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:
- Smith Falls
- West Carleton
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