2017-2018 BANTAM RANKINGS – CSSHL
November 22, 2017
Below are the latest Hockey Hub rankings for Bantam teams in the Canadian Sports School Hockey Leagues (Prep and Varsity). But first some background, as in the past, the majority of top Bantam teams in BC were PCAHA teams from the Lower Mainland, with perhaps Kelowna’s Pursuit of Excellence or Penticton’s Okanagan Hockey Academy in the mix. That’s changed.
The CSSHL Bantam division is a relatively new player on the BC Hockey scene, but in just four years has evolved into the premier league for AAA bantam hockey in British Columbia, and arguably, in all of Western Canada.
There are now 13 BC-based academy teams competing in the bantam divisions of the league, including seven from the Lower Mainland area.
Delta was the first Lower Mainland Hockey Academy to join the bantam league, in 2014-2015, the first year the bantam division was added to the league. In the first season, four teams competed in the Prep division (OHA – Penticton, Pursuit of Excellence – Kelowna, and Edge Academy – Calgary) and four in the Varsity division. All four organizations iced both Prep (T1) and Varsity (T2) teams in the first year.
Previously the league was restricted to midget teams.
Abbotsford-based Yale Academy joined the bantam league in 2015-2016 with a Prep team, along with Vancouver Island-based Shawnigan Lake, to form a six team bantam Prep division. Delta also added a second varsity team.
In 2016-2017 the bantam division expanded to nine Prep teams and six Varsity teams. OHA Edmonton, Saskatchewan-based Notre Dame, and Winnipeg-based Rink Academy were added to the Prep division.
13 teams in 2017-2018
This season there are 13 teams in the prep division, including three new BC-based based teams, raising the BC-based total to eight in the prep division.
Delta added a second Prep team this season, primarily first year players.
Burnaby Winter Club, long a major player at the top of PCAHA and BC AAA bantam hockey, joined the top division this season.
A second Vancouver Island-based organization, Pacific Coast Hockey Academy, also joined.
The fourth prep division newcomer is Northern Alberta Extreme – based out of the Edmonton area, and drawing largely from satellite communities and from northern towns and rural areas.
Another significant addition this year was the addition of two Vancouver teams from St. George’s School, a well-known Vancouver Prep school founded in 1930, to the Varsity division. As St. George’s had no previous history with the league, both teams (Grade 9 and Grade 8) were required to play initially in the Tier 2 Varsity division. Most of the St. George’s players are from the central Vancouver and Richmond areas.
A third Vancouver-based team, West Van Academy, also joined the Varsity division this season. West Van joined the league last year, with one E15 (first year midget) team.
So there are now seven academy teams attracting bantam aged players located in the Lower Mainland, four in the Okanagan and two on the Island.
The teams in both divisions play 30 league games, mainly in two and three game Showcase events organized on weekends. At this point, most teams are currently around the third-way point of the season.
For Hockey Hub CSSHL rankings, winning percentage is the primary factor used to determine ranking, with head to head, and goal differential being the tie-breakers.
As there are currently a few significant differences in the number of games played by individual teams, as well as in the quality of competition faced by individual teams, these rankings can be expected to change by the end of January.
As mentioned above, St. George’s School are newcomers to the league, and as newcomers are required by the league to start their programs in the Varsity division. St. George’s #1 however, is clearly a Tier 1 team.
The team has just returned with the Championship title from the Medicine Hat Tigers Major Bantam Tournament, downing Sherwood Park in the final. Delta Academy (Green) won Bronze, over Prince Albert.
This tournament has been won by a number of top teams from BC in recent years, including PoE, NSWC and BWC.
As a result, Hockey Hub is ranking St. Georges #1 with the prep teams – but not including their Varsity stats in the group. See below for more details.
CSSHL Bantam Prep
Nov. 22. 2017
|5.5||1V||St. G’s 1**||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
*NAX downed OHA Edmonton 5-2 in the Rocky Mountain quarter-final.
** St. George’s #1 play in the Varsity division, and are obviously mis-tiered, as a result of a league rule requiring first year teams to start out in the Varsity division.
Hockey Hub has elected post the team in the Prep rankings between Okanagan (OHA Penticton) and Delta Green, but not to list their Varsity record in the Prep division numbers.
St. George’s have posted 19-1, 12-2, 28-0 (!!!), and 19-2 scores in their regular season Varsity league play.
In tournament games vs Prep teams so far they are 3-1-0.
They downed Delta Green 3-1 in the Medicine Hat semi-final and 3-2 in the Chilliwack tournament. They also defeated Shawnigan in Chilliwack, 6-2 before falling to Okanagan 3-1 in the Chilliwack quarter-finals. St. George’s will compete against all the top teams at John Reid in St. Albert in mid-January.
CSSHL Bantam Varsity
Nov. 22. 2017
|–||1||St. G’s 1**||10||10||0||0||20||130||14||116||1.000||W10||nc|
|18||6||St. G’s 2||8||4||4||0||8||30||62||-32||0.500||W4||+1|