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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
The Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League (senior ‘A’) expansion draft is scheduled for tonight, May 5, beginning at 8 p.m. It will be conducted remotely, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Three new teams – the Glengarry Pipers (Alexandria), the Frontenac Phantoms (Godfrey), and the Smiths Falls Rideaus – are joining the EOSHL for the league’s second season, set to take to the ice this fall.
The expansion draft will have four rounds, with the clubs selecting in the following order: Frontenac, Glengarry, and Smith Falls.
The four original franchises previously each announced their respective 25-man protected lists, leaving five players from each team exposed and available in tonight’s draft.
For background on the Maxville Mustangs, please see this previous post, which includes the team’s list of protected and unprotected players.
To read about the Alexandria-based Glengarry Pipers, please see this story.
The EOSHL is committed to a seven-team schedule for the 2020-21 season, though there is a possibility of one more new franchise joining the fold before play begins. Should that happen, there will be no additional expansion draft; rather, the team will take to the ice with players it signs directly.
The main draft for 2020, involving all seven clubs, is booked for Saturday, May 9, starting at 1 p.m. There will be four rounds, with teams picking in the following order:
The defending-champion Prowlers have been busy of late re-signing players. Among those inked to date are Tristan Perrault-Gagnon, Storm Adams, James Kirkwood, Jesse Fontaine, Dylan Stacey, Devon Burns, Frederick Roy (EOSHL regular-season leader for wins, goals-against average, and save percentage; voted league’s best goaltender for the 2019-20 season), and Marc-Andre Labelle.
Cornwall has scheduled its prospects camp for July 25, at the multi-sport complex, with participants guaranteed two scrimmages and lunch. Pre-registration via e-mail at email@example.com is required.
Prowlers general manager and head coach Mitch Gagne has hired Wayne Disotell as assistant coach, replacing Jamie Lavigne who is now part of the new Glengarry Pipers franchise. Disotell has been involved in senior ‘A’ hockey for the past two seasons. He was with the Prowlers in 2018-19 in the LHSAO and with the Maxville Millionaires last year.
Award-winners from the 2019-20 season:
Brian Landry and Jacob Dawson: co-winners of hardest worker honours
James Kirkwood: top defenceman
Devon Burns and Frederick Roy: co-winners of most dedicated award
Storm Adams: sportsmanlike award
Marc-Andre Labelle: top forward
Marc-Andre Labelle and Frederick Roy: co-winners Prowlers regular-season MVP
Marc-Andre Labelle and Frederick Roy: co-winners Prowlers playoffs MVP
The Maxville Mustangs senior ‘A’ hockey team recently revealed what the players will be wearing, come the 2020-21 EOSHL season.
The black-and-red clad Mustangs are a re-brand of last year’s Maxville Millionaires, which played in the inaugural season of the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League. At the conclusion of the campaign, it was announced that the Millionaires would cease operation due to an unpaid league bill, before new owners stepped in to save senior ‘A’ hockey in the village.
In other team news, the Mustangs announced their first signing, inking equipment manager Rick Emond.
As the league looks to expansion, the club chose its 25 protected players. They are Pierre-Luc Sabourin, Chris Newhook, Michael Dobson, Tristen Elie, Jacob Swamp, Connor MacLeod, Tye Terrance, Ryan Allen, Bryce Luker, Bradley Gabbour, Pat Gilmour, Dan Allaire, Leo MacLean, Matt Thompson, Braedan Pearl, David Bennett, Vincent Crockette, Miguel D’Aoust, Calvin Vojtaszak, Alain Ravary, Maxime Boucher, Adam Wensink, Chris Rutley, Brad Quaile, and Ryan Botchar.
Exposed for the upcoming expansion draft are five Mustangs: Joey Driscoll, Ryan Carisse, Mark Pearl, Curtis Chenette, and Brock Crossthwaite.
Heading into the second season of the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League, we now know that the region’s senior ‘A’ hockey loop will feature two new franchises, one of them based in Alexandria.
The Glengarry Pipers, as the club will be known, are owned by Ryan McLeod. Jamie Lavigne will serve as general manager and coach. Last season, he was an assistant coach with the championship-winning Cornwall Prowlers.
The Pipers will play out of the Glengarry Sports Palace (Billy Gebbie Arena), in Alexandria.
Lavigne tells me that he has received confirmation from the GSP that they can accommodate the team’s schedule. A future meeting will finalize the details.
The club will be looking for volunteers to help out with ticket sales, provide game-day security, and assist with other tasks to help make competitive senior ‘A’ hockey a success in Alexandria.
“This is my first year acting as a GM for a team so I’m nervous,” Lavigne admits, adding that he is “very confident that we will have a competitive team that will also draw in decent crowds.”
The GM notes that the EOSHL “showcases exceptional hockey,” drawing players with junior hockey experience through to the professional ranks in North America and internationally.
“This is top-calibre hockey, which I found out last year when I was the assistant coach with the championship Cornwall Prowlers. I was given a chance from general manager and head coach Mitch Gagne, and I’m forever grateful.” Lavigne stresses that he gained coaching experience along with an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of how a club at this level operates.
“I’m extremely excited for the season to approach and look forward to seeing the county (Glengarry) come together to support the team and continue to grow the great game.”
In addition to the Pipers, the EOSHL confirms that the North Frontenac Phantoms will join the league for the 2020-21 season. The club will play out of the North Frontenac Community Arena, in Godfrey. The Phantoms are owned and operated by Colton Distefano and his wife, Sydony.
As noted in a separate post, senior ‘A’ hockey will return to Maxville for a second season, under new ownership and with the club renamed the Mustangs.
Senior ‘A’ hockey will return to Maxville for the 2020-21 season, as new ownership has taken over the community’s EOSHL club.
As previously reported in this post, the Maxville Millionaires franchise was taken over by the league in March, following the failure of the club to complete payment of league fees for the inaugural campaign.
On March 27, Matt Thompson and Maxime Boucher purchased the Millionaires roster from the EOSHL, committing to keep the club in Maxville, albeit under a new moniker, the Mustangs (Junior ‘C’ hockey fans may recall that name previously used by the Maxville team which played in the EOJCHL/NCJHL from 1998 through 2010, when the club was purchased by new investors and moved to Papineuville, Quebec.)
In preparation for the second season of senior ‘A’ hockey, the Mustangs have announced details on their recruitment and training camp.
Earlier this week, the Maxville Millionaires announced on their Facebook page (which has since been deleted) that they were ceasing operations after just one year of senior ‘A’ hockey. The Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League, of which the Millionaires were one of four inaugural franchises, stated on March 24, “The EOSHL disappointed to announce that the Maxville Millionaires will no longer operate in the EOSHL as of this morning.”
Further, the league noted, “The Maxville organization was given a final deadline on March 22, 2020, to pay the team’s outstanding league fees. The payment was not received by the EOSHL on that final deadline date. This deadline was an extension from the original March 15” due date.
The remaining three ownership groups subsequently held a video conference call to explore options moving forward.
Ideally, the EOSHL will find a new ownership group for the Millionaires, keeping the team in Maxville and recovering “some or all the money owed by the Millionaires.”
Other options including allowing the roster to be purchased by an expansion team that will enter the 2020-2021 season or holding a dispersal draft of all current Millionaires players sometime in July, after the league has accepted its expansion teams.
In a statement on March 25, the EOSHL announced “to all our fans and the fans in Maxville, especially, we are working on a new ownership group that has come forward to keep the team in Maxville. Hopefully by Monday [March 30] we can have some solid and positive news for everyone.”