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Tighter COVID-19 rules to impact sports in Ottawa, Toronto

The so-called hot spots for COVID-19 cases – Ottawa, Toronto, and Peel Region – have seen a number of new restrictions imposed by the provincial government. The new rules affect many aspects of society, including sports, which now will be prohibited from any scrimmages, limited only to training with physical distancing.

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From the Ford government announcement… “In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Public Health Measures Table, and local medical officers of health and other health experts, the Ontario government is introducing additional targeted public health measures in the Ottawa, Peel, and Toronto public health unit regions. These modified Stage 2 restrictions will be for a minimum of 28 days and reviewed on an ongoing basis.”

The new rules, for these regions, will take effect on Saturday, October 10, at 12:01 a.m.

In terms of sports, the rules state, “Limiting team sports to training sessions (no games or scrimmages).”

These three regions will also see social gathering numbers reduced to 10 indoors and 25 outdoors, along with the closure of bars/restaurants for indoor service, gyms and fitness centres, gaming establishments, cinemas, performing arts centres, spectator areas at racing facilities, and more.

For the full details, please see the government press release here.

These new measures do not, at this time, apply to our region, remains in the government’s Stage 3 plan.

Earlier this week, MPP Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s minister of heritage, sport, tourism, and culture industries, was quoted in a CBC News story about the provincial government’s plans for hockey, specifically the top junior league, the OHL. In the piece, MacLeod was quoted as stating that the OHL will have to “remove physical contact, including bodychecking, if it’s to have a 2020-21 season.”

According to MacLeod, as quoted in the story, the OHL is not interested in playing under a bubble format as the NHL did for its 2020 playoffs. The OHL had already delayed the new season, tentatively aiming for a December 1 start (unlike Quebec’s major junior hockey league which began regular play this month and has experienced COVID-19 positive cases).

The CBC News story about MacLeod and the OHL further indicated that the provincial government would require the OHL and all sports organizations in Ontario to remove close physical contact amongst players. Also complicating issues for the league is the fact two teams are located in current COVID-19 hot spots, while three other clubs play out of USA cities.

Regarding local junior hockey leagues, the EOJHL (junior ‘B’) has begin team-versus-team scrimmages without body contact, as has the CCHL (junior ‘A’), following the Hockey Eastern Ontario return-to-play policy and its high-performance league guidelines.

The so-called HEO Stage 3(a) allows “our players an opportunity to safely continue their development by participating in modified-for-COVID non-contact game play.” In addition to the CCHL and EOJHL, this applies to the HEO U18 ‘AAA’ and HEO Minor ‘AAA’ leagues.

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Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame reveals 2020 inductees, postpones ceremony

The 2020 inductees to the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame have been revealed, but along with the announcement came news that this year’s annual gathering to celebrate the new inductees has been postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The board of the hall of fame extends congratulations to the 2020 inductees:

  • Barb Benton (Apple Hill: sports organizer, ball hockey, broomball)
  • Glen Campbell (Glen Nevis: sports organizer, coach, soccer, hockey)
  • Heather MacLeod (Maxville: Highland dance)
  • Michael Robertson (Williamstown, track athlete)
  • Corey Van Loon (Martintown, sports organizer, canoeist, Raisin River Canoe Race)

Typically, members of the hall, along with inductees, family members, supporters, past inductees, and honoured graduating high school athletes gather for a celebration each August. The location rotates amongst the county’s three arena, with festivities held on the arena floor. Last year, the event was held in Williamstown, at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre, with the 2020 edition (the 41st annual) scheduled for Maxville’s arena.

However, “due to COVID-19, The Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame’s 2020 Induction Night has been postponed to Wednesday, August 18, 2021, in Maxville. Mark your calendars!”

New Website Address and Hall Visits for 2020

The Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame website address has changed slightly, with the website now available at glengarrysports.ca (formerly .com).

The website is chock full of stories on past inductees, since the facility, located in Maxville, was established in 1979.

Traditionally, the hall building opens after the long weekend in May, welcoming visitors through to Labour Day. The board of the hall of fame expects they will have a summer student hosting guests once again this year.

The hall building is located at 35 Fair Street, adjacent to the arena in Maxville.

Stay tuned for an official announcement on this year’s opening.

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Millionaires ready for game 2 on home ice

Fresh off a thrilling game one of their EOSHL semifinal series on the road playing the West Carleton Rivermen, the Maxville Millionaires will host game two tonight, looking to square the series.

The start is set for 8 p.m. at the Maxville arena, also known as the Vault.

The series opened was a wild one that saw the Millionaires open the game with a 2-0 lead, only to see the Rivermen go on a seven-goal run. Not to be outdone, though, Maxville stormed back with five straight to even the affair and force overtime. However, 15:17 into the extra session, West Carleton’s Brett Gustavsen ended it, sealing an 8-7 final.

On the night, Maxville goaltender Miguel D’Aoust made 37 saves, while Dave Stathos at the other end of the ice stopped 22.

Connor MacLeod paced the Millionaires offence with a five-point night (1 goal, 4 assists), while Bradley Gabbour had a trick. His effort included the game-tying tally at the 18:02 mark of the third period.

It was also a three-point game for Calvin Wojtaszak (1 goal, 2 assists). Other offensive contributors were Adam Wensink (1 G, 1 A), Braedan Pearl (1 G, 1 A), Vincent Crockett (2 A), Chris Rutley (1 A), Pierre-Luc Sabourin (1 A), and Matt Thompson (1 A).

Maxville scored twice on five power-play opportunities, while West Carleton went one-for-four.

For background on the Millionaires finish to the regular season, please see this previous post.

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Millionaires wrap up senior A hockey regular season

The Maxville Millionaires, of the EOSHL, concluded their inaugural senior ‘A’ hockey season last weekend with a 10-1 loss to Deseronto.

Braedan Pearl notched the lone Maxville goal, unassisted. Both goaltenders, Alain Ravary and Miguel D’Aoust, saw action, combining to face 51 shots. The Millionaires fired 44 shots on the Bulldogs hemp hut.

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From left are Connor MacLeod, Pierre-Luc Sabourin, and Adam Wensink. (Millionaires photos)

Looking back on the team’s first season, Connor MacLeod, forward #7, found the back of the net 9 times in 15 games. Assistant captain Pierre-Luc Sabourin and forward Adam Wensink tied to the Millionaires lead in points, at 18.

Playoffs begin Friday night on the road.

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