With all that has been going on in the world of late, it seems as though the season for the Alexandria Glens concluded a lifetime ago. Officially, the team’s 2019-20 CCHL2 campaign ended on February 25, with a 5-1 victory on home ice over the Athens Aeros.
It was one of few bright spots on the season that saw the Glens win just 9 of 44 games. The squad lost 31 in regulation time and a further 4 in either overtime or a shootout.
Following the team’s final contest of the winter, I interviewed alternate captain Nico Pozzebon and first-year general manager Derick Viau.
As Viau notes, it was right back to business looking towards next season. Little did he and the players know at the time what was in store for them and us in the weeks that followed.
In mid-March, we learned of the passing of Mike (Michel) Depratto. He was key in saving the Glens a few years back, leading a group of individuals who established the club as a community not-for-profit entity.
“It is with a heavy heart that we have just learned of the passing of Mike Depratto. He was involved in keeping the Glens in the community and he was HEO’s current 1st VP. He will be truly missed in the Community of Alexandria and Hockey.”
Alexandria Glens statement, March 14
A Hockey Eastern Ontario note, attributed to minor president Gary Hopkins, probably summed it up best: Depratto’s “contributions to hockey in Eastern Ontario cannot be overstated, but more importantly he has been a friend and a mentor to many of us on a personal level. We will miss him.”
The unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic altered plans for the Glens during the off-season as well, with the team having to cancel its annual team banquet and awards ceremony. Instead, award-winners were announced remotely.
Most Improved Player: #17 Elijah Boisvert
Glens Manager’s Trophy for Top Scorer: #11 Nico Pozzebon
Glens Sportsmanship & Ability Award: #8 Zachary power and #16 Ryan Leonard
Glens Leadership Trophy: #11 Nico Pozzebon
Glens Best Defenceman: #21 Nicolas Ouellette and #12 Zachary Bigras
Ernest Bellefeuille Award: #28 Alexim Veilleux
President’s Trophy for MVP: #11 Nico Pozzebon
From the general manager’s perspective, his first foray into leading a junior ‘B’ hockey club was a whirlwind, with Viau telling me that he has nothing but pride for all the players who contributed to the Glens over the course of he 2019-20 season.
Looking Towards the 2020-21 Campaign
General manager Viau’s to-do list is a lengthy one. Initially, a spring skate for players and potential Glens was planned, but that had to be nixed due to the hockey shutdown.
Regardless, planning for the new season had to continue. Online recruitment for the team’s August (hopefully) camp has been set up on the Glens website and can be accessed here. The team invites hockey players ages 16 through 20 years old to sign up or contact the general manager (email@example.com or at 613-360-0077) for more information. Payment of camp fees has been waived until further notice.
In terms of staff behind the bench, the Glens are looking for an equipment manager / trainer. Anyone interested should contact Viau.
Last year’s coaches – Marc Rousseau, Stephan Ouellette, and Marco Pozzebon – were slated to return for a second kick at the can, but the team has since parted ways with the trio. (See the updated story here.)
As things stand now, the Glens camp is scheduled to begin in late August, followed by the CCHL2 pre-season and regular season in September.
The hockey shutdown mandated by Hockey Canada in March curtailed the league’s 2019-20 playoffs in the second round, meaning there was no league champion declared.
Tradition, each season of the Alexandria District Minor Hockey Association is capped off by a celebratory banquet, where award winners are presented their medals, photos are taken, and the kids get to enjoy a light meal.
Of course, this is not a normal year.
The hockey season was stopped in mid-March, with remaining games for teams still in action later cancelled.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has gone on, cancellation of the annual banquet was inevitable.
At the conclusion of each junior ‘B’ hockey season, the Char-Lan Rebels CCHL2 hockey club traditionally hosts a year-end awards banquet, but due to COVID-19 concerns, that was not possible this time. Instead, the team wrapped up the campaign with a letter to players and fans online.
Included in the announcement was a list of team award winners for the 2019-20 season.
Owen Carter was named rookie of the year. The 6 ft. 2 in., 220 lb. defenceman from Ingleside logged 39 games and notched 21 points to go along with 107 penalty minutes.
