*Western Canada rankings in "( )"
British Columbia Top 5 Teams
1. North Shore Winter Club Winterhawks (2) - After going a perfect 7-0-0 in the Chilliwack tournament and beating some very good teams in the process, the Winterhawks deserve this placing for the time being. Dante Hannoun is the real deal and almost single handily led them to the championship.
2. Burnaby Winter Club Bruins (3) - Heading in to the season, they are the consensus top team perhaps in western Canada (on paper). However, a few shaky performances and inconsistent play drop them to #2 in the province at this point in time.
3. Okanagan Hockey Academy (5) - Strong showing in the Chilliwack tournament in making it to the final. They are a very hard working, defensive squad with some big guns like Malenstyn and Koch.
4. Pursuit of Excellence (8) - A loss to NSWC in the semi-finals and a 7-1 loss to BWC in preliminary play have them in this spot. Still have a solid team and will be a factor in all major tournaments this year.
5. Langley Eagles (10) - A nice mix of veterans such as Lansdell, Cholowski and Gingras but also a huge influx of '99 born star players such as; Malm and Capstick. The Eagles should be a factor near the top of the PCAHA.
Alberta Top 5 Teams
1. Edmonton SSAC Lions (1) - A very strong 4-0-1 start with the only blemish being a 5-5 tie with a very strong Lloydminster team. Tyler Benson has been unreal so far with 26 points in 5 games, including an 11 point game this past weekend.
2. Calgary Bisons (4)- The Bisons have started off with a flying 5-0-0 start and average nearly 8 goals per game. They have a nice combination of offensive play and defensive awareness which will make them a top 10 team all season long.
3. Lloydminster Heat (8) - A tie vs. Sherwood Park and a tie vs. SSAC leaves the Heat with a 4-0-2 record. Mason Shaw has been the offensive catalyst early with 21 points in 6 games. Kale Clague is perhaps the top dman in western Canada. Some good depth as well with Johnson and '99 born Zane Franklin.
4. Sherwood Park Flyers (9) - The Sam Steel led Flyers should be a pretty good team this year and most likely a top 10 squad. Only loss so far was against SSAC (3-0) but a tie vs. Leduc and a lack of offensive depth leaves cause for concern.
5. Calgary Flames (HM) - The Flames showed well in Chilliwack as the only Alberta team there, going undefeated in the prelim rounds but lost out in the quarter finals. Carter Cziakowski from defense is the leader of a squad who can be very stingy.
Saskatchewan Top 5 Teams
1. Notre Dame Hounds (7) - Although they won't play any of the other Saskatchewan teams this season, they will be a factor in all major tournaments. Many of the top Balgonie players and Saskatoon players are now with the Hounds.
2. West Central Wheatkings - A fast 3-0-1 start for the Western Canada Bantam Championship hosts leave them near the top early. They have strong goaltending and some decent depth up front which should keep them at or near the top all season long.
3. Prince Albert Venice House Raiders - The Raiders have averaged nearly 10 goals per game in the early going led by Warkentine, Fiddler, Isbister, Manson and '99 born Sawchuk. What is tough to read though is that they feasted on a pair of pretty weak teams in Notre Dame "AA" and Humboldt.
4. North East Wolfpack - After a very strong 11-12 season in which the Wolfpack made it all the way to westerns, representing Saskatchewan, it was unknown just how good they'd be. The questions have been answered with a 3-0-0 start with balanced scoring once again and stingy defense.
5. Balgonie Prairie Storm - A good start led by Dmytriw, Bentz and Legien. It looks like the Prairie Storm will once again be a factor in Saskatchewan.
Manitoba Top 5 Teams
1. Winnipeg Hawks (6) - The Hawks had a dominant Hockey Manitoba Showcase over the weekend going 4-0-0 despite being without injured Nolan Patrick. Connor Barley, Vince Loschaivo, Matt Bullard give them a very potent offensive with depth. Thurlbeck anchors the defense and Kubic in goal is as good as it gets in western Canada.
2. Winnipeg Monarchs (HM) - Dylan Thiessen looks to have taken his game to the next level after leading the Manitoba Showcase in scoring. He leads a strong team with good depth up front including; Martin, Curtis, Libbrect as well as Ryan Hall in goal and Madison Bowey on defense. They have a chance at being a top 10 consideration in western Canada.
3. Winnipeg Sharks - They went 4-0-0 at the showcase and looked very dominant at times. A team that will rely on strong defense led by Kuklica, Lavoie and goalie Adamyk on most nights.
4. Eastman Selects - A team that are still making some final cuts before they settle on a final squad. The Selects won't have Brett Howden as he's moved to Midget but still have several top forwards and pretty strong defense as well. They should be a factor all season long.
5. Winnipeg Warriors - The Warriors will be hard pressed to compete with the above teams this year but still feature some strong defenseman with Friesen and Torgerson but a bit of a lack of depth and choppy play at times leaves them a step below.
Western USA Top 5 Teams
1. Colorado Thunderbirds - Easily the top team in the western States. They are able to compete with the best in the country as evidence by there performance at the super series events. Very deep up front led by Gerlach, Anderson, Bagwell and others. Montaro is very strong defensively, while Park anchors the goal.
2. Arizona Bobcats - Phillip Knies and Blake Bargar lead a talented group of forwards. The Bobcats are off to a strong 7-3-0 start. Roswell, Berstrom and Wade are a strong group of dmen.
3. LA Jr. Kings - They merged in the off season with Selects program but lost several good players who include the aforementioned Bargar along with Khodorenko and Ben Lown. Still they have several top scorers and a very strong defense core led by Cullinane and Nobach.
4. Dallas Stars Elite - Max Gildon is about as good as they come in the '98 age group for American dmen. Hank Crone leads the offence for the defensive minded Stars Elite.
5. Rocky Mountain Roughriders - A surprising start for the Roughriders in the early going. Strong defensive play has been the key to success so far. A victory over a good Cleveland Barons team leaves them in this spot for now.
Top 5 1998 Born Western Canada
1. Kale Clague - D - Lloydminster Heat
2. Tyler Benson - F - Edmonton SSAC Lions
3. Dante Fabbro - D - BWC Bruins
4. Sam Steel - F - Sherwood Park Flyers
5. Jaeger White - F - BWC Bruins
Top 5 1999 Born Western Canada
1. Jordy Bellerive - F - NSWC Winterhawks
2. Kyle Olson - F - Calgary Bisons
3. Jame Malm - F - Langley Eagles
4. Nolan Kneen - F - NSWC Winterhawks
5. Jeremy Klessens - F - Red Deer Black
Top 5 1998 Born Western USA
1. Joey Anderson - F - Roseville, MN
2. Patrick Khodorenko - F - Detroit Honeybaked
3. Kieffer Bellows - F - Shattuck St. Marys
4. Ryan Lindgren - D - Shattuck St. Marys
5. Blake Bargar - F - Arizona Bobcats
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