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Jr. ‘A’ Hawks hold training camp, announce new goalie signing

Fresh off last weekend’s 2020-21 season training camp in Hawkesbury, the Hawks have announced the signing of a new goaltender.

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Dominic Lamarche has joined Hawkesbury’s junior ‘A’ hockey team as an assistant coach. (submitted photo)

The club inked 20-year-old Kirkland native Thomas Gale, who was recently named NCDC goaltender of the year for the 2019-20 season. The backstop is also an NCAA Division 1 commit, slated to play at Holy Cross (Worcester, Massachusetts) starting with the 2021-22 season.

With the Boston Jr. Bruins last winter, the netminder posted a 2.38 goals-against average on 41 games.

The Hawks also recently announced an addition to their coaching crew, as Dominic Lamarche joined the club in the capacity of an assistant coach.

A local businessman, Lamarche has been coaching for the past seven years and formerly played in the CCHL. He’s a Hawks alumnus.

Rick Dorval returns as head coach and general manager.

On his signing of goaltender Gale, Dorval says, “I’ve been tracking Tommy for two years now. The way he reads puck coming off the opponent’s sticks [and] the way he plays the puck are beyond his years. Furthermore, his compete level will bring some leadership to this group. The opportunity to bring in a goalie with this experience and ability for the Fred Page Cup is going to be a big push for our program.”

It’s been tough for the squad to get back on the ice this summer, due to the COVID-19 situation. The club’s development camp was scrapped, while training camp was delayed until last weekend, operating under current Hockey Canada and health authority restrictions.

While teams across the region’s junior ‘A’ league have been busy with behind-the-scenes preparations and training camps, there remains uncertainty as to when/if the puck will actually drop on the 2020-21 campaign. At last check, the CCHL was looking at an October start, delaying its opening by a month. Currently, Hockey Canada guidelines and health authority regulations bar any inter-club play.

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Jr. A Hawks looking forward to 2020 training camp later this week

In what seems like some sense of normalcy returning to the hockey world, junior teams across our region are looking forward to their 2020 training camps, and the Hawkesbury Hawks of the CCHL are no exception, set to holds theirs starting later this week.

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The 2020-21 training camp for the junior ‘A’ Hawks is scheduled to run August 21 through 23, at the Robert Hartley Sports Complex, in Hawkesbury.

Events the team had scheduled for the spring and earlier in the summer were cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, with Ontario loosening restrictions, this week’s camp is a go.

For prospective players who have not already pre-registered, an online form is available here on the Hawks website.

In the team’s latest announcement, there are “still have a few openings for camp on forwards and defence.”

The Hawkesbury Hawks are scheduled to host the 2021 Fred Page Cup, which is junior ‘A’ hockey’s national championship tournament.

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Hawks, Glens postpone 2020 hockey training camps

With ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic and despite the province loosening healthy restrictions, two local junior hockey teams, the Hawkesbury Hawks and the Alexandria Glens, have announced the postponement of planned summer camps.

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The junior ‘A’ Hawks, which play in the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) had planned for a camp in June, postponing that to July. Once again, though, the club has been forced into another delay, now scheduling its 2020 training camp for August 21 to 23, in Hawkesbury.

The camp, to be held at the Robert Hartley Complex, is open to hockey players with 2000-04 birth years, with the Hawks “looking to fill 5-6 forward positions, 3-4 defence positions, and 1 goalie position.”

Further information and a registration form can be found on the team’s website here.

As for the Glens, the team had slated its 2020 training camp for August, at the Glengarry Sports Palace in Alexandria. However, last week the club announced a deferral: “Unfortunately, we must announce the postponement of our Main Camp to Friday, September 18th, in Alexandria.”

Prospective players are invited to register at the portal here.

For more background on the off-season for Alexandria’s junior ‘B’ hockey team, please see this earlier post.

Last Sunday, new head coach Carl Robillard engaged a number of prospects in on-ice drills at a rink in Ottawa, part of a series of summer training sessions being run in accordance with current COVID-19 protocols.

