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Rebels edge Glens in Friday night hockey scrimmage

Junior ‘B’ hockey returned to the county last night, as the Alexandria Glens and Char-Lan Rebels skated in a modified, non-contact scrimmage, the first of the exhibition season for both clubs. The action at the Glengarry Sports Palace, in Alexandria, was played in front of a limited number of spectators, due to COVID-19 regulations, as the Rebs edged their northern rivals 3-2.

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Owen Carter, Seamus O’Connell, and Nathan Faubert scored for Char-Lan, with assists netted by Brant Woodside, Liam MacDonald, Ryan Grant, Alexxi Paquette, and Hunter MacPherson. Goaltending duties were shared by Anthony Innco and Dawson Irving.

Kyle Joly scored both Alexandria goals, in the first period, with assists awarded to Alexandre Saul and Nico Pozzebon. Masters of the mash mansion were Tanner Gillies and Tyler Desjardins.

The two teams are slated to go at it again tonight in Williamstown, at 8:15 p.m. Tickets to the same are now sold out. Only those with a previously purchased ticket will be admitted due to COVID-19 restrictions at the arena. The game will be broadcast online at Hockey TV (subscription required).

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Sold-out scrimmage tonight in Alexandria to feature Glens, Rebels

Junior ‘B’ hockey action returns to the ice at the Glengarry Sports Palace tonight, where the Alexandria Glens will host the Char-Lan Rebels in a modified scrimmage, the first exhibition play of the 2020-12 EOJHL season.

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Both clubs have been training independently for more than a month, awaiting the green light for game play. However, current COVID-19 restrictions limit what can be done.

As such, the Glens and Rebels will skate in a non-contact scrimmage, with regular rules and timing applying, in front of a limited number of spectators, all of whom were required to by tickets in advance, online.

General manager Derick Viau tells me that the club was limited to selling 50 tickets. Anyone showing up tonight at the rink without a ticket will not be permitted entry.

Those attending should be aware of the Glens’ spectator safety policy that has been enacted due to COVID-19 protocols.

  • Physical distancing must be maintained at all times.
  • Please arrive early to accommodate for the check-in procedures that will be in place each game, which include temperature checks and COVID-19 screening questions.
  • Non-medical face masks are mandatory for all spectators while attending Glens home games. Masks will be available for purchase at each game.
  • Masks must be worn at all times, unless you are seated.
  • Please purchase your tickets in advance, online at tickets.alexandriaglens.com to guarantee your entry into the game, and prevent long wait times to enter the arena at check-in. No tickets will be sold at the arena until further notice.
  • Members of the same household may sit together; however, members of different households must maintain a 2-metre distance at all times and sit next to a socially-distanced marker.
  • Please do not leave your seat during the game unless you are going directly to the washroom or exiting the facility.
  • A “No Re-Entry” policy will be in effect throughout each home game.
  • All staff, players, and spectators are required to self-screen.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms or feeling unwell, please stay home.
  • At the end of the game, fans will be directed to exit the arena at specified intervals. This will be guided by announcements over the PA system and Glens’ ushers to ensure everyone can maintain physical-distancing measures.
  • Any fans that are not following the social distancing guidelines will be asked to leave.
  • Group gathering on the concourse will not be permitted.
  • All aisle seats will be unavailable.
  • Standing areas for viewing will not be available.

Tonight’s game will be broadcast online, on the Hockey TV platform, with Liam Arkinson providing play-by-play commentary. Start time is set for 8:15 p.m.

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Curling clubs striving to hit the ice this fall, winter

Local curling clubs are working towards reopening this fall or winter in a challenging environment due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Lancaster and District Curling Club set a goal of 80 full-time paid members registered by October 15. Club president James Doonan made the announcement to members via e-mail, with a post added to the LDCC Facebook page.

“The Board of the Lancaster District Curling Club has decided on a path forward for this season; our decision was made after reviewing the [member] survey results, the recommendations of the COVID committee, recommendations from the various curling associations at the federal and provincial level, and, finally, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.”

The number of 80 full memberships was determined to offset start-up, ice installation, and operational costs at the club.

Should things get underway, a number of strict rules will be enacted to govern usage of the facility and game play.

  1. Masks will be required in all common areas such as the bar, washrooms, entry. Masks will not be mandatory on the ice once play has started but are encouraged throughout.
  2. The bar will be limited to 1 or 2 post-game drinks. Players must leave before the following
    game finishes as only two teams will be allowed upstairs at any one time. Masks are not required while drinking/eating.
  3. All equipment must be sanitized when you arrive at the club.
  4. Only players scheduled for a game on any given evening will be allowed in the club and only during the time approximately 15 minutes before the game.
  5. Every player will be required to sign in when they play and be subject to this information being shared with government authorities should they have to perform a contact trace exercise.
  6. We will no longer store equipment at the club. Brooms, shoes, slider/grippers, stabilizers, sticks will need to be taken home. The club is working on a plan to have low-cost purchase or rental units available for sticks and stabilizers.
  7. The Timbits and Junior programs run on the weekends will be suspended until further notice.

For further membership information, please see this link on the LDCC website.

In September, the Alexandria Curling Club held its annual general meeting virtually. The full video can be seen here and on their Facebook page.

Meanwhile, the Glengarry Curling Club in Maxville has taken the decision to remain closed until at least January 4, 2021.

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Glengarry Curling Club (Maxville) letter, dated 1 September 2020

The Cornwall Curling Centre is aiming for a November return to play.

Whenever curling resumes, there are sure to be alterations to the game. Check out this video for some examples.

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Alexandria Glens hold training camp in Hawkesbury

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.

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Skaters on the ice at the Alexandria Glens training camp. (photo courtesy of Alexandria Glens)

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.

For more on Alexandria’s junior ‘B’ team, see this previous post. I also have a story about the Wild here.

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Junior B Glens seek billet families, announce player signings

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.”

To express your interest or for further information, please contact the team’s general manager, Derick Viau, at info@alexandriaglens.com or via the Glens’ Facebook page.

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.

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Keyshawn Francis (submitted photos)

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.”

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GSL hoping for 2020-21 indoor season

This week, the Glengarry Soccer League announced that it is planning for a 2020-21 indoor season, the kick off sometime this fall.

Last winter’s indoor campaign came to an abrupt halt in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially a suspension, the season’s remaining action, including playoffs, was eventually cancelled. Subsequently, the GSL was forced to cancel summer outdoor minor soccer, summer outdoor adult soccer, and regional youth competitive soccer (Hearts teams).

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GSL announcement on Facebook

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.

For the full, updated OSA guidelines, please see this link.

As the GSL notes, Stay Tuned!

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Celebrated coach, teacher returns to Le Relais as vice-principal

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.

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Staff of École secondaire catholique Le Relais ready for students, fall 2020, with Dominic Decoeur front and centre. (Le Relais photo)
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Dominic Decoeur (Le Relais photo)

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)
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Alexandria Curling Club requests input on return-to-play plans

As other local clubs have, the Alexandria Curling Club is looking for input from members on return-to-play plans for the coming season.

The club has an online survey available here.

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.

For more information, please see their Facebook page here.

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Lowe retains title as golf club champ

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.

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From left are Marc Sauve, Ben Lowe, and Gilles Leroux, the winners of the 2020 club championship at the Glengarry Golf and Country Club, in Alexandria. (photo courtesy JM Titley)

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.

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Junior B Glens, Rebels announce golf tournament for September

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.

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Glengarry junior ‘B’ hockey clubs announce a September golf tournament.

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 jeff@owntheicehockey.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.

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