The Alexandria Glens held their 2020-21 training camp in Hawkesbury over the weekend, as head coach Carl Robillard put his signees and prospects through their paces.
General manger Derick Viau tells me there was a solid turnout of 52 hockey players at the September 18-20 camp, held at the Robert Hartley Sports Complex.
Following the conclusion of the sessions, Robillard took to Twitter, posting, “Well, that concludes our 2020-2021 training camp. What an incredible turn out and battles at every positions. Very hard decisions made with more to come. Glens Fans … get ready to cheer on a very fast and talented hockey team. Cannot wait to get this started.”
This season marks Robillard’s first as the Glens bench boss. He is also head coach of the Eastern Ontario Wild ‘AAA’ U15 (formerly called major bantam) team.
Would you have space to house a member of the Alexandria Glens junior ‘B’ hockey team for the 2020-21 season? If so, the team would like to hear from you, and you will be compensated for “opening up your home to our players.”
As head coach Carl Robillard puts it, “Please support our community team and become an away-from-home family for these young athletes looking for an opportunity to develop and play the sport they love while working towards online school.”
On the player front, Viau recently announced two further signings.
Gatineau’s Keyshawn Francis played with the LHPS École Mont-Bleu last season, notching 14 points in 21 games. The 18-year-old is a forward.
Another forward signed is Alexandre Saül. Hailing from Montreal, he skated for the USHS North Yarmouth Academy last winter. The 18-year-old checks in at 6 ft. 3 in., 190 lb. Last year, he scored 11 points in 33 games at the US prep school.
Looking ahead, the Glens have joined the Char-Lan Rebels in a golf tournament, set for September 12, in Lancaster.
The 2020-21 team camp is scheduled to run September 18-20, in Hawkesbury. “Attending a Main Camp is the first step in becoming a Glens player and competing in the EOJHL. Our coaching and scouting staff use these camps to evaluate new talent that will compete to join our team for the upcoming season and to build new relationships with future prospects.”
As of posting this story, the league’s website had not been updated, still displaying information to register for the now-cancelled summer outdoor season.
The GSL has been limited by health and safety guidelines imposed by the league’s sanctioning body, the Ontario Soccer Association.
Under the OSA outline, as of September 17, leagues are now permitted play within a region (We are part of the east region, EODSA), with modified games (e.g. no throw-ins, limited handling of the ball) and training. In the case of indoor soccer, per government guidelines, a maximum of 50 people can be in the facility at any one time.
Dominic Decoeur is back where it all began, as the coach and educator has returned to work at Alexandria’s École secondaire catholique Le Relais as the high school’s vice-principal for the 2020-21 school year.
The Cornwall resident began his teaching career in Alexandria, where he became well-known for his leadership of the school’s boys hockey program.
Translated from French, Decoeur posted on the school’s Facebook page, “It is with great pleasure and great pride that I return to Le Relais after having had the opportunity to teach here from 2007 to 2018. I wish to continue to forge collaborative links with students, parents, and the Glengarry community.”
On the coaching side, he led Les Rapides to a string of successes on the ice, highlighted by numerous provincial medals from the Tournoi Franco Ontarien, an annual competition amongst teams from Ontario’s French-language high schools.
In 2018, he left the Alexandria school for a post at Cornwall’s La Citadelle, where he served the past two years as vice-principal.
On his return to Le Relais, Decoeur tells me, “Really happy … It’ll make me grow.”
“Un mot de notre direction adjointe. C’est avec grand plaisir et beaucoup de fierté que je reviens au Relais après avoir eu l’opportunité d’enseigner ici de 2007 à 2018. Je souhaite continuer à tisser des liens de collaboration avec les élèves, les parents et la communauté de Glengarry. Avec toute l’équipe du Relais, notre rôle demeure de tenter d’être partenaire de l’élève dans sa construction identitaire, miser sur les processus qui le mèneront à être un apprenant pour la vie, et développer des compétences essentielles pour relever les défis de sa génération. Au plaisir de créer un partenariat avec vous chers Rapides et à demain!”
Dominic Decoeur original statement on Facebook (in French)
The survey includes questions about what would encourage you to return to curling this year and what protocols should be in place to mitigate risks associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Club executive intend to use the feedback to facilitate their planning. Further to that, the club’s annual general meeting is scheduled for Sunday, September 13, with limited in-person seating available (by prior arrangement with president Duncan Ferguson). The meeting will also be available for online participation.
Alexandria’s Ben Lowe retained his title as club champion, following his win over the weekend in the Glengarry Golf and Country Club’s two-day tournament, organized by Jean-Marc Titley.
On rounds of 72 and 74, Lowe prevailed over the field at the August 23-23 event, to win the A flight and, with it, the 2020 club championship. The Bishop’s University student-athlete was one stroke off his result from last year, when he carded a two-day score of 145.