Glens on the ice in Ottawa. (submitted photo)
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Junior A hockey league conducts virtual AGM as part of plans to return to play

The Central Canada Hockey League (junior ‘A’) held its Annual General Meeting on June 29, the first time it had been done via video conferencing, for the 12 clubs of the Eastern Ontario loop.

“While uncertainty remains, the return to play protocols developed by Hockey Eastern Ontario through our four local health units and the Canadian Junior Hockey League have allowed us to prepare for the upcoming weeks and months.

The CCHL will conduct its scheduled meeting on July 15, and at that time will confirm the start date and schedule length based on the most current information of the day.

We look forward to hitting the ice for training camp and our annual showcase when it is safe for players, officials and spectators to do so.

CCHL announcement following the 2020 Annual General Meeting

The 2019-20 came to an abrupt end in March, with the playoffs set to begin, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the mandated Hockey Canada shutdown.

The Hawkesbury Hawks (36-24-2-0) were scheduled to play the Smiths Falls Bear (33.24-3-2) in their opening-round playoff series, while the Cornwall Colts (21-35-1-5) didn’t qualify for post-season action.

The Hawks are hoping to open training camp later this month, in Ottawa. The club is also slated to host the 2021 Fred Page Cup (Eastern Canadian Championship), in May.

As for the Colts, information isn’t currently available.

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Hawkesbury Hawks begin plans for new season with draft, camp announcements

The 2019-20 CCHL season came to an abrupt end of March 13, when Hockey Canada suspended all sanctioned events across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CJHL’s (governing body for junior ‘A’ hockey across Canada) subsequent announcement cancelled league playoffs and the national championship.

Prior to the shutdown, the region’s junior ‘A’ league held its annual bantam protect draft.

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Hawkesbury’s first pick came fourth in the first round, as the Hawks chose Brad Horner, a defenceman from Vankleek Hill. He played last season with the Eastern Ontario Wild ‘AAA’ major bantam hockey team.

Other members of the Hawks 2020 draft class were Marc-Olivier McCarthy (forward, Glen Robertson), Yanick Blanchard (forward, Embrun), Derek Larocque (forward, Alexandria), Lucas Peever (forward, St. Albert), Mathieu Levesque (defenceman, Hawkesbury), Antoine Dorion (forward, Orleans), Jake Pulkinghorn (defenceman, Ottawa), Justin Flamini (defenceman, Cumberland), and Jayson McIntyre (forward, Orleans).

Of note, two of the draft selections are students at Alexandria’s École secondaire catholique Le Relais. Another student from the school was picked by the Cornwall Colts.

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From left are Mathieu Sauvé, Derek Larocque, and Marc-Olivier McCarthy. (Le Relais photo)

The Hawks ended the 2019-20 season second in the Yzerman Division, with a record of 36 wins, 24 regulation losses, and 2 overtime defeats, for 74 points. The squad was slated to open the CCHL playoffs against the third-place team from the Robinson Division, the Smiths Falls Bears (33-24-5, for 71 points). Interestingly, the teams had identical regular-season powerplay and penalty kill percentages, at 18.3 and 86 percent, respectively.

On the cancellation of the playoffs, Alexandria’s Felix Sauve, a rookie defenceman with the Hawks, admitted to me, “It sucks! We had a lot of key pieces this year which could have brought us far in the long run. It’s hard to say goodbye to some of the boys since you don’t know when you will meet or cross paths again.” However, the teen acknowledged, “The safety of everyone is the number 1 priority, so it was the right move.”

Sauve saw action in 52 games, notching 1 goal and 5 assists, along with 32 penalty minutes.

He was among several local athletes who were mainstays on the roster this season, including forwards Mathieu Sabourin and Jeremy Quesnel.

Hawk Luke Grainger was honoured with a league award as the 2019-20 Top Graduating Player. The skater from Beaconsfield led the CCHL in scoring with 82 points (34 goals, 48 assists) in 56 games. He’s committed to playing NCAA hockey next season at Western Michigan University for next season.

