The first of the CHL Coaches Poll is now out and the Odessa Jackalopes are the #1 team of the year. It was a pretty convincing fashion as the Jackalopes have gotten 9 of the 15 first place votes and with 130 points, a pretty strong showing as the Jackalopes look to get to contend for the CHL Presidents Cup after losing to the Texas Brahmas in the Southern Conference Final last season. A 6-1-1 record which has them on top of the South and the entire league which included a 4-3 win over the Corpus Christi Icerayz.
Elsewhere, the expansion Allen Americans are looking strong after being voted #2 while the Colorado Eagles are at #3 after a 3-0-1 start after just 4 games and was the highest voted of the Northern Conference Teams. Mississippi and Amarillo have rounded out the top 5 while the defending champion Texas Brahmas start out at #7 with a 3-2-2 record despite starting the season with a very tough schedule which includes playing Allen and Colorado starting this season.
The Tulsa Oilers are back on the list after not being in the top 10 very much last year after finishing near the bottom of the Northern Conference at #8. Rounding out the top 10 are the Rapid City Rush and the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs.
The Yellowbook Coaches Poll will be coming out about twice a month at the beginning and middle of every month throughout the Central Hockey League Season.
1. Odessa Jackalopes (9) (6-1-1) 130 PTS
2. Allen Americans (5) (4-1-1) 116 PTS
3. Colorado Eagles (1) (3-0-1) 114 PTS
4. Mississippi Riverkings (5-4-0) 85 PTS
5. Amarillo Gorillas (5-3-0) 83 PTS
6. Laredo Bucks (3-2-2) 80 PTS
7. Texas Brahmas (3-2-2) 65 PTS
8. Tula Oilers (4-2-0) 55 PTS
9. Rapid City Rush (3-3-0) 43 PTS
10. Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs (3-3-0) 28 PTS
Also Getting Votes
Corpus Christi Icerayz 16 PTS
Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 8 PTS
Arizona Sundogs 2 PTS
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