National Ringette league announces Elite Eight rankings, January stars

Ottawa, Ontario – February 3, 2010 – With just over six weeks left in regular season play, competition in the National Ringette League is fierce and teams have their sights squarely set on securing a spot at the 2010 NRL Championship tournament being held in Saskatoon, SK from April 5-10, 2010. The league announces its monthly Elite Eight rankings today, as well as its stars for the month of January.

Despite facing their first loss of the season to Richmond Hill Lightning, Cambridge Turbos (1) captured eight wins this past month and continue to retain their top spot in the rankings. Ottawa Ice (2) remained strong this past month and hold onto the number two spot, picking up ten wins, including a 5-4 shootout over Montreal Mission (3). Ottawa’s win gave Montreal their only loss in their last six games, moving the Mission to third spot from seventh last month. Edmonton WAM! (4) edge up one spot from fifth last month after taking three wins from Saskatoon Wild and splitting a Sunday pair with Calgary RATH. Gloucester Devils (5) won seven of their last ten games and break into the rankings this month in fifth spot. Calgary RATH (6) maintain their sixth place ranking, claiming four wins and a tie in their eight games last month. Two newcomers round out the Elite Eight, with Cyclones de Quebec (7) posting three wins in their last eight games and taking seventh spot and Prairie Fire (8) placing eighth after posting three wins and a tie in their seven games in January.

The top star in the Western Conference goes to Ashley Peters from Edmonton WAM!, who was a strong force on defence in the WAM!’s five January games. Two Winnipeg goalies pick up the second and third stars this month. Prairie Fire’s Elise Crocker picks up the second star nod after posting a 0.893 save percentage this past month, blocking 191 of the 214 shots she faced in the Fire’s seven January games. Manitoba Jets goalie Amy Clarkson claims the third star for the second month in a row, facing 202 shots in six games and posting a 0.851 save percentage.

Two of this month’s Eastern Conference stars are no strangers to the top star list. Jacqueline Gaudet of the Cambridge Turbos picks up the top star nod and Montreal Mission’s Julie Blanchette claims the third star this month. The stars were reversed last month with Gaudet as third star and Blanchette getting the top star nod. Gaudet posted 17 goals and seven assists in seven games, while Blanchette picked up seven goals and 13 assists in six games. Katie Lugg from the Ottawa Ice is this month’s second star, posting an impressive 18 goals and 14 assists in eleven games.

National Ringette League Elite Eight as of February 3, 2010:
Rank – (Ranking last month) – Team name – Conference
1 – (1) – Cambridge Turbos – Eastern
2 – (2) – Ottawa Ice – Eastern
3 – (7) – Montreal Mission – Eastern
4 – (5) – Edmonton WAM!
5 – (-) – Gloucester Devils – Eastern
6 – (6) – Calgary RATH – Western
7 – (-) – Cyclones de Quebec – Eastern
8 – (-) – Prairie Fire – Western

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 18 teams participating in two conferences – a Western Conference with six teams and an Eastern Conference with 12 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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Alayne Martell
Media and PR – Ringette Canada/National Ringette League
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Cell: 902.308.1067
alayne@ringette.ca
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