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Rebels to visit Glens tonight for sold-out hockey scrimmage

There is some junior ‘B’ hockey on tap for tonight at the Glengarry Sports Palace, where the Alexandria Glens are booked to host the Char-Lan Rebels in an exhibition, non-contact scrimmage, the fifth of their pre-season series.

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Glens scrimmage promo (Davide Disipio photo)

As with the previous scrimmages, current COVID-19 health and safety rules place a number of restrictions on the event, including limiting the number of spectators who can attend. Tickets were sold online in advance and are not available at the door.

The game is scheduled to be broadcast online via Hockey TV (subscription required). Liam Arkinson will have the play-by-play call.

Thus far, the Rebs have had the upper hand in the series of scrimmage. Char-Lan won the first three meetings. The fourth, played in Williamstown on October 17, saw Alexandria prevail 4-3 in a shootout, with Patryk Kostrzewa scoring the game-winner.

Player announcements

Off the ice, both clubs remain active. Recently, the Glens and Rebels conducted a trade, the details of which can be read here in a previous post.

October 23 saw the Alexandria Glens hold an intra-squad scrimmage, with Team Yellow (Braden Legue, captain) winning in double overtime, 8-7.

The Rebels announced that forward Tyler Branchaud has signed with the team. He skated with the U18 Colts for the 2019-20 campaign, recording 24 points and 51 penalty minutes in HEO 37 games. The 17-year-old hails from Metcalfe. He’s already somewhat familiar with Char-Lan’s junior ‘B’ team as last season he played as an affiliate with the Rebs in 9 games, notching 3 points. In two contests with the CCHL Colts, Branchaud didn’t hit the scoresheet.

Worthy of note, Branchaud is a dual-sport athlete who also competed for Canada at the U18 men’s softball world cup last year.

Meanwhile, 20-year-old defenceman Dillon Spinner has committed to returning to the Rebels for another go-round this winter. He was the team’s recipient of the Ken MacDonald award for overall proficiency last season. Char-Lan is glad to have him back “to solidify a strong D-corp.”

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Glens deal Robertson, Veilleux to Rebels for PDF

The Char-Lan Rebels have two new players this week, having received Graham Robertson and Alexim Veilleux from the Alexandria Glens in a trade.

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The EOJHL Glens dealt the duo to their southern rivals in exchange for a player development fee (PDF) and future considerations.

Robertson, who hails from Maxville, is 18-years-old and plays forward. Checking in at 5 ft. 8 in. and 165 lb, the teen started last season with the Rebels before being signed by the Glens. He had one goal in five games with Char-Lan. In Alexandria, Robertson skated in 38 games, notching 15 points. He’s a product of the Seaway Valley Rapids hockey club.

Calling Hawkesbury home, Veilleux started the 2019-20 campaign in the CCHL (junior ‘A’) with the Kanata Lasers, playing five games. He then joined the junior ‘B’ Glens. With the Alexandria squad, he suited up for 37 games, recording 16 points and 240 penalty minutes. The 19-year-old winger is 5 ft. 8in, 150 lb. In all, he played 36 games at the junior ‘A’ level, beginning with a stint two seasons ago as a member of the Cornwall Colts.

On the trade, the Glens organization stated, “We would like to thank Alexim and Graham for their service and wish them the best with Char-Lan.”

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Rebels complete sweep of Glens; teams to collide again twice this weekend

Last Saturday in Williamstown, the junior ‘B’ Char-Lan Rebels hosted their first action of the season, skating to a 5-3 victory over the Alexandria Glens, in the second half of back-to-back non-contact scrimmages. With the win, the Rebs completed the weekend sweep of their northern rival, as the teams are set to collide again this weekend.

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The Char-Lan Rebels skate against the Alexandria Glens, in EOJHL exhibition scrimmage action. (Rebels photo)

On the heels of a 3-2 win in Alexandria Friday night, Char-Lan maintained the pressure on the Glens an evening later in Williamstown, opening up a 2-0 lead in the first period, en route to prevailing at the final buzzer 5-3.

Tanner Gillies and William Zhang backstopped the Glens in the loss. Alexandria goals were netted by Nico Pozzebon, Kyle Joly, and Zachary Bigras. Picking up the assists were Nicolas Ouellette, Kyle Green, Tyson Allard, Pozzebon, and Alexandre Saul.

Taran Fiacco scored the game-winner for Char-Lan 14 minutes into the third period, on a power play, set up by Alexxi Paquette and an unidentified player. Cuyler Molinaro iced the victory in the late going, with an unassisted tally.

Earlier goals for the Rebels were scored by Ryan Grant (unassisted), Andrew Dixon (from Joseph Samson and Alexandre Elie) and Samson.

Ceili Picard came into the game midway through, backstopping the win, taking over for a young prospect who started.

