National Ringette League announces Elite Eight rankings, November Stars

Ottawa, Ontario – December 1, 2010 – After eight weeks of competition, teams in the National Ringette League (NRL) continue to battle it out for a spot at the NRL Championship tournament, which will be held in Cambridge, ON from March 27 to April 2, 2011. Today the league announces its Elite Eight rankings as well as its November stars.

In the Eastern Conference, all three stars competed with Team Canada and won silver at the world ringette championship, which was held in Finland in early November. The first star is Montreal Mission’s Julie Blanchette who posted an impressive 17 goals and 23 assists during eight games in November. The second star goes to Jacqueline Gaudet from the Cambridge Turbos, who picked up 16 goals and eight assists in the Turbos six games this past month. The last star goes to Beth Hurren with the Richmond Hill Lightning. Hurren, who was also named to the all-star line at the world ringette championship, scored 11 goals and seven assists in six games for the Lightning.

In the Western Conference, the league’s first star goes to Jennifer Hartley with the Edmonton WAM! after posting 13 goals and nine assists in the WAM!’s nine games in November. Hartley also picked up silver at the world ringette championship, was named MVP for Canada and was named to the all-star line at the event. The second star goes to Shannon Anderson with the Fraser Valley Avalanche, who posted a 0.912 save percentage in six games between the pipes during the month of November. The last star in the west goes to Manitoba Jets forward Carrie Nash who scored 13 goals and three assists during the Jets eight games this past month.

Today the league also announced its monthly Elite Eight rankings, which sees some significant movement as well as a few newcomers since last month’s rankings. Prairie Fire (1) skyrocket into first place from fourth this month after winning seven of their last eight games. Cambridge Turbos (2) remain undefeated and hold onto the second place spot in the rankings. Previously unranked Calgary RATH (3) blast into third place after going undefeated in their six games since last month. Fraser Valley Avalanche (4) drop one spot to fourth after splitting their last six games, including a pair of shootout wins and two shootout losses. Montreal Mission (5) jump to fifth spot from eighth last month after winning seven of their last eight games, suffering their only loss in the month to Cambridge. Edmonton WAM! (6) drop from the top spot last month to sixth after only winning four of their last nine games. Richmond Hill Lightning (7) are the second newcomer to this month’s rankings coming in seventh after winning five of their six games in November. Ottawa Ice (8) round out this month’s rankings in eighth, winning five and losing two in the past month. Gloucester Devils, who were in sixth place last month, and Manitoba Jets, who were in seventh, have dropped from the rankings.

National Ringette League Elite Eight as of December 1, 2010:
Rank – (Ranking last month) – Team name – Conference
1 – (4) – Prairie Fire – Western
2 – (2) – Cambridge Turbos – Eastern
3 – (–) – Calgary RATH – Western
4 – (3) – Fraser Valley Avalanche – Western
5 – (8) – Montreal Mission – Eastern
6 – (1) – Edmonton WAM! – Western
7 – (–) – Richmond Hill Lightning – Eastern
8 – (5) – Ottawa Ice – Eastern