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Pats return to roost atop CHL ranks

Keith Hershmiller

 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the Week 26 and final edition of the CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2016-17 season.  The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

The Regina Pats have returned to their roost atop the CHL Top 10. Closing out the regular season with eight consecutive victories to stake their claim to the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as WHL Regular Season Champions, the Pats will face the Calgary Hitmen in the opening round of the 2017 WHL Playoffs. Game 1 is scheduled for Friday at the Brandt Centre in Regina.

The Medicine Hat Tigers finish the campaign ranked seventh in the CHL Top 10. The Tigers won eight of their final 10 games to close the regular season and claim the Central Division title. Medicine Hat will take on the defending Ed Chynoweth Cup-champion Brandon Wheat Kings to begin the 2017 WHL Playoffs. Game 1 is scheduled for Friday at the Canalta Centre in Medicine Hat.

The Everett Silvertips wrap up the season by moving back into the CHL Top 10, landing in ninth. The Silvertips went 6-2-1-1 down the stretch to fend off the Seattle Thunderbirds and earn the U.S. Division title. Everett will face the Victoria Royals to open the 2017 WHL Playoffs. Game 1 is scheduled for Friday at the XFINITY Arena in Everett.

Rounding out WHL representation in the final edition of the CHL Top 10 is the Seattle Thunderbirds with an honourable mention.

CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 26

Rank: Team: Last Week Rank: Number of Weeks Ranked:
1 Regina Pats (52-12-7-1) 2 25
2 Erie Otters (50-15-2-1) 3 21
3 Saint John Sea Dogs (48-14-5-1) 1 21
4 Owen Sound Attack (49-15-2-2) 6 10
5 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (48-16-3-1) 5 16
6 London Knights (46-15-3-4) 4 25
7 Medicine Hat Tigers (51-20-1-0) 9 12
8 Charlottetown Islanders (46-18-4-0) 7 6
9 Everett Silvertips (44-16-9-3) 20
10 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (43-18-2-5) 8 23
Honourable Mention:
Seattle Thunderbirds (46-20-4-2) 10 3
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (43-19-4-2) 6
Windsor Spitfires (41-19-5-3) 17

 

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