With the 2019-20 hockey season having been abruptly ended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hockey Eastern Ontario, our region’s governing body for the sport under Hockey Canada, has launched a project to celebrate local minor teams, by posting photos on its social media platforms.
On Monday, the NGS Braves atom ‘B’ squad was highlighted.
If skills development is more what you are looking for, Hockey Eastern Ontario is posting daily drills. Here’s a recent one.
HEO Drill of the Day #20 (Off Ice)
The groin & thoracic spine are two key areas that hockey players should continuously work on to maintain range of motion & mobility. Ability to move well in these areas will allow for more efficient skating and shooting mechanics. @CAPITAL_STSpic.twitter.com/KIvufE09CY
Three former NGS Braves minor hockey players suited up in the recent HEO ‘AA’ all-star game.
The boys – Jacob Nolan, Brennan Atkins, and Seamus Hardy – are members this season of the Seaway Valley Rapids ‘AA’ major midget team, which has a record of 10 wins, 7 losses, and 2 ties in the HEO Minor AA league, good for fourth place. Nolan is third in team scoring, with 14 points. Hardy has 12 points, Atkins 11.
The Rapids’ next game is slated for Sunday in Kanata (taking on the fifth-ranked Blazers) to wrap up the 2019 portion of their schedule. Looking ahead to the new year, Seaway Valley will play in Maxville on January 8 at 7:30 p.m., hosting the first-place Nepean Raiders
The 2019-20 editions of the Eastern Ontario Wild ‘AAA’ hockey teams include a handful of county boys, competing at the top level of hockey in the province.
On the major peewee squad, the county banner is carried by Martintown’s Chancey Novosad, a defenceman wearing number 5. The team also includes Reid Cunning (F, 9) from Vankleek Hill, Tristan Delisle (F, 41) from St. Andrew’s West, Dean Fawthrop (F, 15) from Cornwall, and Colton Rheaume (G, 29) from Cornwall.
Other players are Nicolas Addy, Samuel Bisaillon, Noah Lafleur, Myloh LaVecchia, Keagen Lindsay, Daryan Matthews, Maximus Patenaude, Oliver Plante, Joseph Pocrnic, Hunter Thompson, Parker Thompson, and Thisdelle.
At the minor bantam level, there are no team members who call the county home, but there is one Wild player from Cornwall. He’s forward Kaiden Pyke, number 24.
The rest of the roster is as follows: Cameron Bergeron, Matheason Cameron, Cody Cook, Justin-Samuel Fortin, Kaden Lafond, Zachary Leblanc, Charles Marleau, Vincent Martin, Nathan Nadeau, Jalen Najm, Damen Olson, Justin Ouellette, Damien Poulin, Tyler Smith, Sasha Thibodeau, Adam Walker, and Wyatt Warner.
The 2019-20 major bantams feature two Glengarry forwards: Glen Robertson’s Marc-Olivier McCarthy (37) and Glen Walter’s Ethan Montroy (11). The team also has Cornwall representation from Joe Vida (F, 89) and Vankleek Hill’s Bradley Horner (D, 51).
Rounding our the squad are Yanick Blanchard, Braxton D’alessio, Alexis Daviault, Joshua Esford, Hugo Gagne, Wyatt Kennedy, Jacob Knickle, Guillaume Labre, Jayson MacIntyre, Mathis Mainville, Maxime Mayer, Dylan McDougall, Daylen Moses, and Mathieu Paris.
All three teams compete in the Hockey Eastern Ontario Minor ‘AAA’ Hockey League, with play set to begin later this week.