After three straight wins over Coquitlam, Penticton and Langley in the past week, the Surrey Eagles have been ranked at #13 on the CJHL's weekly rankings of the top 20 Junior "A" teams in Canada. It's the first time this season that the Birds have cracked the top 20, although they have been listed in the honourable mentions a couple of times.
Amongst BCHL teams on the list, the Eagles sit second behind the Victoria Grizzlies who are ranked as the #9 team in the nation. The Pencticton Vees are also on the list, but sit one back of the Birds at #14.
Here's the full release from the CJHL:
The Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting announced today its Weekly Top 20 rankings for the week of January 14th. Last week's rankings and the leagues in which the teams belong to are in parenthesis.
The CJHL Weekly Top 20 as of Monday, January 14th:
1. (1) Brooks Bandits (AJHL)
2. (2) Minnesota Wilderness (SIJHL)
3. (5) Summerside Western Capitals (MHL)
4. (6) Yorkton Terriers (SJHL)
5. (4) Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL)
6. (9) Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL)
7. (10) Buffalo Jr. Sabres (OJHL)
8. (8) Dauphin Kings (MJHL)
9. (3) Yarmouth Jr. 'A' Mariners (MHL)
10. (7) Truro Bearcats (MHL)
11. (13) Humboldt Broncos (SJHL)
12. (15) Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL)
13. (NR) Surrey Eagles (BCHL)
14. (12) Penticton Vees (BCHL)
15. (11) OCN Blizzard (MJHL)
16. (16) Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL)
17. (HM) Winnipeg Blues (MJHL)
18. (14) North Bay Trappers (NOJHL)
19. (18) Ottawa Jr. Senators (CCHL)
20. (20) College Francais de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ)
Honourable Mention goes to the Melville Millionaires (SJHL), Sudbury Nickel Barons (NOJHL), Georgetown Raiders (OJHL), Toronto Lakeshore Patriots (OJHL), Carleton Place Canadiens (CCHL).
The weekly rankings are based upon a variety of factors, including the league in which the teams play, winning percentage, win-loss record, total points accumulated, goals-for versus goals-against ratio, etc.