Ottawa, Ontario – March 5, 2015 – Regular season play has concluded in the National Ringette League (NRL) and the Cambridge Turbos round out the season in the top spot in the final Elite Eight rankings. The Turbos, along with Montreal Mission, have secured a bye to the NRL championship and will meet the top two teams from the Western Conference, Edmonton WAM! and Calgary RATH.
The last four spots at the championship will be decided this weekend when eight teams from the Eastern Conference battle it out during playoffs – Ottawa Ice will host Gatineau Fusion, Gloucester Devils will host Atlantic Attack, Richmond Hill Lightning will host Le Royal de Bourassa and Waterloo Wildfire will host Lac St. Louis Adrenaline. Playoffs will consist of a best two out of three series with the winner advancing to the championship that will be held in Wood Buffalo, AB from March 29 to April 4, 2015.
With the exception of Montreal Mission moving up two spots from last month and Waterloo Wildfire rejoining the Elite Eight, there is minimal movement in this month’s rankings. Cambridge Turbos won three and posted their first two losses in regulation time, while Ottawa Ice won both their games this past month. WAM! finished their season in early February and haven’t played any games this past month. All three teams maintained their rankings from last month.
Montreal Mission won five games and dropped two this past month, moving them up two spots to fourth place. Richmond Hill Lightning had an impressive month, winning six and losing one and they move down one spot to fifth. Gloucester Devils split their two games this month and move down one spot to sixth. Calgary RATH won three and lost one game this past month, securing their spot at the NRL championship and maintaining their seventh place ranking. Waterloo Wildfire re-enter the Elite Eight in last spot after winning five out of seven games played this past month. Previously ranked Le Royal de Bourassa fall out of the rankings this month.
National Ringette League Elite Eight as of March 5, 2015:
Rank – (Ranking last month) – Team name – Conference
1 – (1) – Cambridge Turbos – Eastern
2 – (2) – Ottawa Ice – Eastern
3 – (3) – Edmonton WAM! – Western
4 – (6) – Montreal Mission – Eastern
5 – (4) – Richmond Hill Lightning – Eastern
6 – (5) – Gloucester Devils – Eastern
7 – (7) – Calgary RATH – Western
8 – (-) – Waterloo Widfire – Eastern
Ottawa Ice currently hold the NRL Championship title after downing the Cambridge Turbos 7-4 at the 2014 NRL Championship tournament final held in April 2014 in Regina, Saskatchewan. This year’s NRL Championship tournament will be held in Wood Buffalo, AB from March 29 to April 4, 2015.
A full schedule of games, as well as results, stats and player profiles can be viewed on the NRL website at www.nationalringetteleague.ca
2015 has been proclaimed the ‘Year of Sport’ in Canada, which aims to celebrate the role that sport plays in our Canadian identity. Ringette Canada fully supports this proclamation and encourages all Canadians to celebrate sport in their communities.
About the National Ringette League
The National Ringette League (NRL) is the showcase league for ringette in Canada and strives to be the premiere women’s sports league in the country. The league has 14 teams participating in two conferences – a Western Conference with three teams and an Eastern Conference with 11 teams. The objectives of the NRL are to move ringette into the mainstream of Canadian sports activity, encourage greater public awareness of ringette, create more and better competitive opportunities for athletes, and achieve positive financial results at both a league and team level. For more information on the NRL, including schedules, team rosters and athlete profiles, please visit our website at www.nationalringetteleague.ca.
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Media and PR – Ringette Canada/National Ringette League
Office: 613-748-5655, ext. 226