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New head coach named for junior B Glens in preparation for 2020-21 CCHL2 season

The Alexandria Glens of the CCHL2 have a new head coach, and his name is a familiar one in local hockey circles, as Carl Robillard has been named to the post to guide North Glengarry’s junior ‘B’ hockey team into the 2020-21 season.

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Carl Robillard

The Wendover resident has an extensive coaching background at the top level of minor hockey.

As Robillard puts it, “I actually know many of the players on the current roster and others who will compete for roster spots on this team.”

The new bench boss notes, “Although there are definite changes on the horizon, I know there is potential for this group of young men. We expect to ice a young team with a sprinkle of key veterans to help lead the way. Our goal is to make the playoffs this coming season while establishing a reputation within the league as being a very hard team to play against every single night. This is a staple of my teams from the past and this team will be no different.”

On what he predicts for fans, Robillard says, “We will bring a mix of skill, speed, and compete in all phases of the game. Once we build our young core, we expect to compete for a championship for years to come. That is our ultimate goal once the puck drops to start our season.”

In announcing the new head coach of the Glens, general manager Derick Viau described the 50-year-old Robillard as “a bright coach and great leader who has a track record of both effectively developing young players and successfully motivating veterans.” He added, “We love his coaching resume and are confident that he has learned from every stop during his career, and has the best skill set to get the maximum potential out of our team.”

Viau was my guest for the inaugural edition of the sportsguysean podcast:

Note, this podcast episode can be found on various hosting services, including Spotify and Breaker. Current and prospective members of the Glens can leave me a voice message on Anchor, and the clip may find its way into a future episode of the sportsguysean podcast. Be sure to follow the sportsguysean podcast on your favourite app or platform.

In addition to taking the helm of the junior ‘B’ Glens, Robillard will serve as head coach of the Eastern Ontario Wild major bantam ‘AAA’ team during the 2020-21 this season.

Viau notes that his new bench boss “has over 12 years of coaching experience” and “his coaching philosophy is pretty simple… [building] around these three basic principles: TEAM FIRST, HARD WORK, and DISCIPLINE.”

The general manager, who’s entering his second year in that capacity with Alexandria’s CCLHL2 hockey club, says, “In order to achieve these principals, Carl strives to build an environment that encourages players to learn and develop on and off the ice, while creating a positive learning atmosphere in both good and hard times. All players need to be given the opportunity to develop their skills in a structured and disciplined learning environment that constantly challenges them while providing encouragement and support. He firmly believes that, when dealing with highly motivated and committed athletes, strong communication skills in both a group and/or an individual setting is the cornerstone of any coach’s responsibility.”

Robillard’s coaching resume includes…

  • 2014-15 regular-season championship with major peewee ‘AAA’
  • 2014-15 playoff championship major peewee ‘AAA’
  • 2014-15 provincial silver medal
  • 2014-15 OEMHL ‘AAA’ Coach of the Year
  • 2015-16 regular-season championship minor bantam ‘AAA’
  • 2015-16 playoff championship minor bantam ‘AAA’
  • 2015-16 Toronto Marlies Holiday Classic ‘AAA’ Championship
  • 2017-18 TELUS Cup Central Region Midget ‘AAA’
  • 2018 OHL drafted players: 10 from the Eastern Ontario Wild and 6 from the Hawkesbury Hawks

The new Glens head coach recently connected with some of his players by way of video conference.

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Players and staff connecting via video conference. (CCHL2 Glens photo)

For more background on the Alexandria Glens, please see my earlier post wrapping up last season.

Prior to the announcement of Robillard taking the team’s coaching reins, the Glens announced that last year’s head coach, Marc Rousseau, would not be returning. “We thank him for his time served with us [and wish him] best of luck in future endeavours.”

The Glens also parted ways with their assistant coaches, Marco Pozzebon and Stephane Ouellette.

Training Camp

Subject to Hockey Canada rules regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alexandria CCHL2 Glens have scheduled their 2020 training camp for the Glengarry Sports Palace, beginning August 22.

