Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the first week of BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings prior to the start of the 2010-11 season. The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.
The OHL’s Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors, hosts of the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup, open the season in top spot. They are followed by the Saint John Sea Dogs who spent 23 weeks in the rankings last season before falling to the Moncton Wildcats in the QMJHL finals. In third spot are the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks who had eight players selected in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
The 2010-11 CHL season opens with QMJHL action tonight between the defending champion Moncton Wildcats and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. The OHL and WHL schedules begin on Thursday September 23, 2010, and Friday September 24, 2010, respectively.
Week two of the BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings will be issued on Wednesday September 29, 2010.
BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 1
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