Senior ‘A’ hockey set for fall start

A new senior ‘A’ hockey league has taken shape in Eastern Ontario, set to hit the ice this fall with four teams, including the Cornwall Prowlers (formerly of the LHSAO).

Of particular interest to Glengarry County hockey fans, especially those with an interest in the game’s local history, the Eastern Ontario Senior ‘A’ Hockey League, as it will be know, will feature a team in Maxville, adopting a familiar moniker, the Millionaires.

The other team squads to play in the inaugural season of the EOSHL are the West Carleton Rivermen and the Deseronto Bull Dogs.

Prowlers general manager Mitch Gagne has been the driving force behind the new league, which will see teams play each other six times, for an even schedule of 18 games. As well, each squad will have one home exhibition contest.

There had been interest in other areas, including Akwesasne and Vankleek Hill, but groups in those communities weren’t able to move forward in times for season one of the EOSHL. Gagne says that in all there are five potential groups that are looking at joining for the 2020-21 season.

Cornwall recently announced some of its coaching staff. Gagne is very excited to have Andrew ‘Bubba’ Wensink back from last season, along with new assistant coach Patrick Morin, who was on the staff of the Maniwaki club in the LHSAO last season. Will McIntyre will be returning as assistant coach.

Gagne states that some may remember a hockey player by the name of Stephane Morin who played for the Cornwall Comets. Patrick is Stephane’s brother and is a passionate hockey guy, a great asset for the Prowlers, with his many hockey contacts.

The Prowlers are eager to get the season rolling, working towards their pre-camp set for August 11.

You can follow Prowlers news here on the club’s Facebook page.

The Maxville Millionaires will be led by head coach Wayne Disotell. Joining him on the staff is assistant Rick Hutt.

The team also has a Facebook page here.

2019 EOSHL teams

On Wednesday evening, the league held a meeting for representatives from the four clubs to solidify plans for the inaugural season. Among the decisions made, the EOSHL will have a six-round draft, slated for August 14, to assist teams in forming their rosters.

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