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.
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.”