The team invites “All 16- to 20-year-old players … to come try out.”
The opening training camp session is slated for Thursday, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Finch. Workout number two is booked for Cornwall’s multi-sport complex, on September 17 (6:30 to 8 p.m.). Training will continue three days later, also in Cornwall (1 to 2:30 p.m.), with two further sessions planned for the Rebels’ home rink in Williamstown, on September 22 and 26 (times to be confirmed).
Jeff Carter serves as the team’s head coach.
On the player front, the club announced that Joseph Samson has committed to returning for the upcoming season and will serve as Char-Lan captain. He led last year’s squad, scoring 26 goals and 31 assists.
On Saturday (September 12) the Rebels are joining with county cousins the Alexandria Glens for a golf tournament to be held at Lancaster’s Heritage Golf Club. For details, please see this previous story.
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.
In CCHL2 road action Tuesday night, the Char-Lan Rebels scored a 5-3 comeback win over the Ottawa Jr. Canadians, backstopped by Cole Eakins and his 42-save effort.
Justice Brownlee notched the lone first-period tally, unassisted, giving Char-Lan the lead, but Ottawa took control in the second stanza, scoring three times to one for the Rebels. Noah Konink had that tally, set up by Joseph Samson and Liam MacDonald, on a power play.
Three unanswered goals in the third period, as Reese Donnelly, Owen Carter, and Paul Waldhauser found the back of the Canadians net in succession, secured the win for Char-Lan. Assists went to Dillon Spinner, Waldhauser, and Carter, who was named first star of the game.
Char-Lan went two for three on the power play. The boys allowed two power-play goals against on six short-handed situations.
The win snapped a three-game losing skid that included a single point in from a shootout loss.
Saturday night, the Rebels (5-6-1-1) are scheduled to host the Westport Rideaus (12-4) at 8 p.m.
Alexandria Glens roster changes
On the roster front, the Alexandria Glens have made some moves of late. Gone from the lineup are defenceman Trystan Veilleux and forwards Jager Burge and Zenin Biron.
Added on Nov. 6 from the Casselman Vikings, in exchange for a player development fee, was Etienne Agius-Pease. The centreman who hails from Orleans had played in 11 games with the Vikes, recording 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes. The 19-year-old checks in at 5 ft. 9 in, 190 lb.
Agius-Pease is slated to be in the Glens (2-11-1) lineup tonight, when the team hosts the Ottawa Jr. Canadians (10-3-1) at 8 p.m. The forward will be wearing jersey number 22.
The CCHL2 Char-Lan Rebels hockey club will begin the 2019-20 season with an August 21 practice and scrimmage, at Cornwall’s multi-sport complex. The session will run from 8:30 to 10 p.m., and interested players are invited to contact Rebs head coach / general manager Jeff Carter at email@example.com or 613-360-0711.
A subsequent practice and tryout is booked for the rink in Williamstown, on September 5, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Over the following two nights, players will skate in back-to-back exhibition games with the Alexandria Glens. Warm-ups are set to start at 7:30 p.m., with the Friday night match at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre and the Saturday game at the Glengarry Sports Palace.
The Rebels will hold an official registration day on September 8. Two day later in Casselman, the squad will skate in its third exhibition game (7:30 p.m. start). A final practice to prepare for the regular season is slate for September 12, in Williamstown.
Off the ice, plenty has been going on over the past few weeks. Goaltender Dawson Irving, who last season split his time between the junior ‘B’ Rebels and the Morrisburg junior ‘C’ Lions, has been signed to return to the hemp hut for Char-Lan. The net minder will juggle this role with his studies at Carleton University, in Ottawa.
Forward Joseph Samson has also committed to playing for the Rebels this season. He will be attending Algonquin College. He’s previously played at the junior ‘A’ level with the Cornwall Colts and Kemptville 73’s.
The Rebels are seeking an assistant coach and a trainer to join the club behind the bench. Interested individuals should contact Jeff Carter.