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Pipers senior hockey team skates in scrimmage, hoping for a 2020-21 season

The Alexandria-based Glengarry Pipers skated in an intra-squad scrimmage last Saturday in Alexandria, where Team White prevailed 5-3.

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Glengarry Pipers senior A hockey scrimmage action, November 7. (Pipers photo)

The Pipers are a first-year team in the region’s senior ‘A’ hockey league, the EOSHL. (The ‘S’ stands for Super, not Senior though.)

The team continues to train and prepare for a 2020-21 season, which, to date, has been on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under current health guidelines, teams are permitted to practise and hold non-contact scrimmages.

Last month, the Pipers held an inter-squad scrimmage with the Maxville Mustangs.

Off the ice, the business of hockey also continues, as the club signs players. Amongst the recent signees is Maxim Lalancette-Fortier, a 21-year-old goaltender from Saint-Constant, Quebec. Last season, he was a member of the Waterloo Maroons of the LHSR, suiting up for 7 games in which he recorded a 6.42 goals-against average.

The team also recently tipped its goalie mask to netminder Bryce Luker, who was recently recognized as one of three best goalies of all-time for the BCHL’s (junior ‘A’) Burnaby Express. The team has since moved to Coquitlam. You can read more about Luker’s honour here.

The Glengarry Pipers acknowledge past Luker’s success on the ice, which includes his win at the RBC Cup, the national championship of junior ‘A’ hockey clubs. In five games at the 2006 tournament, he posted a 2.29 goals-against average. In league play that season, he manned the hemp hut for 42 regular-season games (3.03 GAA) and 20 playoff matches (2.51 GAA).

Luker, now 35, hails from Rigaud, Quebec.

In other EOSHL news, the league previously announced that it has expanded to eight teams for the 2020-21 season.

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Pipers edge Mustangs in senior hockey scrimmage

The 2020-21 hockey season is shaping up to be anything but normal, as a limited number of local fans of the senior ‘A’ game got a chance recently to check out a competitive scrimmage between the Maxville Mustangs and the Glengarry Pipers, in Alexandria, with the latter coming out on top.

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Jason Leroux dons a Glengarry Pipers jersey. (NGSMHA photo)

The Pipers seemed to be playing the right tune in the October 24 contest, edging their North Glengarry rival 5-4.

Helping out the Alexandria-based squad which is a new entrant this season in the league was Jason Leroux, a coach of the NGS Braves U13 hockey team. He donned the goalie pads to serve as back up tendie.

The modified (non-contact due to COVID-19 restrictions) followed the Pipers training camp, which was held at the Glengarry Sports Palace back on October 10. The team’s coach and general manager, Jamie Lavigne, tells me that he had 35 guys on the ice for the workout, with the players skating in a three-period intra-squad contest which finished in a 4-4 tie. The equalizer came with 30 seconds remaining on the clock, notched by former Alexandria Glen Reggy St. Surin.

Lavigne admits, “It was different not having any contact or fighting, but it made for some good hockey.”

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The Glengarry Pipers held a training camp session on October 10 in Alexandria. (Pipers photo)

He tells me that the league is still is planning for a January 2021 season start date. The Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League recently added its eighth team, the Pontiac Comets, which will play out of Fort-Coulonge, Quebec.

Lavigne says the hope is now that it will be a 14-game season with each team playing each other twice.

For more Pipers news, check out this previous post. The team’s captain this season has been announced as Miguel Poissant.

In addition to the Alexandria squad and the Comets, the new clubs entering the EOSHL this season are the Frontenac Phantoms (from Godfrey) and the Smiths Falls Rideaus. The Cornwall Prowlers won the inaugural playoff championship last year, while the West Carleton Rivermen were tops in the regular season and playoff runners-up. The Deseronto Bulldogs are also set to return for a second go-round, as is the Maxville entry, which has been renamed the Mustangs after playing last season, under different ownership, as the Millionaires.

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Senior A hockey exhibition game set for Saturday in Alexandria

That Maxville Mustangs and the Glengarry Pipers of the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League (senior ‘A’ men’s) will play an exhibition scrimmage on Saturday, October 24, in Alexandria.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic health and safety requirements, tickets must be purchased in advance, and the number of spectators permitted will be limited to 50. No ticket sales will take place at the door. The wearing of a face mask is mandatory.

For ticket purchase, you can reach out to Bubba Wensink by telephoner at 613-330-0474 or by e-mail at drew_bubba33@hotmail.com

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Maxville Mustangs graphic

The teams are scheduled to warm up at 8 p.m., followed by the opening puck drop at 8:30 p.m.

