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What impact will major staffing changes with the Buffalo Sabres have on Remi Elie?

Glengarry County’s Remi Elie has been a professional hockey player at the NHL and AHL levels for the past five seasons, the last two of which have been spent in the Buffalo Sabres organization, primarily as a member of the AHL-affiliated Rochester Americans.

The truncated 2019-20 campaign saw the 25-year-old left winger play exclusively with the Amerks, suiting up for 34 games, and recording 13 points and 10 penalty minutes.

Last summer, he was signed to a one-year, two-way contract for the NHL league minimum. He attended the Sabres training camp. At the start of the season, the Green Valley resident was put on waivers, clearing them and then assigned to Rochester. Injury hampered his availability during the fall. However, when he returned to the ice, Elie made an immediate impact for the Sabres.

The team’s (and his) season came to an end in March, when the AHL season was paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this summer, the remaining games and playoffs were cancelled.

While the Amerks were poised for an extended run in the post-season, standing second in the North Division at the season stoppage, the Sabres were a disappointment, finishing 25th of 31 teams in the NHL. Buffalo recently learned that the club would be one of seven that would not have a berth in the upcoming (expected?) NHL playoffs.

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The Buffalo Sabres’ AHL affiliate Rochester Americans post on Twitter about major staffing changes for the NHL club.

On June 16, the Buffalo Sabres “announced the team has relieved Jason Botterill of his duties as general manager. Senior Vice-president of business administration Kevyn Adams has been named general manager” to replace Botterill.

From the announcement, attributed to owners Terry and Kim Pegula: “This decision was made after many candid discussions with Jason during a full review of our hockey operation. We recognized we have philosophical differences regarding how best to put ourselves in a position to compete for a Stanley Cup. So, we decided to make this change.”

On the naming of Adams to the post, the owners add that the staff will take the appropriate time to “reconfigure our hockey operations. We have the benefit of this long 2020 pause to take time to reorganize and re-energize our hockey department. We recognize the importance of this offseason with so many player decisions to be made.”

Ralph Krueger has been named to the post of head coach, with the organization’s entire coaching group of last season having been dismissed.

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AHL season, playoffs officially cancelled

As has been expected for several weeks, today’s announcement made it official: the 2019-20 American Hockey League season is over, and there will be no playoffs this year.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the league shutdown back in March, and as the weeks wore on, various leagues across North America and around the world made the decision to forego any further play this season. The American Hockey League was, until today, one of just two leagues officially with their season on pause. The other is the National Hockey League featuring the continent’s top professional teams.

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Statement from the AHL

In terms of local impact, this affects Remi Elie, who calls Green Valley home. The 25-year-old returned to the region from Rochester, N.Y., a few days following the initial announcement of a season pause.

He’s a member of the Americans, which followed suit today with this statement.

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Rochester Americans notice to fans and supporters

Read more about Elie’s season in my earlier story here.

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Is the cancellation of the 2019-20 AHL season inevitable?

On April 27, TSN reported a story from the Associated Press indicating that the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019-20 American Hockey League season is likely.

Play was stopped On March 12, when the professional hockey association that serves as a feeder system to the NHL announced, “With the health and safety of our players, officials, staff, and fans of primary importance, the American Hockey League has announced the suspension of play until further notice, effective immediately, due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. The AHL will continue to monitor developments and will provide updates on the 2019-20 season at the appropriate time.”

Initially, players were sent to their home team cities, if they weren’t already there. This included Green Valley’s Remi Elie, who plays for the Rochester Americans, farm club of the NHL Buffalo Sabres.

By March 16, the league’s advice to teams had changed, as players were encouraged to leave their teams, returning to their hometown. Clubs were asked to “facilitate the return of AHL players to their primary residences.”

The expectation at the time was that play would resume at some point, but no sooner than May.

At the stoppage, the Americans sat in second place of the North Division, 75 points on 62 games, with 14 regular-season games remaining.

The 25-year-old Elie recorded 13 points and 10 penalty minutes in 34 matches this season with the Rochester team.

According to the recent news story, it’s “quite likely the American Hockey League will cancel the remainder of its season because of the new coronavirus pandemic, though officially the AHL has stated no announcement is imminent. It is understood that the league has already moved on to planning for the 2020-21 campaign.

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Following the March stoppage of sports across North America, one league after the other announced cancellations of remaining action. At this point, the only leagues currently on pause are the AHL and NHL.

