There are those who do not think that being mentioned in the weekly rankings of the coast to coast Canadian Jr. Hockey League is worth all that much. But I beg to differ.
Making the weekly top 20 list of the CJHL can mean a lot to a franchise, especially a small market team that can use the positive feedback that goes with being nationally ranked. Not only can being ranked add credibility to an already reputable team but it could help in future recruiting efforts. And it can also spur on a team that might not be ranked in a certain week to try to make the list in the future.
As for hockey in northeastern and northwestern Ontario, I thought it was rather noteworthy that five teams made the most recent list of the CJHL national rankings. In total, three teams from the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and two from the Superior International Jr. Hockey League are on the latest CJHL rankings board.
They include the Timmins Rock of the NOJHL at no. 5, Red Lake Miners of the SIJHL at no. 6, Soo Thunderbirds of the NOJHL at no. 9, Powassan Voodoos of the NOJHL at no. 13 and Kam River Fighting Walleye of the SIJHL at no. 17. As well, the Hearst Lumberjacks of the NOJHL received an honourable mention.