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Under Armour Minor Midget and Midget AAA Top 5 Rankings

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 09/30/16, 11:15AM EDT


There's a new number one

The Ontario Minor Hockey Association has released the second edition of the Minor Midget & Midget AAA Top 5 Rankings Powered by Under Armour for the 2016-2017 regular season. These rankings will be released on a bi-weekly schedule.

After a strong opening week, the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs and Clarington Toros each open up the rankings as the top team in their respective age groups. How does the rest of the list round out?

Minor Midget AAA Rankings

Rank Team Previous Rank Weeks Ranked
1 Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs (5-0-0) - 1
2 Quinte Red Devils (4-0-1) - 1
3 Whitby Wildcats (4-0-0) 1 2
4 Guelph Jr. Gryphons (3-2-0) - 1
5 North Central Predators (2-1-2) - 1

Honourable Mentions:

Brampton 45's
Kingston Jr. Frontenacs

Players to Watch

Kurtis Evans (Central Ontario Wolves) - A big 6'2" right winger with speed to burn. Had a very impressive first tournament and opened a lot of scouts eyes. Plays a 200-foot game and will be relied upon to put up big numbers for the Wolves.

Tanner McEachern (Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs) - A strong puck carrier who creates lots of space with his ability to beat defenders one on one. He's a heads up player who is a very strong playmaking centre.

Midget AAA Rankings

Rank Team Previous Rank Weeks Ranked
1 Central Ontario Wolves (3-0-1) - 1
2 Markham Waxers (1-0-0) - 1
3 Clarington Toros (0-3-0) 2 2
4 Oakville Rangers (2-0-0) 3 2
5 York-Simcoe Express (0-0-0) 1 2

Players to Watch

Ryan Baux (Clarington Toros) - The 6-foot goalie is enjoying a stellar start to his second year of Midget AAA hockey. Baux provided the Toros with a great effort during the first tournament of the year, allowing one goal in four games, posting a 0.25 GAA and three consecutive shut outs. Baux is positionally sound goalie and always remains calm during all situations within the game. He excels in rebound control and has begun to assert himself as one of the top goalies in not only the ETA but the OMHA.

Kyle Kennery (Halton Hurricanes) - Kennery is a big, physical forward and has never been shy to engage in the physical side of the game. During the opening games of the season, Kennery has shown a different side to his game, scoring several goals in exhibition as well as two very timely goals in the pre-season tournament last weekend. Kennery will look to continue his hot start as Halton opens up their SCTA season this week with games against Niagara and Hamilton. 

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