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First Top-20 of the season

CALGARY, Alta. – The Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) announced Saturday its Top 20 preseason rankings for the upcoming 2018-19 season.

Topping the preseason tabulations, which were compiled by a non-affiliated scouting agency, are the Penticton Vees (BCHL).

Coming in at No. 2 were the 2019 Canadian National Jr. A Championship-host Brooks Bandits (AJHL) while Wellington Dukes (OJHL) were slotted third in the 133-team CJHL.

Rounding out the Top 5 are the Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) at No. 4 followed by the Okotoks Oilers (AJHL).

The overall preseason Top 20 features eight league playoff champions from 2017-18 as well as trio of CJHL regional championship sides.

Among the five clubs garnering Honourable Mention laurels were the defending national Jr. A winner, the Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL), along with the Humboldt Broncos (SJHL).

The initial 2018-19 weekly CJHL Top 20 rankings will be announced on Monday, Sept. 24, which follows the commencement of the regular season of all 10-member leagues.

The following is the CJHL 2018-19 Preseason Top 20 rankings: (As of September 1st)

RANK TEAM (LEAGUE)

1. Penticton Vees (BCHL)
2. Brooks Bandits (AJHL)
3. Wellington Dukes (OJHL)
4. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL)
5. Okotoks Oilers (AJHL)
6. Nipawin Hawks (SJHL)
7. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL)
8. Cochrane Crunch (NOJHL)
9. Amherst Ramblers (MHL)
10. Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators (CCHL)
11. Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL)
12. Edmundston Blizzard (MHL)
13. Battlefords North Stars (SJHL)
14. Cobras de Terrebonne (LHJAAAQ)
15. Vernon Vipers (BCHL)
16. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL)
17. Melfort Mustangs (SJHL)
18. Aurora Tigers (OJHL)
19. College Français Longueuil (LHJAAAQ)
20. Dryden GM Ice Dogs (SIJHL)

Honourable Mention: Humboldt Broncos (SJHL); Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL); Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL); Georgetown Raiders (OJHL); North York Rangers (OJHL)

ABOUT THE CJHL: The Canadian Junior Hockey League is made up of the 10 Junior ‘A’ leagues across Canada and five communities in the northern U.S. Representing 133 teams and over 3,000 players, the CJHL also boasts over 2,800 alumni furthering their hockey careers at the NHL, AHL, ECHL, CHL, NCAA and U Sports levels throughout North America.