The non-contact game at the Glengarry Sports Palace will be the first action of the season for both club, as regular play remains on hold.

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EOSHL expands to eight teams for upcoming season

Should a 2020-21 senior ‘A’ hockey season take place in our region, the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League will have eight teams on the ice, up from four in its inaugural go-round last winter.

The newest club added, announced this week, is the Pontiac Comets, which will play out of Fort-Coulonge, Quebec. The team is owned by Danick Boisvert and Sebastien Bonnerot.

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Eight teams now comprise the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League – senior ‘A’

The Comets organization previously skated in the Quebec-based senior ‘A’ hockey league of which the Cornwall Prowlers were also a member before the creation in 2019 of the EOSHL.

League president Mitch Gagne describes the ownership duo as “two great leaders at the top of an established organization.”

In its first season of play, the EOSHL featured the Prowlers (winners of the championship), the Deseronto Bulldogs, the Maxville Millionaires, and the West Carleton Rivermen (regular-season champs and playoff runners-up).

The Millionaires were taken over by the league at the conclusion of the season, with new ownership subsequently found, as the Maxville team was renamed the Mustangs.

During the early stretch of the off-season, the league announced new entrants: the Glengarry Pipers (out of Alexandria), the Frontenac Phantoms (from Godfrey), and the Smiths Falls Rideaus.

Regarding play for a 2020-21 season, the league announcement says, “EOSHL owners have met a couple of times via video calls over the last month and are keeping optimistic about a shortened season to be played in the near future.”

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Senior A Prowlers lure Cloutier from LNAH

Last month, the Cornwall Prowlers of the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League convinced Chris Cloutier to sign with the senior ‘A’ club.

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Prowlers graphic showcasing Chris Cloutier

Coach and general manager Mitch Gagne says on the addition of the 37-year-old defenceman, the Prowlers “lacked some grit and physical play last season and needed to fill that gap.”

The veteran blueliner has been playing in Quebec’s semi-professional league, the LNAH, with the Pétroliers du Nord. Last winter, he suited up for 23 games, amassing 144 penalty minutes and zero points.

“After a long chat with Chris about needing him to play hockey more than the shenanigans as he can play the game not just the tough guy role, he committed [to Cornwall’s senior ‘A’ team] due to the uncertainty of the LNAH this season,” explains Gagne.

As a semi-pro league, the LNAH relies on strong spectator attendance numbers for revenue to play salaries.

Meanwhile, the EOSHL, an amateur league, does, of course, have expenses too, and will need some fans in the stands in order to operate this winter. As of now, it is a waiting game on that, with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing.

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Maxville Mustangs golf tournament supports NG firefighters

On September 12, the Maxville Mustangs of the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League (senior ‘A’) held a golf tournament, with a portion of the proceeds going to support the North Glengarry Fire Department, Station 3 in Maxville.

From the tourney, the team was able to donate $600 to the fire station.

Representatives of the Mustangs visited the station on September 21 to present the donation cheque.

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Members of North Glengarry’s fire department with representatives from the Maxville Mustangs. (Mustangs photo)

Roster news

On the player signing front, the Stangs recently inked a pair of impact skaters.

Philippe Pelletier Leblanc, a 23-year-old left-winger from Gatineau, played his junior hockey in la belle province, skating in the QMJHL and QJAAAHL. Afterwards, he was a member of teams in France and CIS (Canadian university, now U-Sports). Last season, he was with the Maniwaki Forestiers of the LHSAO. He’s billed as a”very fast and skilful forward” with a fine “scoring touch.”

Dominik Blain-Dupuis also last skated for the Maniwaki Forestiers. His hockey career includes stints in Quebec major junior and ‘AAA’ junior. He’s tagged as a “quick player with a good vision” who brings “a winning attitude” and “some toughness.”

The Mustangs compete in the EOSHL, which is looking to begin its second season soon. Nearby rivals includes the Glengarry Pipers (Alexandria) and the Cornwall Prowlers.

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Maxville’s senior hockey league team announces signings, golf tourney

It may be to off-season for hockey, but there is plenty teams must do off the ice to get ready for a new campaign. Case in point is the Maxville Mustangs of the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League (senior ‘A’) which has been signing players and preparing for its find-raising golf tournament.

On the signing front, the team recently announced the inking of Philippe Pelletier Leblanc and Dominik Blain Dupuis.

