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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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Junior B Glens open doors for Friday night team scrimmage (limited attendance)

Attendance will be limited, as the Alexandria Glens of the EOJHL host a Friday night team scrimmage, a Yellow and White intra-squad contest.

Online ticket sales to the Friday, October 23 action, are available here, limited to 50 in total due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

The doors will open at 7:45 p.m. for those with a ticket, and the puck is set for an 8:05 p.m. first drop. Face mask wearing and other health and safety rules apply.

The action is part of the team’s ongoing fall training and development, with league game action remaining on hiatus for the foreseeable future.

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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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Glens notebook: leadership group, player signings

In the days leading up to last night’s first exhibition scrimmage of the fall, the Alexandria Glens announced the team’s player leadership group for the 2020-21 junior ‘B’ hockey season.

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The leadership group this season for the Glens is, from left, Kyle Green, Nico Pozzebon, captain Braden Legue, and Nicolas Ouellette. (Glens photo)

Braden Legue, who hails from Green Valley, will serve as the team’s 2020-21 season captain. The 19-year-old defenceman last season notched 15 points in 41 games.

Assistant captains will be Kyle Green, Nico Pozzebon, and Nicolas Ouellette. Green, an 18-year-old forward from Clarence, was with the Winchester Hawks last season (14 points in 44 games). Pozzebon is 17 and calls Bourget home. With the Glens last year, he scored at greater than a point-a-game pace (45 pts, 41 GP). Rockland 18-year-old Ouellette is a blueliner entering his second season with the Glens. Last season he recorded 16 points in 44 games.

In other player news, Alexandria recently announced a pair of new player signings. Forward Yan Bessette, age 17, skated for the Clarence-Rockland Crush last season, though he was also called up to the Glens for one contest. Defenceman Jacob Massie, from Lachute, was with Le Sommet Faucon through the 2019-20 campaign, and the 18-year-old has committed to the Glens this year.

Bench help

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Ryan Hand as a player and coach. (provided photo collage)

Head coach Carl Robillard added some help behind the bench, Ryan Hand, owner of HandMade Hockey, joined the club in the capacity of assistant, bringing a “wealth of knowledge and experience” to the Glens.

The 35-year-old from Ottawa last played competitive hockey in the 2016-17 season, when he suited up for the LNAH Sorel-Tracy Éperviers. It marked his third, and final, campaign in Quebec’s semi-pro league. As a junior, he spent four season in the QMJHL. He went on to play for a number of minor professional teams in the USA before returning to la belle province to wrap up his playing career.

For the last two season, Hand served as an assistant coach with the Hawkesbury Hawks of the CCHL.

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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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Tighter COVID-19 rules to impact sports in Ottawa, Toronto

The so-called hot spots for COVID-19 cases – Ottawa, Toronto, and Peel Region – have seen a number of new restrictions imposed by the provincial government. The new rules affect many aspects of society, including sports, which now will be prohibited from any scrimmages, limited only to training with physical distancing.

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From the Ford government announcement… “In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Public Health Measures Table, and local medical officers of health and other health experts, the Ontario government is introducing additional targeted public health measures in the Ottawa, Peel, and Toronto public health unit regions. These modified Stage 2 restrictions will be for a minimum of 28 days and reviewed on an ongoing basis.”

The new rules, for these regions, will take effect on Saturday, October 10, at 12:01 a.m.

In terms of sports, the rules state, “Limiting team sports to training sessions (no games or scrimmages).”

These three regions will also see social gathering numbers reduced to 10 indoors and 25 outdoors, along with the closure of bars/restaurants for indoor service, gyms and fitness centres, gaming establishments, cinemas, performing arts centres, spectator areas at racing facilities, and more.

For the full details, please see the government press release here.

These new measures do not, at this time, apply to our region, remains in the government’s Stage 3 plan.

Earlier this week, MPP Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s minister of heritage, sport, tourism, and culture industries, was quoted in a CBC News story about the provincial government’s plans for hockey, specifically the top junior league, the OHL. In the piece, MacLeod was quoted as stating that the OHL will have to “remove physical contact, including bodychecking, if it’s to have a 2020-21 season.”

According to MacLeod, as quoted in the story, the OHL is not interested in playing under a bubble format as the NHL did for its 2020 playoffs. The OHL had already delayed the new season, tentatively aiming for a December 1 start (unlike Quebec’s major junior hockey league which began regular play this month and has experienced COVID-19 positive cases).

The CBC News story about MacLeod and the OHL further indicated that the provincial government would require the OHL and all sports organizations in Ontario to remove close physical contact amongst players. Also complicating issues for the league is the fact two teams are located in current COVID-19 hot spots, while three other clubs play out of USA cities.

Regarding local junior hockey leagues, the EOJHL (junior ‘B’) has begin team-versus-team scrimmages without body contact, as has the CCHL (junior ‘A’), following the Hockey Eastern Ontario return-to-play policy and its high-performance league guidelines.

The so-called HEO Stage 3(a) allows “our players an opportunity to safely continue their development by participating in modified-for-COVID non-contact game play.” In addition to the CCHL and EOJHL, this applies to the HEO U18 ‘AAA’ and HEO Minor ‘AAA’ leagues.

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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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Alexandria Glens hold training camp in Hawkesbury

The Alexandria Glens held their 2020-21 training camp in Hawkesbury over the weekend, as head coach Carl Robillard put his signees and prospects through their paces.

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Skaters on the ice at the Alexandria Glens training camp. (photo courtesy of Alexandria Glens)

General manger Derick Viau tells me there was a solid turnout of 52 hockey players at the September 18-20 camp, held at the Robert Hartley Sports Complex.

Following the conclusion of the sessions, Robillard took to Twitter, posting, “Well, that concludes our 2020-2021 training camp. What an incredible turn out and battles at every positions. Very hard decisions made with more to come. Glens Fans … get ready to cheer on a very fast and talented hockey team. Cannot wait to get this started.”

This season marks Robillard’s first as the Glens bench boss. He is also head coach of the Eastern Ontario Wild ‘AAA’ U15 (formerly called major bantam) team.

For more on Alexandria’s junior ‘B’ team, see this previous post. I also have a story about the Wild here.

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Junior B Rebels announce player signings as training camp gets going

The Char-Lan Rebels of the EOJHL opened training camp recently in Finch, with ice unavailable at the team’s home rink in Williamstown. Meanwhile, off the ice, the club was busy signing players for the upcoming (hopefully) season.

A local teen, Andrew Dixon, has committed to the Rebs for the 2020-21 campaign. The 18-year-old forward is a product of the Seaway Valley Rapids ‘AA’ program and was a strong contributor to the squad at Char-Lan High School.

Another signing was Brant Woodside. The 20-year-old has been attending the University of Ottawa the past two years, following stints with the CCHL Cornwall Colts and the U18 Colts. During the 2016-17 season, he captured the HEO championship with his Colts squad.

Woodside was drafted into the CCHL in 2015, 32nd overall by Cumberland Grads.

Char-Lan dropped the puck on its 2020-21 training camp on September 10 in Finch before moving on to sessions in Cornwall. The team is scheduled to hit the ice in Williamstown this week. For more, see this previous Rebels story.

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