Thursday, September 9, 2010


The Saint John Sea Dogs are starting where they left off.

Today, the Canadian Hockey League released the pre-season edition of the BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings. The weekly rankings of the CHL’s top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

Saint John was ranked second in the nation in this week's Top 10. Only the Ontario Hockey League’s Mississauga St. Michael's Majors – who are the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup hosts - are placed higher than the Sea Dogs.

Other Quebec Major Junior Hockey League teams include the Montreal Junior in the seventh spot and the Rimouski Oceanic ranked ninth.

Here are the full rankings:

1. Mississauga St. Michael's Majors
2. Saint John Sea Dogs
3. Portland Winterhawks
4. Kitchener Rangers
5. London Knights
6. Tri-City Americans
7. Montreal Juniors
8. Saskatoon Blades
9. Rimouski Oceanic
10. Red Deer Rebels

Honourable Mention:
Ottawa 67's
Quebec Remparts
Chilliwack Bruins

Saint John was listed in the Top 10 for most of the 2009-10 season, including a lengthy stint ranked first in the nation during the team’s 22-game winning streak. The Dogs finished last year ranked second.

The Hockey News picked Saint John to finish third in the country in their Top 10 rankings.

With the OHL and Western Hockey League season not starting for two weeks, week two of the BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings will not be issued until Wednesday September 29, 2010.

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