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Maxville Mustangs graphic

Pelletier Leblanc, a forward, hails from Gatineau. Last season, he skated with the Maniwaki Forestiers of the LHSAO, notching 39 points in 21 games. He’s noted as a “fast and skilful forward.” The 23-year-old’s hockey career includes stints in the QMJHL, U-Sports, and even overseas in France.

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Maxville Mustangs graphic

Another forward, Blain Dupuis also calls Gatineau home and was a member of the Forestiers for the 2019-20 campaign. His point total last year was 31 in 21 games played. Prior to his time in the LHSAO, the 22-year-old skated in the QMJHL (Halifax and Gatineau) and the QJAAAHL (Gatineau). He’s billed as “a quick player with a good vision.”

Golf tournament September 12 to support the fire department

On September 12, the Maxville Mustangs will hold a charity golf tournament, with half of the proceeds from the event going to the North Glengarry Fire Department – Station 3.

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Glengarry Pipers continue preparation for inaugural senior A hockey season

The Alexandria-based Glengarry Pipers haven’t let the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic stop preparations for an inaugural campaign in the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League (senior ‘A’), with player signings and on-ice workout sessions continuing through the summer, as the club looks forward to camp in September and competition to begin in October.

Today, the team announced a trade with Cornwall’s club, the Prowlers.

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The Glengarry Pipers acquired forward Kenny Neil from the Cornwall Prowlers in exchange for defenceman Layne Riley and a third-round pick in the 2021 EOSHL draft. (submitted photos)

Amongst other recent news, the team signed 6 ft. 4 in. forward Michael Zollo. The 34-year-old from LaSalle, Quebec, spent last season in la belle province’s senior league, the LHSAAAQ.

Last month, the Pipers, led by general manager Jamie Lavigne, signed Marc-Antoine Pilon, who is billed as a “smooth-skating defenceman who sees the ice well and can put up decent numbers.” Pilon is 28 and played last season with the Waterloo Maroons, which compete in a Montreal-area senior league.

Other earlier signings included forward Kalem Sigsworth, goaltender Brandon Billie, forward Luca Ciale (who formerly played for the junior ‘B’ Alexandria Glens), goaltender Alain Ravary (who last season backstopped the Maxville Millionaires), local forward Connor MacLeod, centreman Bruce Best (who local hockey followers may recall from his time with the Glens, Rebels, and Hawks), and Miguel Poissant (who is pegged as the team’s captain).

The team has also announced a number of familiar local names who are slated to be part of the Pipers for the 2020-21 season. Among them are Brad Gabbour, Kole Beaton, Liam Vipond, Austin Ladouceur, Erik Just, and Ryan Allen. Others on the roster include Ethan Scott, Neil Chabot, Mario Duquette, Julien Machabee, and Will Simpson.

The Prowlers’ first official act as a team was participation in the league’s expansion draft, which I wrote about in this post.

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2020 draft announcement by the Glengarry Pipers of the EOSHL.

That was followed by the EOSHL draft, where the Pipers picked Miguel Poissant, Jakob Brunette, and Kevin Howson.

In addition to the Glengarry Pipers, the region’s senior ‘A’ hockey league also features the Maxville Mustangs (formerly the Millionaires), the defending-champion Cornwall Prowlers, the West Carleton Rivermen (last season’s top regular-season team), the Deseronto Bulldogs, the Frontenac Phantoms (another new entrant), and the Smiths Falls Rideaus (also new for the 2020-21 season).

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Off-ice season continues for EOSHL clubs

It may be the off-season, but the business of hockey continues for the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League, albeit a little differently than in a normal year where we aren’t contending with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The league earlier this month held its expansion draft for three new entrants: the Glengarry Pipers (Alexandria), the Frontenac Phantoms, and the Smiths Falls Rideaus.

That was followed up by the EOSHL 2020 draft involving all seven clubs.

And then the teams got busy with trades and player signings. And it isn’t even June yet!

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The 2020 EOSHL Draft

The list below shows the team picking (in order) and the player selected, along with his last team, position, and hometown.