Players ages 16 through 20 are invited to register online. More information is available on this webpage.

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New Alexandria-based team joins EOSHL as part of 2020 expansion

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.

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Pipers jersey mock-up

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.”

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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.

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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.

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Glens junior B hockey clubs sets public board meeting for March 25

The Alexandria Glens Hockey Club, which ices a team in the CCHL2 (junior ‘B’ hockey league), has scheduled a board meeting, open to the public, for Wednesday, March 25.

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March 17 UPDATE: meeting postponed.

The meeting will be held in the community hall of the Glengarry Sports Palace, in Alexandria, starting at 7 p.m.

The Glens are community-owned, operated by a board of directors.

The president of the club is Derick Viau, and Jeremy Dubeau serves as vice-president.

Viau also serves as the team’s general manager. The assistant GM is Marc Sauve.

The Glens invite new community members to join the board. For more information on the club, please see their Facebook page and website.

Job Opening for 2020-21 season

The Alexandria Glens are looking for a timekeeper on game days for the upcoming CCHL2 season, which will mark the club’s 53rd junior hockey campaign.

Contact the club to express your interest in this position.

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Alexandria junior B Glens cap disappointing season with home-ice win

The 2019-20 CCHL2 hockey season came to an end last night for the Alexandria Glens, as the team skated in a rare home-ice Tuesday night affair.

What has been a disappointing “rebuilding” season for the team ended on a positive note, as the boys nabbed a 5-1 victory over the Athens Aeros.

The Glens scored in every period, 2 in the first, one in the second, and 2 in the third, as they fired 32 shots at the Athens net. Zachary Power, Andy Lightle-Blais, Nico Pozzebon, Kyle Joly, and Nicolas Corry were the Alexandria marksmen on this night. Picking up assists were Pozzebon (2), Jacob Lefebvre (2), Ryan Leonard (2), Joshua Weatherall, Graham Robertson, and Zachary Bigras.

The result made a winner of goaltender Danik Martin, who faced just 18 shots on goal.

The small number of fans in attendance witnessed a determined Glens effort and a largely quickly played game that had its physical moments, particularly in the second stanza which featured a centre-ice fight between Alexandria’s Alexim Veilleux and Joel Brennan of the Aeros.

Pozzebon, with his three-point contribution, was named the game’s first star, and Leonard took second-star honours.

The Glens were one-for-three on the power play, and the penalty kill was perfect, shutting down Athens in two opportunities.

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The Glens finish the season with just nine wins. The only team worse was Athens, which has zero with one game remaining to be played. Alexandria recorded 22 points, on a 9-31-3-1 record. I will have more analysis in an upcoming story.

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Alexandria Glens to close out regular season at home Tuesday night

Heading into their final game of the 2019-20 CCHL2 hockey season, the Alexandria Glens are mired in a four-game slump, with just one win in nine tries this month.

The boys will close out the campaign on home ice at the Glengarry Sports Palace on Tuesday, February 25, at 8:30 p.m., playing the Athens Aeros.

Regardless of the outcome tomorrow night, the Glens will finish the season out of the playoff picture, in last place of the Martin Division.

Among the brights spots for the squad have been the play of Nico Pozzebon and Zachary Power, who are one-two in team points, with 42 and 41. The skaters hail from Bourget and Rockland, respectively.

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Peewee Highlanders triumph at Heartbreaker Cup hockey tournament

Last weekend in Alexandria, the Glengarry Girls Hockey Association hosted its annual Heartbreaker Cup tournament, drawing teams from across Eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

The highlight for home squads was the play of the peewee Highlanders, who triumphed for the championship in their division.

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Members of the Glengarry Highlanders peewee girls hockey team celebrate victory at the Heartbreaker Cup. (GGHA photo)

Glengarry’s peewees opened the competition against the Ottawa Ice, as an eager Highlanders team skated to a 4-0 win. Jada Campbell notched the initial tally, followed by a late first-period goal from Madison MacLeod. The second period saw Campbell put another in the net, while the scoring was rounded out by Mary Ellen Fader. Madelyne Duval registered the shutout in net for Glengarry.

