As the COVID-19 isolation continues, the country’s national regulatory body for hockey encourages players and fans of the game to stay connected.
All leagues under the auspices of Hockey Canada shut down in mid March as part of virus containment measures, later cancelling their respective seasons. This left many players with unfinished campaigns while fans suddenly found themselves without their favourite sport to watch.
Hockey Canada has launched a number of efforts to keep the sport in people’s minds during this time. Amongst the initiatives is a campaign to encourage players and fans to share photos on Twitter and/or Instagram, tagging posts with the hashtag #makehockeymore
The sports body has also shared a list of recommended hockey-related books.
They also have virtual backgrounds (graphic files) that can be downloaded and used as your computer desktop background or for video conferencing. Check out the Hockey Canada offerings here.
Locally, concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic continue to have an impact upon scheduled events and activities. The latest to be cancelled is the 2020 edition of the Maxville Fair.
Traditionally, the Maxville Fair kicks off the summer season of rural fairs across the region. This year, it was scheduled to run June 26-28.
Amongst the activities on the agenda was a showcase of youth minor football, on Friday evening under the lights in front of the grandstand. In past years, this evening of the gridiron game has featured two matches involving teams from the Cornwall Wildcats and Glengarry Gaels programs. Some years have also included the United Counties Warriors or Russell Timberwolves. For the kids, this is a thrilling experience, with announcers calling the game live, while a roaming field reporter interviews players.
On April 15, the Maxville Fair board of directors made the decision official to nix the 2020 edition:
“With regret, we announce that the Maxville Fair for 2020 is cancelled.”
Maxville Fair board of directors
The announcement went on to say, “In this time of uncertainty, for the protection of our volunteers and for the protection of our community, the Board of Directors of the Maxville Fair wishes to advise the 2020 Maxville Fair is officially cancelled. This was not an easy decision and was made after much consideration, discussion, and anxiety.”
The board added, “We thank everyone for their support over the past years, and we look forward to planning the 2021 Maxville fair.”
With spring upon us and local sports fields drying up, the area’s football clubs would normally be running full steam ahead, preparing for their 2020 outdoor gridiron competitions.
However, as we all know, this is not a normal year.
Football, like all sports, remains in limbo due to the COVID-19 isolation requirements. The Cornwall Wildcats are doing their best to remain connected to players during this time, recently launching video workouts via the club’s Facebook page.
The 2020 outdoor season for the Glengarry Soccer League remains in limbo, though all are hoping it will be possible to play.
Officially, all in-person activities through to the end of May have been cancelled or postponed. Typically, GSL matches would begin in the latter stages of that month.
The action is in line with the GSL’s sanctioning body, Ontario Soccer. Here is the official announcement from the league:
Online registration for the 2020 outdoor season, without payment at this point, continues online via the Glengarry Soccer League’s website. As well, online training for officials or coaches is available.
As with all sports locally, lacrosse leagues are currently on hold, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Locally, this applies to the Cornwall Minor Lacrosse Association, which runs a spring house league program, as well as to the junior ‘C’ Cornwall Celtics and the junior ‘B’ Akwesasne Indians.
Typically regular-season play would begin around mid-April, and the hope is that the respective leagues will see 2020 action at some point, but that all remains paused for the time being.
Officially, all in-person activities are suspended through to April 5.
Owing to COVID-19 concerns and related closures, the Cornwall Speedway has announced that it will delay the revealing of its 2020 schedule until May 1, with the plan for summer racing to begin on May 17.
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.
On Monday, the Glengarry Soccer League announced the official end to the winter indoor season, cancelling remaining matches and playoffs, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The last action took place on March 12, with the season put on hiatus the next day.
With the end to 2019-20 play, Alexandria FC finishes atop the table in the senior men’s division, with 33 points. The Barflies check in second, five points back. McCrimmon ends third (22), followed by the Young Gunners (15), and Glen Sandfield (14).
In senior women’s play, Glen Nevis finished with a perfect record on 16 matches, for 48 points. Alexandria was second (33), followed by Glen Sandfield (20), Vankleek Hill (16), and Dalhart (1).
The U18 boys top team was Brazil (yellow), with 37 points. Rounding out the standings were Canada (red, 26), England (grey, 22), Netherlands (orange, 15), Spain (blue, 13), and Ireland (green, 10).
Canada (red) topped the U18 girls division, notching 31 points from 14 matches. Ireland (green) took second (21), followed by the Netherlands (orange, 13), and Spain (blue, 13).
England (grey) was first in the U13 coed division, taking 33 points. Italy (yellow, 28) followed. Rounding out the standings were the Netherlands (orange, 20), Canada (burgundy, 13), and Ireland (green, 7).
Canada (red), with 35 points, topped the U11 coed group. Following were England (grey, 29), Ireland (green, 16), USA (blue, 15), Spain (yellow, 14), the Netherlands (orange, 10).
Ontario Soccer, in consultation with Canada Soccer, continues to monitor the most recent developments with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the emerging public health crisis.
As the Glengarry Soccer League is registered and sanctioned under Ontario Soccer, we follow the guidelines put forth by Ontario Soccer, who speak with medical experts and comply with government mandates.
At this time, the end of the indoor season has officially been cancelled. We will continue with registration for the Outdoor 2020 season. A decision on how the outdoor season will be altered is not being made just yet. We will continue with registration and begin making teams as we normally do at the end of March / beginning of April. We understand this is a challenging time for many families. If you require financial assistance to register your children for soccer due to COVID-19, please reach out to us via e-mail.
Glengarry Soccer League notice
The league’s referee training plans continue. The entry-level course (age 14 and older), has moved to online certification, while the training of officials for small-sided matches remains on the calendar as scheduled, on Friday, May 1 (5 to 7:30 p.m.) OR Saturday, May 2 (10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
GSL statement: “We appreciate your patience while the GSL navigates this challenging time. We understand the uncertainty of everything can be overwhelming, but we are taking things one week at a time for now. The safety of our players, coaches, referees, volunteers, and spectators is important to us and we will continue to comply with the decisions set forth by Ontario Soccer and adjust our season as needed to keep our community safe.”
The Glengarry League also traditionally fields teams in the ERSL, the region’s competitive soccer league, under the banner Glengarry Hearts. Typically, the season begins in late May, with clubs holding tryouts and practices in the months preceding. At this point, everything is on hold.
Char-Lan Minor Soccer, which plays in Williamstown, is continuing with its registration and planning for the summer 2020 season. Updates can be found in their Facebook group. Registration information can be found here, on South Glengarry’s website.
The Seaway Valley Blazers teams, which compete in the ERSL, are also on hold, in line with direction from Ontario Soccer.