The Sandilands Trophy for sportsmanship and playing ability was awarded to Alexandre Elie, a forward from St. Isidore. In 37 games, the 19-year-old recorded 41 points and 42 PIM.
Blueliner Dillon Spinner was named the recipient of the Kenneth A. MacDonald Award for overall proficiency. The 19-year-old from Fort Covington (New York) scored at a 0.57 points-per-game pace while accruing 54 PIM.
Taran Fiacco, from Cornwall, received the Marc Beaudet Memorial Award as best defensive forward. The 19-year-old, in his second season with the Rebels, played 37 games, recording 11 points and 21 PIM.
The Earle Sandilands Memorial Team Spirit Award is being shared by Rylan Iwachniuk and Paul Waldhauser, both forwards. Iwachniuk, aged 17, and Waldhauser, 18, both hail from Ingleside.
Noah Konink sees his name added to two trophies. He received the Dalton Amell Landscaping award as defenceman of the year and shared the most effective and dedicated player honours. The D-man from Long Sault is 21 years old and is the club’s lone graduating player. In his first full season with the Rebels, Konink played in 35 of the team’s 44 games, scoring 31 points and recording 22 PIM. His contribution included 11 power-play goals.
On the completion of his junior hockey career, team administration stated, “A tip of the cap goes out to our graduating defenceman Noah Konink. Thank you for all your contributions this season. The Rebels were very fortunate to have had you as part of the team.
The other winner of the most effective and dedicated player award was captain Joseph Samson. The Cornwall resident suited up for 40 games, notching 57 points and 108 PIM. His scoring included 10 power-play goals and 2 short-handed.
Samson was also named the recipient of the Robert Curran Memorial Trophy as MVP of the regular season.
Looking back on the 2019-20 CCHL2 campaign that saw Char-Lan finish sixth in the Martin Division, 11 points out of a playoff position, team staff noted it “was a year that began with much promise,” as the Rebels started strong, among the division leaders.
Coming off an exciting playoff run in 2018-19, the team added veterans Joe Samson and Noah Konink to a strong returning core, including Liam MacDonald, Taran Fiacco, and Dillon Spinner. We welcomed first-year players Owen Carter, Rylan Iwachniuk, Paul Waldhauser, and Kale MacCormick, as graduates of the U18 [Cornwall] Colts and Tim Cook from a USA high school. Jeff Carter [the team’s coach and general manager] made a few shrewd moves throughout the season, adding talented players Alexandre Elie, Hunter MacPherson, and Lochlan MacDonald via trade and re-acquiring Isaac Testani from the [CCHL] Cornwall Colts. We juggled six new faces through the crease, but eventually saw the emergence of promising young goaltender Ceili Picard. We also saw several affiliates make impacts in their debut.s. Unfortunately, the injury bug took its toll on key players like MacCormick, Parker Tallman, and Shane Gaudreau in a season that saw no player able to play all 44 games. While we fell short of the goal of making the playoffs, we made some definite progress. The future of the Char-Lan Rebels looks bright.
Char-Lan Rebels letter to players and supporters
The club extended a special thank you to Jeff Carter, assistant coach Kevin MacCormick, and trainer Dylan Seguin for their contributions through the season.
The CCHL2 (junior ‘B’ hockey league) today announced its all-star selections.
Joseph Samson, of the Char-Lan Rebels, was named a forward on the second all-star team. The 20-year-old, who is eligible for another season of junior next winter, enters play tonight tied league-wide in goals for 10th place, with 26.
He leads his team in points (56), goals, assists (30), and points-per-game (1.44).
The Cornwall resident has played in 39 games for Char-Lan and is not unfamiliar with the sin bin, having taken 102 penalty minutes thus far. His junior hockey career formerly saw him skate in the CCHL (junior ‘A’) with the Cornwall Colts and Kemptville 73’s.
At a Wednesday evening dinner in Alexandria, the Glengarry Gaels football club celebrated the 2019 fall high school season and its top individual athletes.
The November 20 evening saw Spencer Fitzpatrick named the team’s most valuable player, while Logan Keurentjes was honoured as the offensive MVP. Jesse Taylor Rawlings, who wasn’t able to attend, was recognized with the award for defensive MVP.
