Ottawa, Ontario – November 9, 2012 – The 2012-2013 season of the National Ringette League (NRL) is well underway and today the league announces its Elite Eight rankings as well as its October Super Seven. Teams in both the Eastern and Western conferences have started their season strong and are focused on claiming a spot at the NRL Championship tournament, which will be held in Fredericton, New Brunswick from March 31 to April 6, 2013. Lower Mainland Ringette League (LMRL) Thunder currently hold the NRL Championship title after downing the Montreal Mission 7-2 at the 2012 NRL Championship tournament final held in April 2012 in Burnaby, BC.
In previous seasons the league announced three stars for each conference, however this season the NRL will announce a Super Seven – a starting line up of the top performers from the previous month, along with the top rookie performer.
For the month of October, the inaugural Super Seven are:
F – Jacqueline Gaudet (Cambridge Turbos)
F – Chantal St. Laurent (Quebec City Cyclones)
C/F – Julie Blanchette (Montreal Mission)
D – Lindsay Burns (Winnipeg Prairie Fire)
D – Beth Hurren (Richmond Hill Lightning)
G – Amy Clarkson (Winnipeg Prairie Fire)
Rookie – Shaundra Bruvall (Calgary RATH)
Jacqueline Gaudet picked up 11 points in leading the Cambridge Turbos to a 3-0 record in October. St. Laurent led all NRL scorers with 16 goals in seven games played in October (16G, 4A, 20 pts). Julie Blanchette picked up 16 points in four games played, leading the Montreal Mission to a perfect 4-0 record.
Lindsay Burns picked up eight points (2G, 6A) in only three games to lead her team in scoring through three games. Hurren anchored a strong defense that helped Richmond Hill open strong this season. Goalkeeper Amy Clarkson posted a 2-0 record in October, with a sparkling .970 save percentage and 1.52 goals against average to lead the league in both statistical categories.
Shaundra Bruvall, also a member of Team Canada U19 West, lead the Calgary RATH with four goals (6 points) in three games against the defending champion LMRL Thunder.
Honourable mention goes to: Jenn Wakefield, LMRL Thunder; Salla Kyhala, LMRL Thunder; Deejai Mountford, LMRL Thunder; Emily Bakker, Cambridge Turbos; Julie Primard, Montreal Mission; Stéphanie Seguin, Montreal Mission; Jayme Simzer, Ottawa Ice; Mandy Nordstrom, Prairie Fire; Jennifer Gabel, Gloucester Devils; Samantha McIntosh, Richmond Hill Lightning; and Jasmine Leblanc, Gloucester Devils.
Today the league also announced its monthly Elite Eight rankings, which sees quite a bit of movement across the board. LMRL Thunder (1) maintain their top spot after sweeping Calgary RATH in their three-game opening weekend. Two previously unranked teams break into the Elite Eight – Gloucester Devils (6) and Quebec City Cyclones (8) are the other two newcomers, with Quebec winning six of their ten games this past month and Gloucester picking up five out of a possible seven wins. Cambridge Turbos (2) move up one spot from last month after going undefeated in their first six games of the season, while Montreal Mission (3) is also undefeated, claiming seven wins so far this season. Ottawa Ice (4) move up from fifth place, winning four of their six games this past month, and despite winning their three season opener games, Prairie Fire (5) drops from fourth place to fifth. Richmond Hill Lightning (7) maintain their seventh place ranking after splitting their first six games of the season. Previously ranked Edmonton WAM!, Calgary RATH and Atlantic Attack have dropped from this month’s rankings.
National Ringette League Elite Eight as of November 9, 2012:
Rank – (Pre-season ranking last month) – Team name – Conference
1 – (1) – LMRL Thunder – Western
2 – (3) – Cambridge Turbos – Eastern
3 – (2) – Montreal Mission – Eastern
4 – (5) – Ottawa Ice – Eastern
5 – (4) – Prairie Fire – Western
6 – (–) – Gloucester Devils – Eastern
7 – (7) – Richmond Hill Lightning – Eastern
8 – (–) – Quebec City Cyclones – Eastern