The Saturday, September 21 fan day begins at 1:30 p.m., at the Maxville & District Sports Complex. Starting with on-ice drills, the players will then participate in intra-squad scrimmage action. Afterwards, at approximately 4:30 p.m., a community barbecue is planned, with proceeds going to Youth Unlimited Maxville. There is no cost of admission; donations are welcome at the BBQ in support of local youth.
Goulet says hockey fans will be surprised by the calibre of play of these athletes who are aged 20 and up. These are hockey players who have aged out of junior and may have come directly from that level or had experience in other leagues, including university, semi-pro, professional, or even beer league. The Millionaires owner is quick to emphasize that senior ‘A’ hockey is a step up from junior and far different from beer league, particularly with full-contact rules in play.
The team has held two previous skates involving potential players, with this one tomorrow being the last chance for skaters to catch the eye of coaches as the Millionaires look to finalize their roster for the regular season which is just over a week away. Game one is set for Sunday, September 29, at Cornwall’s multi-sport complex, versus the Prowlers. Puck drop is slated for 6:30 p.m.
Maxville’s first home game is the following weekend. Goulet says the team has tried to keep the game as fan friendly as possible, setting admission at $5 for all home games, of which there will be nine. There are four teams in the league, with each club playing an 18-game schedule. Aside from Maxville and Cornwall, the other squads are the West Carleton Rivermen and the Deseronto Bulldogs.
Building the roster for the first season of play for the Maxville Millionaires began with the league draft, where the team selected forward Stevie Ray Adams, defenceman Jacob Swamp, defenceman Pierre-Luc Sabourin, forward Tristen Elie, forward Connor MacLeod, and defenceman Ian Boots.
Twenty-two-year-old blueliner Sabourin, who hails from Alexandria, played senior ‘A’ hockey last season with the Cornwall Prowlers, who were in the LHSAO at the time. On his pick to be a Millionaire, he tells me, “Can’t wait to get things started.”
Elie, 23, is from Green Valley and is the younger brother of professional hockey player Remi Elie. Tristen played his junior ‘A’ hockey in the CCHL with the Hawkesbury Hawks and Cornwall Colts. He had 63 games at the major junior level, playing with the London Knights and the Gatineau Olympiques, before returning to junior ‘A’ to play in northern Ontario with the OCN Blizzard. Elie also played 17 games with the FHL Cornwall Nationals in the 2016-17 season. The following year, he dressed for six university matches at Carleton.
MacLeod, 23, is another Glengarrian who may be familiar to fans of the Glens. He was a member of Alexandria’s junior ‘B’ team during the 2012-13 season. His junior ‘A’ career took him to Cumberland, Hawkesbury, and
Adams, 26, from Akwesasne, has played at the junior ‘A’ and ‘B’ levels, as well as in the NCAA. Last season, he was a member of the senior ‘A’ Prowlers.
Swamp, similarly 26 from Akwesasne, was with the Prowlers last year. He previously played junior ‘B’ hockey with the now-defunct Akwesasne Wolves.
Boots is the elder statesman of the draftees, checking in at 32. Hailing from Akwesasne, his hockey career has included stops at the junior ‘A’ level, NCAA, LNAH, ECHL, and last season, with the Prowlers.
Following the draft, the Millionaires announced the signing of additional players, including goaltender Bryce Luker (from Rigaud, Quebec), forward Brandon Watt (Ottawa), forward Ken Neil (Newfoundland), forward Reid Lepine (Cornwall), forward Mikael Dobson (Cornwall), and forward Brad