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Final Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings for 2019-20 season unveiled

Keith Dwiggins/Portland Winterhawks

 

Toronto, Ont. – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the final edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2019-20 season. The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

Leading all Western Hockey League member Clubs, the Portland Winterhawks were ranked fourth. Friday, the 45-11-3-4 Winterhawks were awarded the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as WHL Regular Season champions for the first time since 2012-13. As part of their impressive regular season, the Winterhawks posted a 26-2-2-2 record on home ice for a 0.875 winning percentage to lead the league.

Right behind them in fifth place, the Everett Silvertips enjoyed a strong close to their regular season. Ending the season on a 9-1-0-0 run, the Silvertips allowed just 142 goals to lead the WHL this season. Calgary Flames prospect Dustin Wolf played a large part in the team’s stingy defensive play, recording nine shutouts to lead all WHL goaltenders. Wolf also led the league with a 1.88 goals-against average, 0.935 save percentage, and tied for first with 34 wins.

In the eighth spot, the Edmonton Oil Kings clinched back-to-back Central Division titles with the conclusion of the regular season. For the first time since the 2013-14 WHL Regular Season, the Oil Kings also rose to the top of the Eastern Conference with a 42-12-6-4 record. As part of their outstanding season, goaltender Beck Warm provided the team with a strong second half. In 15 games, Warm compiled an 11-2-0-2 record, 2.30 GAA, 0.915 SV%, and one shutout.

The Spokane Chiefs rounded out a quartet of WHL member Clubs in the final rankings, appearing in the 10th spot. Finishing with a 41-18-4-1 record, the Chiefs placed third in the U.S. Division. Friday, Minnesota Wild prospect Adam Beckman was recognized with the Bob Clarke Trophy as the WHL’s scoring champion for the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season. Beckman posted 107 points (48G-59A) in 63 games and was the lone WHL skater to surpass the 100-point plateau.

Earning an honourable mention, the Kamloops Blazers claimed the B.C. Division title with a record of 41-18-3-1. A strong performance by captain Zane Franklin powered the Blazers to the division title. He led the team with 91 points (29G-62A) in 63 games to set new career-high totals in all three major offensive categories. Those totals placed him second in assists for all WHL skaters fourth in overall scoring.

Final Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings:

Rank: Team: Last Week Ranked: Total Weeks Ranked:
1 Sherbrooke Phoenix (51-8-3-1) 1 26
2 Ottawa 67’s (50-11-0-1) 2 24
3 Moncton Wildcats (50-13-1-0) 3 20
4 Portland Winterhawks (45-11-3-4) 4 16
5 Everett Silvertips (46-13-3-1) 5 20
6 London Knights (45-15-1-1) 6 12
7 Chicoutimi Sagueneens (45-12-5-1) 7 26
8 Edmonton Oil Kings (42-12-6-4) 8 23
9 Saginaw Spirit (41-16-3-2) 9 5
10 Spokane Chiefs (41-18-4-1) 10 2
Honourable Mention:
Kitchener Rangers (40-16-5-2) 5
Kamloops Blazers (41-18-3-1) 5
Cape Breton Eagles (40-20-2-1) 6

About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

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