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.
The Central Canada Hockey League (junior ‘A’) held its Annual General Meeting on June 29, the first time it had been done via video conferencing, for the 12 clubs of the Eastern Ontario loop.
“While uncertainty remains, the return to play protocols developed by Hockey Eastern Ontario through our four local health units and the Canadian Junior Hockey League have allowed us to prepare for the upcoming weeks and months.
The CCHL will conduct its scheduled meeting on July 15, and at that time will confirm the start date and schedule length based on the most current information of the day.
We look forward to hitting the ice for training camp and our annual showcase when it is safe for players, officials and spectators to do so.
CCHL announcement following the 2020 Annual General Meeting
The 2019-20 came to an abrupt end in March, with the playoffs set to begin, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the mandated Hockey Canada shutdown.
The Hawkesbury Hawks (36-24-2-0) were scheduled to play the Smiths Falls Bear (33.24-3-2) in their opening-round playoff series, while the Cornwall Colts (21-35-1-5) didn’t qualify for post-season action.
In a media release, the Rangers, who picked Parsons in the third-round pick (53rd overall) of the 2020 OHL Priority Selection, confirmed that the net minder has “signed his Ontario Hockey League standard player agreement.”
The team’s general manager, Mike McKenzie, stated, “Jackson is a quick and athletic goalie that had a very good [2019-20] season. He was a guy that was on our radar as one of the top goalies in the draft, and we were extremely excited to draft him and even more excited to see him sign with our team. We would like to welcome Jackson and his family to the Rangers.”
Parsons is 15 years old (he will turn 16 in November) and checks in at 5 ft. 11 in., 185 lb.
Last season, he played three games with the junior ‘B’ Rebels, recording a 2.79 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage. With the U18 Colts, over 23 games, he had a 2.28 GAA and a .929 SVS%.
In the 2017-18 season, he was a member of the ‘AAA’ Eastern Ontario Wild minor bantams (1.96 GAA in 16 games), and during the 2018-19 campaign he was with the CIHA Voyageurs (3.76 GAA over 25 games).
The Ottawa Jr. Senators of the CCHL recently acknowledged milestones achieved by Ethan Mulhearn, who hails from Williamstown.
The 19-year-old forward has played in 53 games with the Sens this season, notching 17 goals and 24 assists, along with 70 penalty minutes.
His junior ‘A’ hockey career began in the 2015-16 season, where he skated in three games for the CCHL Cornwall Colts. Much of that winter was played with the U18 Colts. Mulhearn went on to play three full seasons with the CCHL Colts.
The Senators are currently in third place in the Yzerman Division, with a record of 27-24-2-0. Mulhearn leads his team in points (41), is tied for first in assists (24), and is third in goals scored (17).
Bainsville’s Sebastian Dirven is a freshman student-athlete at Cornell University where he is studying in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and playing hockey as a defenceman for the Big Red.
The 6ft. 3 in., 196 lb. blueline has suited up for all six of the team’s game, as Cornell has built a 6-0 record. Dirven has yet to register a point, though he has recorded 6 shots on goal and been credited with 3 blocked shots. He’s also taken three minor penalties.
The Glengarrian played his minor hockey in the Seaway Valley Rapids program, before devoting the 2014-15 season to the Ontario Hockey Academy, in Cornwall.
The next two seasons, he played for the CCHL Cornwall Colts, whilst a student at Char-Lan DHS, in Williamstown.
Most recently, Dirven skated with the Central Illinois Flying Aces of the USHL, playing 117 games from 2017 through 2019 and scoring 34 points to go along with 122 penalty minutes.
Cornell’s Big Red hockey team has two games on tap this weekend in Ithaca, N.Y., scheduled to play Quinnipiac University tonight, November 22, and Princeton on Saturday.
Earlier this month, Williamstown’s Ethan Mulhearn, a member of the CCHL Ottawa Junior Senators, was profiled on the team’s website as a skater who has earned “a reputation as a tough, hard-working player who was solid at both ends of the ice.”
The 19-year-old product of the Eastern Ontario Wild ‘AAA’ system and the U18 Colts went on to play three seasons with the CCHL Cornwall Colts, recording 93 points in 189 games (regular-season and playoffs).
During the 2018-19 season, Mulhearn was invited to participate in the Eastern Canada Cup, skating for the CCHL Team Yzerman in three games.
So far this fall with the Senators, the 5 ft. 10 in., 161 lb. forward is scoring at roughly a point-a-game pace, with 7 goals, 17 assists, and 34 penalty minutes, in 25 games.
Mulhearn was brought to Ottawa by way of a trade. To read his full profile, follow this link.
Char-Lan’s junior ‘B’ hockey team has a new defenceman, recently inking Noah Konink, a 20-year-old Long Sault native.
The former CCHL Cornwall Colt blueliner was signed by the Rebs on October 16.
In the 2016-17 season with the Colts, his last in Cornwall, Konink notched 13 points in 43 regular-season games. He also chalked up 28 penalty minutes. He added 2 points in 7 playoff matches that season.
The 5 ft. 11 in., 154 lb. D-man is slated to be in Char-Lan’s lineup this weekend, when the club is scheduled to host back-to-back contests at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre, in Williamstown.
On Saturday, starting at 8 p.m., the Rebs will take on the Renfrew Timberwolves, and on Saturday, beginning at 3:30 p.m., the boys will entertain the Perth Blue Wings.
In other recent roster moves, Char-Lan released defenceman Campbell Craig and goaltender Dawson Irving. The team also signed, as affiliated players, forward Cuyler Molinaro and goaltender Kamden Sabourin.
The Alexandria Glens of the CCHL2 have bolstered their roster with the addition of 17-year-old Maxville resident Maxville native Graham Robertson, following a trade with county rival Char-Lan.
The forward was added to the Glens roster in a trade today that will see him in the lineup tonight, when Alexandria hosts the Richmond Royals at 8 p.m., Derick Viau, the Glens general manager tells me.
Robertson played in all five Char-Lan games thus far this season, scoring one goal.
The trade to Alexandria included a player development fee (PDF).
Going the other way is the the playing rights to Alexandre Elie, who hails from St. Isidore. He’s been playing this season with the Cornwall Colts of the CCHL.
The Alexandria Glens of the CCHL2 added Bainsville’s Brendon Watson to their blueline group yesterday, in time for the team’s trip to Brockville, where the boys fell to the Tikis 7-4.
Watson, a 17-year-old product of the Cornwall Colts U18 system, was listed on the Char-Lan Rebels roster to start this season, but didn’t play any games with the team. The Glens were able to sign the 5 ft. 10 in., 184 lb. D-man and give up nothing in return.
According to his Elite Hockey Prospects bio, Watson played his minor hockey with the Eastern Ontario Wild, before moving up to the U18 Colts, of which he was a member the last two seasons. In 38 regular-season games over the 2018-19 season, Watson recorded 14 points and 39 penalty minutes. That season he also drew into the junior ‘B’ Rebels lineup 10 times, counting regular-season and playoff action.
Loss in Brockville
Danik Martin took the loss in net for the Glens Wednesday night in Brockville, despite making 33 saves. Alexandria had 48 shots on the Tikis net, with goals scored by Austin Ladouceur, Austin Gaspar, Zachary Bigras, and Alexim Veilleux. Assists went to Kolten Oakes-Cook (2), Elijah Boisvert, Andy Lightle-Blais, and Daniel Scott.
Next up for the Glens are back-to-back home dates this weekend, starting with a Friday night visit by the Tikis. Saturday evening’s opponent will be the Perth Blue Wings. Both are 8 p.m. starts.