Nathaniel Noel received the honour as lineman of the year, and Alexander Urquhart was named the recipient of the Gaels Heart Award.
The Glengarry Gaels high school football team is run by community volunteers, fielding players from GDHS and VCI. The team competes in the SDGAA league. This season, the Gaels had a record of 1 win (La Citadelle) and 3 losses (Holy Trinity and St. Joseph’s twice).
The Cornwall Wildcats Football Club held its fall awards banquet on Sunday, officially capping off the NCAFA season and recognizing the contributions of the top athletes across the five teams that competed in the Ottawa-based gridiron tackle football league.
The fall 2019 season was quite a successful one for the Wildcats, which saw one team, the tyke 2 squad, capture an ‘A’ championship, while another, the mosquito ‘Cats, claimed a ‘B’ crown. Cornwall’s peewee team finished as B-side runners-up. The tyke 1 Wildcats and the bantam team both reached their respective ‘A’ semifinals.
For more on the Cornwall Wildcats this season, please see these posts:
At Sunday’s awards, Nick McAuley was honoured as NCAFA Player of the Year. Melinda Summers was recognized as NCAFA Volunteer of the Year, and Matthew Bateman was saluted as NCAFA Coach of the Year.
Tyke 1 awards
Colin Markell (Team MVP), Hayden Quibell (Offensive MVP), Liam Bourbonnais (Defensive MVP), Colton Fardy (Lineman), Jaxson Berniquer (Rookie of the Year), Brody Herrington (Coaches’ Award).
Tyke 2 awards
Bryce Camplin (Team MVP), Connor Hamelin (Offensive MVP), Myles Merpaw (Defensive MVP), Preston King (Rookie of the Year), Max Legros (Lineman), Caleb Martin (Coaches’ Award).
Ben Jackman (Team MVP), Noah Carter (Offensive MVP), Elliot Keenan (Defensive MVP), Kingston King (Rookie of the Year), Phoenix Oakes (Special Teams MVP), Daniel Merpaw (Coaches’ Award), Liam McNally (Offensive Line MVP), Rahontsiahawi Jacobs (Defensive Line MVP).
Nick McAuley (Team MVP), Carter Camplin (Offensive MVP), Jayvyn Ncube (Defensive MVP), Zachary Aubin (Special Teams MVP), Logan Summers (Rookie of the Year), Kash Anderson (Offensive Lineman MVP), Cassius Collins (Defensive Lineman MVP), Damien Gregory (Coaches’ Award).
Damien Morin (Team MVP), Noah Cardinal (Offensive MVP), Griffin Charlebois (Defensive MVP), Tristan Deschamps (Specials Teams MVP), Reilly Taillon (Offensive Line MVP), Keegan McNally (Defensive Line), Xavier Uhr (Rookie of the Year), Aiden Laird (Coaches’ Award).
Call it what you will – an upset, a storybook season, a comeback – but no matter how you slice it, the young Alexandria men claimed senior soccer supremacy last week, winning the Glengarry Soccer League championship over the regular season’s top team, Alexandria FC.
After FC took game one of the best-of-three final series, Alexandria faced a do-or-die situation on August 28, rallying from 1-0 down late in the game to win 2-1 in double overtime. (See this post for the details). That victory set the stage for the deciding match two nights later under the lights at Island Park.
With throngs of community members out in forcing, lining the field to take in the action, Alexandria built a 2-0 lead on goals from Kyle McIntee (off a free kick) and Brennan Nadeau). FC pressed relentlessly until the very end, but a tenacious team defence from the Black Shirts seemed to always find a way to disrupt.
The best scoring chance of the late going went to Alexandria, as Lochlan MacDonald sent a throw-in to Nadeau who booted the ball off the goalpost.
Alexandria goalkeeper David MacMaster and FC back Shawn Vink were named co-winners of the league’s playoff MVP honours. (For more awards, see this post.)
FC was the top team during the summer campaign, with a record of 6 wins, 3 ties, and 3 losses, for 21 points, 1 better than Glen Sandfield and 2 more than Alexandria. FC also was a league best on goal differential at +15, goals scored at 33, and shutouts at 3. Alexandria allowed the fewest goals at just 17.