Ottawa, Ontario – November 4, 2009 – The 2009-2010 season of the National Ringette League (NRL) is well underway and today the league announces its Elite Eight rankings as well as its October stars. Teams have come out of the gate strong and it is evident that they all have their sights set on the NRL Championship tournament, which will be held in Saskatoon, SK from April 5-10, 2010. The Cambridge Turbos currently hold the NRL Championship title after downing Edmonton WAM! 4-1 at the 2009 NRL Championship tournament held in April 2009 in Charlottetown, PEI.
In the Western Conference, the league’s first star goes to Mandy Nordstrom from the Manitoba Jets. The 24-year-old center from Steinbach, MB posted three goals and four assists in the Jets five games and picked up game star recognition in three games. The second star goes to Jennifer Hartley with the Edmonton WAM!. Hartley picked up nine goals and two assists, including a hat trick in a 6-5 shootout loss to Calgary on October 25. The last star in the West goes to Stonewall’s Sheena MacDonald from Prairie Fire, who was recognized in three of her four games as a game star and posted three goals and five assists.
In the Eastern Conference, the league’s first star for October is Bryanna Kelly from the Waterloo Wildfire. The 20-year-old center from Beamsville, ON accumulated ten goals and eight assists in Waterloo’s first five games and received game star honors in four of those games. This month’s second star nod goes to Montreal Mission’s Catherine Cartier. Cartier, a perennial scoring leader, posted 17 goals and seven assists in five games. Rounding out the East’s star picks is Jacqueline Gaudet of the Cambridge Turbos. Gaudet picked up ten goals and five assists in Cambridge’s four-game winning streak.
Today the league also announced its monthly Elite Eight rankings, which sees a great deal of movement based on the first month of play. Cambridge Turbos (1) move into the top spot after going undefeated in their first four games of the season. Ottawa Ice (2) went undefeated in their first five games, resulting in the biggest jump in the rankings, going from eighth place in the pre-season rankings to second place this month. Calgary RATH (3) also went undefeated and move up one spot this month to third. Most notable was the RATH’s 6-5 shootout victory over their provincial rivals Edmonton WAM!. Montreal Mission (4) went 4-1 in the past month, but still drop from the top spot in the pre-season rankings to fourth this month. Waterloo Wildfire (5) moved up one spot to fifth after going 3-2 in their opening games. Edmonton WAM! (6) won three and lost two and drop from third spot to sixth. Prairie Fire (7) maintain their seventh place ranking after picking up three wins and dropping one. Fraser Valley Avalanche (8) opened the season determined to prove the revamped and improved team means business and round out this month’s rankings in eighth place. Rive Sud Revolution, who were in fifth place in the pre-season rankings has dropped from the rankings this month.
National Ringette League Elite Eight as of November 4, 2009:
Rank – (Ranking last month) – Team name – Conference
1 – (2) – Cambridge Turbos – Eastern
2 – (8) – Ottawa Ice – Eastern
3 – (4) – Calgary RATH – Western
4 – (1) – Montreal Mission – Eastern
5 – (6) – Waterloo Wildfire – Eastern
6 – (3) – Edmonton WAM! – Western
7 – (7) – Prairie Fire – Western
8 – (–) – Fraser Valley Avalanche – Western