National Ringette League announces Elite Eight rankings, November Super Seven

Ottawa, Ontario – December 6, 2012 – With two months of games on the books, teams in the National Ringette League (NRL) continue to battle it out for a spot at the NRL Championship tournament in Fredericton, New Brunswick from March 31 to April 6, 2013. Today the league announces its Elite Eight rankings as well as its November Super Seven.

This month’s Super Seven, which is a starting line up of the top performers from the previous month, along with the top rookie performer, include:

F – Audrey-Anne Plante, Rive Sud Revolution
F – Jayme Simzer, Ottawa Ice
C – Emily Bakker, Cambridge Turbos
D – Beth Hurren, Richmond Hill Lightning
D – Kacy Hannesson, LMRL Thunder
G – Jasmine LeBlanc, Gloucester Devils
Rookie – Jamie Bell, Edmonton WAM!

While Rive Sud Revolution only claimed two out of a possible six wins this past month, Audrey-Anne Plante picked up an impressive 15 points, including a four-goal game against Lac St. Louis Adrenaline. Jayme Simzer led her Ottawa Ice teammates to five out of a possible eight wins in the past month and posted an impressive 18 goals and four assists, including four hat tricks. With 43 points, Emily Bakker was instrumental in leading the Cambridge Turbos to eight wins. In the Turbos nine games, Bakker posted an two impressive hat tricks, two four-goal games and a five-goal game.

On the defense side, Richmond Hill Lightning’s Beth Hurren and LMRL Thunder’s Kacy Hannesson got the nod this past month. Gloucester Devils goalie Jasmine LeBlanc is running a 0.902 save percentage so far this season and made 160 saves in five games this past month. The rookie star goes to Edmonton WAM! forward Jamie Bell who posted 13 points in six games, including a hat trick in a game against Calgary RATH.

Today the league also announced its monthly Elite Eight rankings, which sees minimal movement from last month. LMRL Thunder (1) maintain their top spot after sweeping Edmonton WAM! in their three-game series late in the month. Montreal Mission (2) and Cambridge Turbos (3) switch positions in this month’s rankings. Montreal won all eight of their games this past month, including a win over the Turbos, while Cambridge won eight and dropped the one to Montreal. Prairie Fire (4) and Ottawa Ice (5) also switch positions in the rankings, with the Fire going undefeated and the Ice winning five of their eight games. Gloucester Devils (6) won three out of five games during the past month to maintain their 6th place ranking and Richmond Hill Lightning (7) also hold onto their 7th place ranking after pulling six wins out of eleven games. Atlantic Attack (8) move into the rankings in 8th spot after winning three out of seven games in the past month. Previously ranked Quebec City Cyclones have dropped from this month’s rankings.

National Ringette League Elite Eight as of December 6, 2012:
Rank – (Pre-season ranking last month) – Team name – Conference

1 – (1) – LMRL Thunder – Western
2 – (3) – Montreal Mission – Eastern
3 – (2) – Cambridge Turbos – Eastern
4 – (5) – Prairie Fire – Western
5 – (4) – Ottawa Ice – Eastern
6 – (6) – Gloucester Devils – Eastern
7 – (7) – Richmond Hill Lightning – Eastern
8 – (–) – Atlantic Attack – Eastern

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 16 teams participating in two conferences – a Western Conference with four 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.