Game two versus the Westlake Wild proved to be much the same. While the contest stayed locked at zero after the first period, Campbell got the Highlanders on the board in the second. The third period brought her another goal, with MacLeod adding insurance. Duval once again registered the goose egg.

Sunday morning brought an undefeated Gloucester Sharks to face the Highlanders who fended off their opponents through to late in the second period. Back-to-back goals by the Sharks took the air out of the Glengarry peewee’s play. A penalty shot in the third sealed the game for the Gloucester, 3-0.

The loss dropped the Highlanders to second place and a semi-final meeting with the Westlake Wild, once again. This time the results would be closer. Campbell opened the scoring in the first. The second period brought two quick goals for the Wings, putting the Highlanders in a 2-1 deficit, until Campbell once again scored for Glengarry. The third period saw Campbell complete her a hat trick, which was enough for a 3-2 victory and a spot in the final versus Gloucester.

Glengarry opened the scoring with a goal from Emily Kate Bissonnette, but the Sharks soon responded to draw even. Early in the second, Margaret Fraser found a rebound to make it 2-1 Highlanders. Goal number three came on a penalty shot from Campbell. The Highlanders added a fourth from MacLeod.

The Sharks managed to score their second of the match, but dominant goaltending by Duval proved no match for Gloucester’s top players, as she stopped a few breakaways and blocked everything thrown at her in the third. The girls won gold with a thrilling 4-2 effort.

Other divisions

Glengarry’s atom team went 0-4 in the tournament, falling 2-1 to Carleton Place and 5-0 to Westlake on Saturday. Sunday’s third round-robin game was against the Nepean Hurricane, who prevailed a tough one, 1-0. This loss meant facing dominating Westlake in the semifinal, where the Wild skated 6-0 over the Highlanders. Westlake went on to win the division championship over the Nepean Ice Cats.

In bantam action, the Highlanders played in a three-team round-robin. Their first matchup against Nepean ended in a 2-0 loss, while game two ended in a rough 6-0 defeat by the dominant Westlake Wild. On Sunday, the rematches saw Glengarry tie Nepean 1-1 and fall to Westlake 8-1. With only 1 point, the Highlanders did not advance. Westlake took the division title, with the Ice Cats as runners-up.

The midget Highlanders faced off against the division rival Russell Coyotes in their tournament opener. Russell scored in the first period, hanging on to the 1-0 lead through to the end. Game two against the Blades of Dollard des Ormeaux went into the books as a 3-0 loss. On Sunday, Glengarry and Gloucester both scored a goal in the first period, en route to a 1-1 draw. The Highlanders’ fourth outing saw the girls drop a 4-0 decision to Gananoque, which went on to win the championship. Russell was the other finalist.

files from Kimberley Howes

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Junior B Glens playing five games in six days

A busy stretch began last night on the road for the Alexandria Glens of the CCHL2, as the boys dropped a 7-5 decision to the Ottawa West Golden Knights.

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Jacob Lefebvre

The game marked the start of four games in as many nights and five in six days.

Jacob Lefebvre, maned the third star of the contest, had a three-point effort, including a goal.

Other Alexandria point-getters were Nico Pozzebon (1 goal, 1 assist), Zachary Power (1 G, 1 A), Reese Donnelly (1 G, 1 A), Nicolas Corry (1 G), Alexim Veilleux (1 A), and Elijah Boisvert (1 A).

Tyler Desjardins took the loss in net, despite making 47 saves.

Tonight’s contest, versus the Casselman Vikings at the Glengarry Sports Palace, is set for an 8 p.m. start.

Saturday evening will see the Glens playing in Athens, and Sunday afternoon the boys will be in Embrun.

On Tuesday, starting at 8:15 p.m., the Glens will skate into Williamstown to take on the Char-Lan Rebels.