Round 1 Selections

  1. SMITHS FALLS RIDEAUS: Eric Witzel (Southern Professional Hockey League Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs, forward, Ottawa)
  2. GLENGARRY PIPERS from Maxville: Julien Demers (U-Sports University of Ottawa, defence, Ottawa)
  3. FRONTENAC PHANTOMS: Cameron Brown (NCJHL North Dundas Rockets, defence, Brockville)
  4. MAXVILLE MUSTANGS: Brian Lovell (LHSAAAQ Bisons de Granby, defence, Chateauguay)
  5. DESERONTO BULLDOGS from Maxville: Joel Hunt (NCJHL North Dundas Rockets, forward, Embrun)
  6. CORNWALL PROWLERS: Jody Sullivan (NCAA Oswego Lakers, forward, Cardinal)
  7. WEST CARLETON RIVERMEN from Cornwall: Jared Fenlong (NCJHL South Grenville Rangers, defence, Brockville)

Round 2 Selections

  1. SMITHS FALLS RIDEAUS: Carmine Guerriero (Brest in France 2 league, goaltender, Longueuil)
  2. GLENGARRY PIPERS: Miguel Poissant (LHSR Waterloo Maroons, forward, Montreal)
  3. FRONTENAC PHANTOMS: Michael Anson (CCHL2 Westport Rideaus, forward, Westport)
  4. MAXVILLE MUSTANGS: Max Choquette (CCHL2 Casselman Vikings, forward, St. Isidore)
  5. DESERONTO BULLDOGS: Brody Morris (U-Sports Nipissing University, defence, Corbyville)
  6. CORNWALL PROWLERS: Marc-Antoine Desnoyers (LHSR St. Gabriel Loups, defence, St. Jerome)
  7. WEST CARLETON RIVERMEN from Maxville: Tristan Whynot (CCHL2 Embrun Panthers, defence, Russell)

Round 3 Selections

  1. SMITHS FALLS RIDEAUS from Cornwall: Logan Lefebvre (NCJHL Clarence Creek Castors, defence, Ottawa)
  2. GLENGARRY PIPERS: Jakob Brunette (NCJHL St. Isidore Aigles, forward, Valleyfield)
  3. FRONTENAC PHANTOMS from Deseronto: Cody Smith (PJCHL Amherstview Jets, forward, Kingston)
  4. MAXVILLE MUSTANGS: Jimmy Paradis (LHSAAAQ Windsor Wild, forward, St. Jerome)
  5. DESERONTO BULLDOGS: Brodie Maracle (PJCHL Napanee Raiders, forward, Deseronto)
  6. CORNWALL PROWLERS from Maxville: Warren Steele (U-Sports Queens University, defence, Williamsburg)
  7. WEST CARLETON RIVERMEN from Maxville: Rod Archer (WOAA Elora Rocks, defence, Apple Hill)

Round 4 Selections

  1. SMITHS FALLS RIDEAUS from WEST CARLETON: Alex Beaudry (NCAA Providence College, goaltender, Cumberland)
  2. GLENGARRY PIPERS: Kevin Howson (NCJHL St. Isidore Eagles, forward, St. Lazare)
  3. FRONTENAC PHANTOMS: Jason Lesage (ACHL Norwood Vipers, goaltender, Belleville)
  4. MAXVILLE MUSTANGS: Cedric Harvey (LHSR Saint-Roch-de-l’Achigan Houston, forward, Repetigny)
  5. DESERONTO BULLDOGS Liam Hunter (NCAA Utica College, defence, Norwood)
  6. CORNWALL PROWLERS from Smiths Falls: Michael McKenney (CCHL Smith Falls Bears, forward, Smith Falls)
  7. WEST CARLETON RIVERMEN: Brandon Cole (Kanata Blazers, defence, Kanata)
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Pipers picks: Alexandria-based senior A hockey team takes four in expansion draft

Last evening, the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League (senior ‘A’) held an expansion draft for the three new teams to begin play this fall. Among them is the Glengarry Pipers, based at Alexandria’s Glengarry Sports Palace.

With the second overall selection, the Pipers picked Neil Chabot, who last season was a member of the EOSHL-championship-winning Cornwall Prowlers.

Glengarry’s second selection saw Brandon Billie added to the fold. He was with the West Carleton Rivermen for the 2019-20 season, where his now-former team was the playoff runner-up.

Mark Pearl, formerly with the Maxville team, was the Pipers’ third-round selection, and Maxime Bonin, from the Prowlers, was Glengarry’s fourth man added to the roster.

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Glengarry Pipers graphic

Frontenac Phantoms picks were Matt Wilson, Ryan Carisse, Blade Grigg, and Hayden Ford.

Chosen by the Smiths Falls Rideaus were Greg Harding, Thank you Power, and Joey Driscoll.

The main EOSHL draft is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, and will involve all seven franchises.

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