One summer league, the province’s junior ‘C’ lacrosse loop, has already pulled the plug on its 2020 campaign without having played a game.

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Busy late February schedule for Rebels, Glens

With 10 days of play remaining in the CCHL2 regular season, the Char-Lan Rebels remain in a playoff position, currently holding down sixth spot in the Martin Division with a six-point advantage over the Richmond Royals.

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CCHL2 standings heading into action on February 21.

The Rebs, along with their northern cousins the Alexandria Glens, have been busy on the ice of late, largely due to make-up games squeezed into the schedule.

Char-Lan enters the second last weekend of the season having played three games in four nights, capped off by Tuesday’s home-ice win over the Glens, 3-2 in overtime.

Alexandre Elie potted the game-winner 1:43 into the extra session, set up by Isaac Testani and Noah Konink. The victory marked the third this season for the Rebels over the Glens in three tries. The teams are scheduled to play once more, on Saturday night in Williamstown.

Alexandre Elie
Alexandre Elie

Elie, who formerly played in Alexandria, opened the scoring for Char-Lan in the February 18 contest, assisted by Joseph Samson and Rylan Iwachniuk, with 29 seconds remaining in the first frame.

The Glens drew even and then took the lead, as Jacob Lefebvre and Nico Pozzebon tallied goals in the second stanza. Pozzebon assisted the former along with Zachary Power, who had the lone helper on the go-ahead marker.

At the 15:43 mark, Iwachniuk potted the equalizer, making it a 2-2 game. Assisting were Owen Carter and Liam MacDonald.

There was no scoring in the third period.

Char-Lan goaltender Summy Mughal was named first star, credited with 41 saves. Elie took second-star honours, with Alexandria’s Graham Robertson named third star.

The Glens and Rebels will next collide at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre in Williamstown, on Saturday, February 22, starting at 8 p.m. The contest will be preceded by an exhibition of high school hockey, with teams from Char-Lan DHS and Holy Trinity CSS playing. The girls are set for a 5 p.m. start, with the boys on the ice at 6 p.m. See this post for more details.

Char-Lan’s other action last weekend saw the team lose 5-3 on home ice versus the Ottawa West Golden Knights and win 7-4 on the road against the Richmond Royals.

In the defeat to the Knights, Rebels affiliated player Nolan MacMillan scored his first career CCHL2 goal.

Next weekend, Char-Lan will conclude regular-season play with back-to-back contests against the Winchester Hawks, Friday on the road and Saturday (February 28) in Williamstown.

The Alexandria Glens enter this weekend coming off playing five games in six nights, which ended with the aforementioned OT loss to the Rebels on Tuesday.

The team’s hectic stretch began February 13 on the road, where the Glens fell 7-5 to Ottawa West. The next night, in Alexandria, the Casselman Vikings prevailed 6-4. Last Saturday saw the boys win 7-5 in Athens, and on Sunday they were defeated 6-4 in Embrun.

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In a highlight of the results for the Glens, Alexandria’s Zachary Power was named the league’s first star for the week ending February 16. His effort included 11 points and his first career four-point game (versus Embrun). The Rockland native, who joined the team in December, has 12 goals and 12 assists, in 17 games.

The Glens have known for a while that they will be missing out on the CCHL2 playoffs this year, holding down the basement position.

Tonight, February 21, the team is booked to play in Winchester, and tomorrow in Williamstown. The Glens will conclude the 2019-20 campaign on home ice at the Glengarry Sports Palace, on Tuesday, February 25, hosting the Athens Aeros at 8:30 p.m.

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Remi Elie scores, helps Rochester to AHL win over Utica

Green Valley’s Remi Elie potted his sixth goal of the AHL season in February 16 hockey action, helping his Rochester Americans, farm club of the NHL Buffalo Sabres, to a 3-2 victory over the Utica Comets.

The Americans sit second in the North Division, with a record 29-17-2-4, seven points behind the division-leading Belleville Senators.

The 25-year-old Elie has played in 24 of Rochester’s 52 games so far this season. He has 11 points and is a -3.

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Three-game stretch for Rebs starts Saturday

Char-Lan’s junior ‘B’ Rebels will skate on home ice Saturday night, hosting the Martin Division-leading Ottawa West Golden Knights (32-6-1-1) at 8 p.m.

