The Littleton Hawks 10U team celebrated after winning a title in their age division at last year's CAHA State Championship Series. Photo courtesy of Colorado Avalanche
The race for a top-four finish is on.
Colorado’s youth hockey teams spend many months working hard on and off the ice to excel in the season, and all have a standard to not only help gauge how they compare to the state’s other teams in the same age and division but also to avoid subjectively determining which squads advance to the state championships.
The CO Hockey Hub Now Rankings are being used to better order the state's youth teams within their classifications. Similar to the to Rating Percentage Index or PairWise Rankings, the CO Hockey Hub Now Rankings utilizes winning percentage, strength of schedule and average goal differential to create a numerical ranking on a point scale up to 100.
At the end of the season, the top four teams for each age and classification in the Colorado Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) qualify for the second annual CAHA State Championship Series presented by the Colorado Avalanche on March 13-15.
The system, which went through its inaugural run last year, uses data taken from contests played Sept. 1 to March 1 — but only from games against Colorado teams of the same age and division count toward the rankings.
“This allows teams from all over the state a realistic shot at competing for a state championship in their division,” Ellison said. “It also creates excitement for players, coaches and families throughout the youth hockey season as they can follow their team’s standing all the way to the CAHA State Championship Series in March.”
Players, coaches and fans can check team standings several times each week. Rankings are updated every day and are displayed at CO.Hockey. A free CO Hockey Hub membership provides more stats and info on the teams in each division. Click here to become a member.
Each week from now through the end of February, the CO Hockey Hub will highlight the top four teams in select divisions, identify squads making big jumps in the rankings and spotlight classifications with competitive races in the chase for state tournament bids.
Registered teams that miss the championship series aren’t out of luck. The Avalanche Cup, held March 6-8, is back for a second year and open to teams not qualifying for the state championship.
State Championship Series and Avalanche Cup placements will be revealed March 2.
For more information on the CO Hockey Hub Now Rankings, visit our rankings page here.
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