The 2019-20 CCHL2 season officially begins for the Char-Lan Rebels on September 20, when the boys skate into Winchester to take on the Hawks. The next night, they will be on home ice, at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre, hosting the Ottawa Jr. Canadians to complete week one of the new junior ‘B’ hockey season.
The team has bid adieu to goaltender Grant Craig, who has opted out of his final year of junior hockey eligibility to focus on his journalism studies. Instead, the Rebels are going with the tandem of Dawson Irving (who previously played for the Rebs) and newcomer Devon Popp.
The blueline core is experienced, with just one rookie amongst them. However, of the 11 forwards signed, five are first-year junior players. Dunvegan’s Liam MacDonald will be key im providing leadership up front.
Char-Lan closed out its exhibition schedule last Saturday with a 4-1 victory over the Casselman Vikings. Paul Walhauser, Joseph Samson, Liam MacDonald, and Dillon Spinner were the marksmen, with assists credited to Wade Moak, Rylan Iwachniuk, and Aiden Leroux. Irving made 27 saves between the pipes for the win.
Seguin remains with Rebels as trainer
The Rebs have added to their bench staff, with Dylan Seguin joining the team as head trainer and assistant coach. Seguin was a defensive force in his playing days with the Rebels, from