In the league’s announcement, head coach Rick Dorval was quoted as saying, “Luke’s development with and without the puck has been tremendous. He is one of the most electrifying players in this league and is always a threat to opponents. He can move as fast east-west as north-south. We will miss him next year but wish him the best of luck at WMU.”

Aside from Grainger, the Hawks bid adieu to Matt Gasuik, Azzaro Tinling, Sebastien Paquette, Shane McGrath, and Zach Johnson.

2020 Summer Camp

Registration for the Hawkesbury Hawks summer camp is now open. The event is scheduled for June 19 to 21, but is subject to change due to Hockey Canada mandates around the COVID-19 situation.

The camp will be held in Gloucester, at the Richcraft Sensplex. Entry is $250, and players will each have approximately 4.5 hours of ice time spread over three games.

For further details and to sign up, see this page on the Hawks website.

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Rebels season ends with loss in Winchester

The Char-Lan Rebels CCHL2 hockey season officially came to an end Friday night in Winchester, with a 6-2 loss to the Hawks.

The defeat snapped Char-Lan’s four-game winning streak, which included a Tuesday night victory over the Hawks, in Williamstown.

Lochlan MacDonald and Cuyler Molinaro scored the Char-Lan goals, with assists to Jacob Esdale, Joseph Samson, and Justice Brownlee.

Jackson Parsons and Ceili Picard split goaltending duties for the game, each playing approximately 30 minutes and charged with three goals.

The Rebels’ final record is 20 wins, 21 regulation losses, and 3 overtime/shootout defeats, for 43 points and sixth place in the Martin Division. Char-Lan missed the playoffs by 11 points, with Winchester taking the final spot for post-season action.

Char-Lan’s top point-getter was Samson, who had 57. He also led in goals, assists, and points per game. No Rebels played in all 44 games; the closest was Rylan Iwachniuk, who suited up for 43. Hunter MacPherson played 42 games, between his time with the Alexandria Glens and the Rebels.

Liam MacDonald earns league recognition

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Rebel Liam MacDonald was named the CCHL2 second star for the week ending February 23.

The 19-year-old from Dunvegan had his first career hat trick and notched 8 points during the week.

MacDonald’s effort extended his point-scoring streak to five games (6 goals, 4 assists).

On the season, the forward skated in 37 games with the Rebels, scoring at a point-a-game pace. He recorded 16 goals and 21 assists in his second season with Char-Lan.

The league announcement, including details on the other stars of the week, can be read here.

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Rebels win home finale Tuesday, to wrap up in Winchester tonight

The 2019-20 CCHL2 season for the Char-Lan Rebels will conclude tonight, when the team skates on the road against the playoff-bound Winchester Hawks. Game time at the Winchester Community Centre is set for 8:15 p.m.

Let’s finish with a win and look forward to a great 2020-21! #GoRebsGo #FinishStrong #FinishWithPride #FutureLooksBright

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Char-Lan won its home-ice finale Tuesday night against the very same Hawks, rebounding from a two-goal deficit to score five unanswered and extend the Rebels winning streak to four games.

Despite skating hard and carrying the play through the first period of their February 25 contest at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre, the Rebels found themselves trailing 1-0 at the first intermission.

At the 5:20 mark of the second stanza, Winchester scored again, but the Hawks would be shut down from that point onward.

Late in the period, with 1:25 left, Alexandre Elie got Char-Lan on the board, assisted by Ryan Grant and Isaac Testani. Thirty-five seconds later, Cuyler Molinaro potted the equalizer, set up by Elie and Parker Tallman.

The Rebels took control in the third, as Noah Konink scored a natural hat trick. Assists went to Testani (2), Elie, Paul Waldhauser, Justice Brownlee, and Tallman.

Goaltender Summy Mughal started the game, switching at the midpoint with Ceili Picard. Together, they combined for 27 saves, while Char-Lan snipers had 33 shots at the Winchester net.