Alexandre Elie
Alexandre Elie

The action begins three games in four nights, as the team will play on the road Monday night against the Richmond Royals (14-19-3-1) and then back on home ice Tuesday night (at 8:15 p.m.) versus the Alexandria Glens (7-27-2-1).

It was an early start to this week for the team, with the boys playing Tuesday night against the Ottawa Jr. Canadians, who prevailed 10-3.

Alexandre Elie was named the game’s third star, after recording a goal and an assist.

Noah Konink and Joseph Samson notched the other Char-Lan tallies. Assists went to Paul Waldhauser, Liam MacDonald, Rylan Iwachniuk, and Hunter MacPherson.

Summy Mughal and Ceili Picard shared the goaltending duties, combining for 18 saves.

The Rebels currently have a record of 16-19-1-2 and hold sixth spot in the division, three points ahead of the Royals.

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Elie scores in Amerks defeat, amid team’s losing skid

The AHL Rochester Americans have hit a bit of a rough patch, mired in a seven-game losing skid, though the team has picked up two points over that stretch as two of the defeats came in shootouts.

Remi Elie potted the lone goal for the Amerks on January 19, when the squad fell 4-1 to the Hershey Bears. The defeat capped off back-to-back-to-back weekend losses, following a 4-0 shutout by the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and a 4-3 shootout loss to the Cleveland Monsters.

On the season, Elie has 8 points in 17 games and is a +1 ranking. The Amerks, owing to their recent results, have slipped in the standings, now sitting third in the North Division, with a record of 21-13-2-4, six points behind the division-leading Belleville Senators, albeit with games in hand.

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Remi Elie, who hails from Green Valley, skates for the AHL Rochester Americans, seen here in action against the Hershey Bears. (Amerks photo)
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Remi Elie returns to the ice, scores OT winner

Remi Elie, who hails from Green Valley, scored the overtime winner for the AHL Rochester Americans in January 3 action versus the Belleville Senators.

His marker came 61 seconds into the extra session.

The 24-year-old Elie has seen limited action this season due to injury. He had been sidelined since a November 2 game that saw the forward notch a pair of assists. Elie, who was a 2013 second-round draft selection of the NHL by the Dallas Stars, returned to the Americans roster on December 31. His second game back was the aforementioned contest with the Senators, which finished as a 4-3 OT victory. Elie had five shots on goal.

He also played against the Toronto Marlies on January 4, putting up two shots.

On the season, Elie has 7 points in 11 games.

He’s been part of the Buffalo Sabres organization for the past two seasons. The Americans are Buffalo’s AHL affiliate.

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Parsons prevails in hemp hut debut for junior B Rebels

The Char-Lan Rebels nabbed a home-ice victory last Saturday night, backstopped by affiliated goaltender Jackson Parsons, who made his CCHL2 debut in the November 16 contest that saw the Rebs prevail 3-1 over the Arnprior Packers.

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Jackson Parsons

Parsons, whose regular team is the U18 Cornwall Colts, made 23 saves. The Limoges native who checks in at 6 ft., 185 lb. will celebrate his 15th, yes 15th (!), birthday on November 23. With the U18 Colts, he has an 8-5 record, along with a 2.04 goals-against average and 0.935 save percentage.

As for the Char-Lan offence, Alexandre Elie had a goal and assist to lead the way.

Isaac Testani and Noah Konink were the other marksmen. Adding helpers were Owen Carter, Rylan Iwachniuk, Kale MacCormick, and Joseph Samson.

The win last week was sandwiched between two road losses, as Char-Lan dropped a 6-4 decision to Ottawa West and another, by the same score, to Athens on November 17.

The boys are scheduled to be back in action tonight, November 22 in Perth, and again Saturday, November 23 on home ice at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre in Williamstown, hosting the Athens Aeros at 8 p.m.

The Rebels enter play tonight with a record of 7 wins, 8 regulation losses, and 2 overtime/shootout losses.

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Injury has Remi Elie sidelined from AHL action

Green Valley’s Remi Elie, in his second season with the AHL Rochester Americans, farm club of the Buffalo Sabres, is currently sidelined with a lower-body injury labelled as day-to-day.

The 24-year-old forward has seen action in eight games this season, notching 2 goals and 4 assists. He last played on November 2, when he put up a pair of helpers against the Utica Comets, in a 6-0 victory.

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