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Hawks, Glens postpone 2020 hockey training camps

With ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic and despite the province loosening healthy restrictions, two local junior hockey teams, the Hawkesbury Hawks and the Alexandria Glens, have announced the postponement of planned summer camps.

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The junior ‘A’ Hawks, which play in the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) had planned for a camp in June, postponing that to July. Once again, though, the club has been forced into another delay, now scheduling its 2020 training camp for August 21 to 23, in Hawkesbury.

The camp, to be held at the Robert Hartley Complex, is open to hockey players with 2000-04 birth years, with the Hawks “looking to fill 5-6 forward positions, 3-4 defence positions, and 1 goalie position.”

Further information and a registration form can be found on the team’s website here.

As for the Glens, the team had slated its 2020 training camp for August, at the Glengarry Sports Palace in Alexandria. However, last week the club announced a deferral: “Unfortunately, we must announce the postponement of our Main Camp to Friday, September 18th, in Alexandria.”

Prospective players are invited to register at the portal here.

For more background on the off-season for Alexandria’s junior ‘B’ hockey team, please see this earlier post.

Last Sunday, new head coach Carl Robillard engaged a number of prospects in on-ice drills at a rink in Ottawa, part of a series of summer training sessions being run in accordance with current COVID-19 protocols.

Glens on the ice in Ottawa. (submitted photo)
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Hawkesbury Hawks begin plans for new season with draft, camp announcements

The 2019-20 CCHL season came to an abrupt end of March 13, when Hockey Canada suspended all sanctioned events across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CJHL’s (governing body for junior ‘A’ hockey across Canada) subsequent announcement cancelled league playoffs and the national championship.

Prior to the shutdown, the region’s junior ‘A’ league held its annual bantam protect draft.

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Hawkesbury’s first pick came fourth in the first round, as the Hawks chose Brad Horner, a defenceman from Vankleek Hill. He played last season with the Eastern Ontario Wild ‘AAA’ major bantam hockey team.

Other members of the Hawks 2020 draft class were Marc-Olivier McCarthy (forward, Glen Robertson), Yanick Blanchard (forward, Embrun), Derek Larocque (forward, Alexandria), Lucas Peever (forward, St. Albert), Mathieu Levesque (defenceman, Hawkesbury), Antoine Dorion (forward, Orleans), Jake Pulkinghorn (defenceman, Ottawa), Justin Flamini (defenceman, Cumberland), and Jayson McIntyre (forward, Orleans).

Of note, two of the draft selections are students at Alexandria’s École secondaire catholique Le Relais. Another student from the school was picked by the Cornwall Colts.

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From left are Mathieu Sauvé, Derek Larocque, and Marc-Olivier McCarthy. (Le Relais photo)

The Hawks ended the 2019-20 season second in the Yzerman Division, with a record of 36 wins, 24 regulation losses, and 2 overtime defeats, for 74 points. The squad was slated to open the CCHL playoffs against the third-place team from the Robinson Division, the Smiths Falls Bears (33-24-5, for 71 points). Interestingly, the teams had identical regular-season powerplay and penalty kill percentages, at 18.3 and 86 percent, respectively.

On the cancellation of the playoffs, Alexandria’s Felix Sauve, a rookie defenceman with the Hawks, admitted to me, “It sucks! We had a lot of key pieces this year which could have brought us far in the long run. It’s hard to say goodbye to some of the boys since you don’t know when you will meet or cross paths again.” However, the teen acknowledged, “The safety of everyone is the number 1 priority, so it was the right move.”

Sauve saw action in 52 games, notching 1 goal and 5 assists, along with 32 penalty minutes.

He was among several local athletes who were mainstays on the roster this season, including forwards Mathieu Sabourin and Jeremy Quesnel.

Hawk Luke Grainger was honoured with a league award as the 2019-20 Top Graduating Player. The skater from Beaconsfield led the CCHL in scoring with 82 points (34 goals, 48 assists) in 56 games. He’s committed to playing NCAA hockey next season at Western Michigan University for next season.

In the league’s announcement, head coach Rick Dorval was quoted as saying, “Luke’s development with and without the puck has been tremendous. He is one of the most electrifying players in this league and is always a threat to opponents. He can move as fast east-west as north-south. We will miss him next year but wish him the best of luck at WMU.”

Aside from Grainger, the Hawks bid adieu to Matt Gasuik, Azzaro Tinling, Sebastien Paquette, Shane McGrath, and Zach Johnson.

2020 Summer Camp

Registration for the Hawkesbury Hawks summer camp is now open. The event is scheduled for June 19 to 21, but is subject to change due to Hockey Canada mandates around the COVID-19 situation.

The camp will be held in Gloucester, at the Richcraft Sensplex. Entry is $250, and players will each have approximately 4.5 hours of ice time spread over three games.

For further details and to sign up, see this page on the Hawks website.

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OFC Wildcats kick off training camp with player combine

On Sunday evening, the 2020 season of the Cornwall Wildcats OFC varsity football team got underway, as the coaching staff held a player combine.

Training camp continues, under the guidance of new head coach Alex Labonte, through to mid-May, when the provincial football season kicks off.

For the full schedule of training days and more information, please see this earlier post.

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