL) remain the No. 1 slotted side in the Canadian Junior Hockey League Top 20 rankings.
Penticton, at an impressive 8-0, are one of eight squads across the land who have yet to taste defeat so far in their respective leagues.
Earning the No. 2 nod nationally this week is the Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL), who have won seven straight outings.
Right behind them at No. 3 you have the defending national Jr. A champion Brooks Bandits (AJHL) who have begun with a 6-0 run out in Alberta.
Over in Saskatchewan, the Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) have impressed in their 12-team league coming away victorious in their initial seven contests and jumped all the way to No. 4 in the CJHL.
Sitting in the No. 5 slot you have the Braves de Valleyfield (LHJAAAQ), who also boast a 7-0 beginning to their year.
Rounding out the Top 10 are the Portage Terriers (MJHL) 6th; College Français de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ) 7th; Red Lake Miners (SIJHL) 8th; Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) 9th and the Burlington Cougars (OJHL) in 10th.
2019-20 CJHL Top 20 Rankings (As of Sept. 30)
RK TEAM (LEAGUE) (PREVIOUS RANKING)
1. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (1)
2. Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) (5)
3. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (7)
4. Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) (17)
5. Braves de Valleyfield (LHJAAAQ) (8)
6. Portage Terriers (MJHL) (10)
7. College Français de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ) (13)
8. Red Lake Miners (SIJHL) (NR)
9. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (19)
10. Burlington Cougars (OJHL) (6)
11. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) (HM)
12. Oakville Blades (OJHL) (3)
13. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) (2)
14. Coquitlam Express (BCHL) (NR)
15. Nipawin Hawks (SJHL) (9)
16. Blind River Beavers (NOJHL) (20)
17. South Shore Lumberjacks (MHL) (NR)
18. Toronto Patriots (OJHL) (NR)
19. Summerside Western Capitals (MHL) (NR)
20. Pembroke Lumber Kings (CCHL) (HM)
HONOURABLE MENTION: Steinbach Pistons (MJHL); Rayside-Balfour Canadians (NOJHL); Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL); Titan de Princeville (LHJAAAQ); Edmundston Blizzard (MHL)