Tuesday, November 9, 2021

U Sports Top Ten (#4): Record Ranking For Reds

The University of New Brunswick Reds once again find themselves at the top of the men's hockey rankings, which were released earlier today. While that is nothing out of the ordinary given they have  topped the last 17 polls, it marks a historic ranking for the UNB program. This is the 277th consecutive poll they have appeared in, breaking the previous record held by the Alberta Golden Bears, who were ranked in every poll from November 5th, 1996 until October 18th, 2011. 

The then-Varsity Reds streak began with a 6th place ranking in the first poll of the 2005-2006 season on October 18th, 2005. Since then they have been ranked first (130 times), second (67 times), third (27), fourth (20), fifth (12), sixth (8), seventh (5), eighth (5), ninth (2), and tenth (1). Remarkably, they have only been ranked lower than 5th nine times since that 2005-2006 season.

The Reds streak isn't in immediate jeopardy. The Saskatchewan Huskies, who are ranked 2nd in the latest poll, own the next longest active streak with 22 consecutive appearances in the top ten.

The rest of the current top ten sees UBC ranked 3rd followed by St. FX, Mount Royal, Alberta, Calgary, Carleton, Ottawa, and Western.