Lowe tells me that he has “been playing quite a bit” of golf over the summer, competing in a few area tournament, “but still haven’t been able to practice as much as I’ve liked.”
He’s a familiar face at the Alexandria golf course, as he also works there.
The 20-year-old Glengarrian is scheduled to head back to university over the Labour Day weekend, and from what has been announced so far, the university golf season is still a go this fall in the province of Quebec, “fingers crossed.” It’s the lone jurisdiction in Canada to still have fall sports on the schedule, as associations in Ontario, western Canada, and the Atlantic region have pre-emptively cancelled all sports due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. All national championships have also been nixed.
Nate MacMillan was the A Flight runner-up at the club championship tournament, shooting a two-day total of 154.
Marc Sauve won the B Flight (164), with Marc Rolland placing second (172)
Gilles Leroux topped the C Flight (182).
In the senior group, Denis Barsalo won, recording a 157, while Bill Shields placed second, with a 161.
The county’s junior ‘B’ hockey clubs, traditional rivals on the ice, have joined forces for a golf tournament, to be held September 12, at Lancaster’s Heritage Golf Club.
The ‘Battle of Glengarry’ on the links is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. through noon. Entry of $100 per player includes golf, use of a cart, and lunch. Registration is available online here.
The event is open to players, alumni, and supporters. I am told that organizers are aiming to field 13 foursomes, with scoring combined in some way to highlight the Glens-versus-Rebels friendly rivalry.
Char-Lan Rebels training camp
The 2020 Rebels training camp will be held in early September, with date/location yet to be confirmed. Head coach and general manager Jeff Carter invites prospective players aged 16 through 20 to contact him at email@example.com or 613-360-0711.
Alexandria Glens camp, announcer
Training camp for the Alexandria Glens is scheduled to be held in Alexandria, beginning Friday, September 18. Prospects for the 52nd annual edition of the Glens are asked to register online in advance.
In other team news, the Glens have announced the addition of a play-by-play commentator for the team’s home broadcasts via the Hockey TV platform. Liam Arkinson joins the organization in this capacity, having formerly served in this role with the Ottawa West Golden Knights.
The Alexandria-based Glengarry Pipers haven’t let the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic stop preparations for an inaugural campaign in the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League (senior ‘A’), with player signings and on-ice workout sessions continuing through the summer, as the club looks forward to camp in September and competition to begin in October.
Today, the team announced a trade with Cornwall’s club, the Prowlers.
Amongst other recent news, the team signed 6 ft. 4 in. forward Michael Zollo. The 34-year-old from LaSalle, Quebec, spent last season in la belle province’s senior league, the LHSAAAQ.
Last month, the Pipers, led by general manager Jamie Lavigne, signed Marc-Antoine Pilon, who is billed as a “smooth-skating defenceman who sees the ice well and can put up decent numbers.” Pilon is 28 and played last season with the Waterloo Maroons, which compete in a Montreal-area senior league.
The team has also announced a number of familiar local names who are slated to be part of the Pipers for the 2020-21 season. Among them are Brad Gabbour, Kole Beaton, Liam Vipond, Austin Ladouceur, Erik Just, and Ryan Allen. Others on the roster include Ethan Scott, Neil Chabot, Mario Duquette, Julien Machabee, and Will Simpson.
That was followed by the EOSHL draft, where the Pipers picked Miguel Poissant, Jakob Brunette, and Kevin Howson.
In addition to the Glengarry Pipers, the region’s senior ‘A’ hockey league also features the Maxville Mustangs (formerly the Millionaires), the defending-champion Cornwall Prowlers, the West Carleton Rivermen (last season’s top regular-season team), the Deseronto Bulldogs, the Frontenac Phantoms (another new entrant), and the Smiths Falls Rideaus (also new for the 2020-21 season).
The Alexandria-based Glengarry Hockey School has enjoyed a long tradition of providing children with skills development at the start of each season. However, for 2020, there will be no hockey school taking place at the Glengarry Sports Palace due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In a social media post, Luc Duval, whose family operates the school, stated, “The Glengarry Hockey School strongly believes that keeping our players, volunteers, and families safe is paramount, especially during these uncertain times with COVID-19. With this in mind and the current information we have about COVID-19, we have decided to cancel this year’s program.”
The post goes on to note that the 2021 edition is scheduled to begin on August 22.
The Glengarry Hockey School began in 1980 under the direction of Glengarry Sports Hall of Famer (2001) Gilles Joanette, with assistance from sons Yves and Pascal, as well as Brian MacDonald and Gaetan Giroux. Operation of the school was transferred from the Joanette family to Luc Duval a few years ago.