Q. Are the results reported on the site 'Static' or 'Dynamic'?|
All of the results are 'Dynamic' and are calcualted each time when a page is visited - built by extracting the relavent values from the 7,500 entries in the database. The only exception to this is the Streaks tables found on the Home Page - they were researched and entered manually.
Q. Is the database complete/comprehensive?
The Top 10 polls started in the 60s - unfortunately for seasons prior to 1979, some are incomplete while others are missing. The CIS is looking into recovering these missing years. The database includes every Poll from 1979/80 to present.
Q. What is the CIS Men's Top 10 Poll?
The CIS Men's Top 10 Poll is a weekly list of the top men's university hockey programs in the Canadian Inter-university Sport (CIS) association published throughout the hockey season (late October to early March).
Q. What is the CIS Men's Hockey League
The CIS Men's Hockey League is comprised of hockey teams from member institutions (universities, not colleges) from across Canada. The current CIS Men's Hockey League is divided into three(3) conferences; Atlantic University Sport (AUS) with 8 teams, Ontario University Athletics (OUA) which has two divisions: OUA-East with 9 teams and OUA-West with 10 and thirdly the Canada West (CW) conference with 8 teams.
Q. How is the list tabulated
Each member of the CIS Men's Hockey Top 10 Committee selects their top 10 choices and submits them for tabulation on Monday and publishing on Tuesday, in weeks where the CIS Hockey League is active (i. there is a 2-3 week lag before the first poll so that teams have a chance to play some games and ii. the CIS has a mid-season break in December for exams and Christmas which results in no new polls being published). The committee size varies, but is generally in the range of 15-17 individuals from across the country with an interest in CIS Men's Hockey. The committee members are not publicly listed by the CIS.
Q. Are you a member of the Committee?
No - I am not a member of the committee, but I do happen to know some members.
Q. Do Polls have an impact on the Schedule?
Not to my knowledge - the CIS Men's Hockey League schedule, controlled independantly by each conference, is generally a balanced home/away schedule where each team plays each other over the season. This isn't practical in the OUA given it's size, as such the cross-over games between OUA divisions vary each year, but are balanced over time as best possible, but OUA intra-division games are home/away balanced. So, the Polls have no impact on who-plays-who during the season or into the next season.
Q. Are Polls used for anything?
Yes. The last poll of the season, prior to the University Cup, is used to determine the seedings for the tournament. Note: There are at-large/wildcard selections for the University Cup but they are not determined by the 'best ranked team not advancing', instead each conference has play-downs/consolation finals to determine their at-large/wildcard team
Q. Are the Polls used to seed the University Cup?
The CIS Men's Top 10 Ranking Committee is responsible for the last Poll of the season which is used to determine the seeding of teams participating in the University Cup. The top three ranks in this poll must be conference champions and the OUA Runner-up (Queen's Cup loser) is ranked #4 (this rule is not enforced during the season). After which, the remaining 6 teams are listed based on the tabulated results of the committee. Some of these teams maybe at-large/wildcard teams while others could be consolation losers. The University Cup Tournament Committee uses these rankings to determine each team's seed. The CIS has a set of rules to avoid teams from the same conference being in the same pool or same side of the tournament ladder - as such, teams ranked outside the top 4 may have a seed value different than their rank once all balanced rules are applied. Also, a team maybe ranked 6th, but not attending the University Cup, and as such a lower team, that is attending, moves up the 'seeding' ladder.
The Top 10 Committee's role isn't to seed the teams for the tournament - they are to 'rank' the top 10 teams at that stage of the season. The Tournament Committee will use this list to determine each team's seed for the tournament.
Example 1: In a case where UNB(Ranked #1) and Acadia(Ranked #4) are the only two AUS teams - a tournament split of 1-4-5 vs 2-3-6 would put both teams on the same side, as such Acadia, being the lower ranked team, would swap seeds with #6 to avoid this scenario. This particular example can no longer occur as the #4 ranked team must now be the OUA Runner-up (as a result of the 8-team 3-stage tournament beginning in 2015).
Example 2: The 2014 tournament host, Saskatchewan, was ranked 10th in the last poll of the season. They were the lowest 'ranked' team in the tournament and were 'seeded' #6.
Q. is the Committee Bias?
I believe the committee does give teams with long term success (a history of being on the Top 10 year-after-year) slightly inflated rankings compared to other teams, with less of a winning pedigree but similar record. In the end, the 'inflation' affect will go away if the inflated team's performance doesn't improve. The committee is large enough that a few 'bias' votes will be averaged out and in the end, as the season progresses, it is harder and harder to support/vote for a team if their record doesn't warrant it.
Q. What is the value of the Top 10 List?
The Top 10 list is both a marketing tool and an independent, but subjective measuring stick, of the top teams over the entire league. Since there are no inter-conference games, the CIS Top 10 Polls are a way of assessing the relative equality in teams from different conferences.
Note: All results should be condsidered unofficial.
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Results come from the USPORT/CIS Archives, Bob Adam's CIS Page and HFBoards.com
Results cover all years from 1979/80 to present.
Teams that 'received votes' are listed alphabetically.
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