Ottawa, Ontario – January 9, 2013 – With two months of regular season play left in the National Ringette League (NRL), teams are on the hunt for a spot at the NRL Championship tournament in Fredericton, New Brunswick from March 31 to April 6, 2013. The league has seen some intense crossover play between the Eastern and Western division teams and ringette got an added boost when Team Canada East defeated Finland and won gold in the U19 World Ringette Championship final on January 3rd. Today the league announces its Elite Eight rankings.
The top three spots in this month’s Elite Eight rankings have the same teams as last month, but in a different order. BC Thunder (3) won five of their seven games this past month, losing two to Cambridge. They fall from first to third, while Montreal Mission (1) won four games and lost one to Prairie Fire, which moves them up to first from second. After winning two games and losing one to Richmond Hill, Cambridge Turbos (2) move up one spot from third to second this month.
Prairie Fire (4) continued their season winning streak and won all three of their games this past month to maintain their fourth place ranking. The Fire are the only team in the league to remain undefeated so far this season. Gloucester Devils (5) move up one spot to fifth this month after winning four games and losing two – one to Montreal and the other to Calgary. Richmond Hill Lightning (6) also move up one spot since last month to take on the sixth place ranking after beating Cambridge and Waterloo and losing one to BC Thunder. Ottawa Ice (7) drop two spots from fifth to seventh this month after winning four and losing two in the last month. Newcomer Calgary RATH (8) claim the last spot in the rankings after posting three wins and one loss in the last month. Previously ranked Atlantic Attack have dropped from this month’s rankings.
National Ringette League Elite Eight as of January 9, 2013:
Rank – (Ranking last month) – Team name – Conference
1 – (2) – Montreal Mission – Eastern
2 – (3) – Cambridge Turbos – Eastern
3 – (1) – BC Thunder – Western
4 – (4) – Prairie Fire – Western
5 – (6) – Gloucester Devils – Eastern
6 – (7) – Richmond Hill Lightning – Eastern
7 – (5) – Ottawa Ice – Eastern
8 – (–) – Calgary RATH – 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 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.
For more information, please contact:
Media and PR – Ringette Canada/National Ringette League
Office: 613-748-5655, ext. 226