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Char-Lan Rebels skate to Battle of Glengarry win in Alexandria

A solid crowd of spectators was on hand Friday night at the Glengarry Sports Palace in Alexandria, where the hometown Glens succumbed to the Char-Lan Rebels 5-1 in round two of this season’s CCHL2 Battle of Glengarry.

The Rebs held a three-goal lead after 40 minutes of play, adding another at the 11-minute mark of the third period, as Joseph Samson scored on a power-play shot from the point that eluded Glens goaltender Tyler Desjardins. Noah Konink assisted.

Alexandria finally got on the scoreboard 61 seconds later, off a Tyson Allard tally, set up by Kyle Joly and Reese Donnelly.

Soon after, the Glens were handed their 10th man-advantage opportunity of the game. The team called a timeout to plot strategy, opting to pull Desjardins from the hemp hut in favour of an additional attacker. Unfortunately, the Rebels made them pay, as Samson notched his hat-trick goal of the game into the empty net.

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Char-Lan’s other goals on the night were scored by Isaac Testani. Picking up assists were Alexandre Elie, Owen Carter, and Griffin Patterson.

Desjardins made 45 saves on the night, while Rebels netminder Ceili Picard turned aside 43 of 44 directed his way.

The Glens went zero for 10 on the power play, and Char-Lan was one for two.

This result marked the second straight loss for Alexandria to their southern cousins, as the Rebels prevailed 5-2 back in October. The teams will meet twice more this season, both times in Williamstown. Encounters are booked for February 18 and 22.

Here’s a video clip that was broadcast live on my Facebook page last night.

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Rebels, Glens set for Friday night Battle of Glengarry in Alexandria

The Glengarry Sports Palace in Alexandria will be rocking tonight, January 31, as the arena hosts the Battle of Glengarry, junior ‘B’ hockey’s rivalry between the Glens and the Char-Lan Rebels.

The Glens are looking for their third straight home-ice win, after prevailing the last two Fridays over Richmond and Whitewater, respectively. Alexandria lost last night on the road to the Ottawa West Golden Knights, 5-3. Nicolas Corry scored twice, with the other Glens tally netted by Andy Lightle-Blais, who also nabbed an assist. Other helpers went to Nicolas Ouellette, Reese Donnelly, and Zachary Power.

Char-Lan is also coming off a loss, having dropped a January 26 road game in Richmond, 5-2.

In the only previous meeting this season, back on October 11, the Rebels prevailed over the Glens 5-2.

In the division standings, Char-Lan is sixth, with 32 points, while the Glens are relegated to the basement, with 17 points.

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OPP ‘Badgers’ GDHS Gaels in exhibition hockey

The OPP hockey team, the Badgers as they are known, skated to an 11-5 victory over the Glengarry DHS Gaels, in an exhibition game held December 16 at the Glengarry Sports Palace, in Alexandria.

The cops lived up to their moniker, badgering the teens throughout the contest. For the Gaels, this game was their first (and likely only) hockey action this winter, as the school didn’t enter a team to compete in the high school league.

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Alexim Veilleux, playing for the GDHS Gaels, skates in front of his goaltender, Nathan Noel, striving to elude the forecheck pressure of an OPP Badger. (Costa Zarifi photo)

Coached by Ryan Winter and Brian Caddell, the Gaels hadn’t even had time for practice as a group, but the boys nevertheless iced a determined effort. Goaltender Nathan Noel got into the seasonal spirit, donning a Santa hat. His counterpart at the other end of the ice, Luc Sarao, was solid between the pipes for the OPP.

Ethan Attridge scored twice on Sarao, notching the boys’ first and second goals of the match, both on penalty shots. Also scoring for GDHS were John Caddell, Seamus Hardy, and Alexim Veilleux.

The Badgers were coached by Simon Hardy.

This friendly game is an annual event for the police and Gaels boys, with students and teachers from the school filling the stands to take in the action.

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The Gaels and Badgers gather at the end of their exhibition hockey game. (GDHS photo)
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