Konink, with his three goals, was named the game’s first star. Testani, with three assists, was tagged as second star.

Char-Lan went three-for-six on the power play, while the Rebels penalty killers grounded the Hawks through seven opportunities.

A photo gallery of game action is available for viewing here.

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Hawks junior A hockey team wraps up regular season with five-game road stretch

With five regular-season CCHL games remaining, the Hawkesbury Hawks have already clinched a playoff position, currently placed second in the Yzerman Division, on a record of 34-21-2-0.

The team includes a trio of players from Alexandria.

Mathieu Sabourin is a 19-year-old forward, who checks in 6 ft., 146 lb. and wears jersey number 7. He’s played in 31 games this season with the junior ‘A’ hockey club, notching 10 points and 22 penalty minutes. Last season, Sabourin was in the CCHL2 with the Char-Lan Rebels.

Wearing jersey 15 is Jeremy Quesnel, also 19 and playing forward. The 5 ft. 8 in, 150 lb. skater has suited up for 56 Hawks games this season, scoring 31 points and taking 80 PIM. He was a member of the Cornwall Colts for the previous two seasons.

On defence is Felix Sauve, number 79. The 17-year-old blueliner, a rookie, is 5 ft. 11 in., 170 lb. He’s recorded 5 points and 28 PIM with the Hawks. Last season, he skated at the junior ‘B’ level with the Alexandria Glens.

Hawkesbury has one hometown player: Jeremie Payant is a rookie forward who wears jersey number 71.

The team’s roster of defensive players also includes St. Eugene’s Austin Gaspar and Samuel Mayer from L’Orignal.

All five of Hawkesbury’s remaining CCHL regular-season games this season are road contests, starting with February 28 in Brockville.

For more background on the Hawks, check out this season-in-review on the team’s website.

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Jr. B Rebels to play last home game of season tonight

Char-Lan’s CCHL2 regular season is nearly over, with just two games remaining, both against the Winchester Hawks.

The first, which will be the Rebels’ last home game of the season, is set for tonight, February 25, starting at 8 p.m., at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre in Williamstown. The boys are also booked to play February 28 in Winchester, at 8:15 p.m.

Char-Lan is riding a three-game winning streak entering play this evening, while the Hawks are coming off a lopsided loss in Westport.

Winchester is playoff-bound, holding the final post-season position in the Martin Division, and will play the Casselman Vikings in round 1. The Rebels are 11 points behind the Hawks in the standings.

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CCHL2 standings heading into play on February 25, 2020.

Last season, Char-Lan took on the Alexandria Glens in the first round of the playoffs, before bowing out in the second round in a four-game sweep by the Ottawa Jr. Canadians, who went all the way to the CCHL2 finals, where they fell to the Perth Blue Wings.

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Jr. B Glens doubled off by Hawks, on to face Rebs tonight

On the road in Winchester last night, the CCHL2 Alexandria Glens were doubled off by the Hawks 6-3.

The Glens fell behind 2-0 before getting on the board late in the first period, as affiliated player Landon Brownlee scored his first-ever junior ‘B’ hockey goal, assisted by Zachary Power and Nicolas Ouellette.

The Hawks put up a three-spot in the second stanza to salt this one away.

Nico Pozzebon, with back-to-back tallies in the third, rounded out the Glens scoring. Helpers went to Tyson Allard and Power on the first, and Power and Ouellette on the other.

Danik Martin and Tyler Desjardins split goaltending duties, facing 40 shots collectively.

Next up for the Glens is a trip down south to face off against the rival Char-Lan Rebels. Game time for the Saturday night tilt is set for 8 p.m. The junior ‘B’ hockey match will be preceded by a pair of high school exhibition contests between Char-Lan and Holy Trinity, with the girls teams playing at 5 p.m., followed by the boys at 6 p.m.

For more background on the recent play of the Glens as the season winds down, please see this post.

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