“Home it was just nice to be back on home ice!! Call it a game, call it a scrimmage, it’s still the #BattleOfGlengarry. Another tight one! The Rebs take it 5-3! Thanks to the Township of South Glengarry for accommodating our fans tonight! #Safe #socialdistanced #GoRebsGo #EOJHL”

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Here’s a video of the Glens during the warm-up.

Next scrimmages set for October 16, 17

On Friday, the Glens will again host the Rebels, with the teams switching to Williamstown for Saturday night to complete the four-game scrimmage series.

Both games are sold out. Anyone arriving without a ticket will be refused entry due to COVID-19 spectator limits.

The games can be viewed online, with a subscription to Hockey TV.

I am told that after these skates, the teams will focus on independent training and development, as much remains on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roster changes

In other developments, former Rebel Rylan Iwachniuk has been traded from his current team, the CCHL Cornwall Colts, to the Nepean Raiders, also of the region’s junior ‘A’ hockey league. The Raiders also got Jack Parker and a player development fee in the trade, while Cornwall received Tyson Tomasini in return.

Iwachniuk was a mainstay of the Char-Lan lineup last season, skating in 43 games and notching 17 points. The forward who hails from Ingleside is 18 this year.

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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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Junior B Char-Lan Rebels set camp start for Thursday, announce captain

The 2020 training camp for the Char-Lan Rebels of the EOJHL is scheduled to begin on September 10, on the ice at the Finch arena.

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Prospective players are invited to pre-register online here.

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.

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Photo collage highlighting Char-Lan Rebels captain Joseph Samson. (Rebels photos)

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.

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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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Char-Lan Rebels highlight memorable 1988-89 squad

The 1988-89 edition of the Char-Lan Rebels was a stellar group, highlighted by Kevin Poapst, who led in scoring for a third straight year, with 65 goals and 39 assists.

Competing in the then Eastern Ontario Junior ‘B’ Hockey League, the Rebels were in their heyday, having won their first (and only) league championship banner to cap off the 1985-86 season.

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The Char-Lan Rebels junior ‘B’ hockey team from the 1988-89 season. (submitted photo)

The current club recently shared this photo on social media, as hockey returned to Canada in the form of the restart of the NHL season, with the 2020 playoffs underway in Toronto and Edmonton.

The Rebs, and the rest of the teams in the EOJHL (formerly the CCHL2) are hopeful they will have a season this fall, pending the further loosening of provincial health restrictions.

In case you missed it, Char-Lan’s junior ‘B’ hockey team ended the 2019-20 season by naming its season award winners virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s the story posted at the time.

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Parsons finally gets to visit his OHL draft club in Kitchener

With the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, some aspects of hockey life have gone on, while others have stopped or been changed. For a young goaltender from Embrun, the situation over the past few months delayed his visit to his OHL draft club until this week.

The 15-year-old Jackson Parsons, who was picked in the 2020 OHL draft in the third round, 53rd overall, by the Kitchener Rangers. The top junior league in the province held its draft virtually this year, so this recent visit to the team’s home was Parsons’ first opportunity to see their facilities and meet in-person with staff.

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Goaltender Jackson Parsons visited the Kitchener Rangers OHL hockey club in person for the first time recently. (Rangers OHL photo)

Since being drafted, he’s connected remotely with coaches. He’s also participated in Hockey Canada sessions online.

The teen backstop spent the 2019-20 season with the U18 Cornwall Colts and the CCHL2 Char-Lan Rebels. For background, see this previously posted story about Parsons.

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OHL-drafted goaltender Parsons works out virtually in Hockey Canada program

Embrun resident, an OHL draft pick of the Kitchener Rangers, Jackson Parsons recently worked out virtually with Hockey Canada and has been invited to the organization’s national U17 development camp, set to begin July 19.

In May, he signed an OHL standard player agreement with the Rangers. Parsons was picked in the OHL Priority Selection draft 53rd overall.

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Jackson Parsons as a goaltender with the U18 Cornwall Colts (photo courtesy of Kitchener Rangers)

The 15-year-old’s junior hockey career began last season, which was split between the U18 Cornwall Colts and the junior ‘B’ Char- Lan Rebels.

The Rangers recently highlighted Parson’s summer on their website, quoting the net minder’s thoughts on his Hockey Canada experience thus far: “All of the important information was made available to us, and it was really valuable. Parsons said. I just looked at the online format as a change. It didn’t necessarily lessen the experience at all.”

Kitchener head coach and general manager Mike McKenzie added, “Every little bit helps, especially with kids at this age, and they learn different things from a lot of people in the hockey world.”

Team staff will be connecting online with all Rangers players, including Parsons, with plans for weekly calls from the coach and “guest speakers.”

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