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Curler MacPherson caps off university career with school MVP award

North Glengarry’s Marshall MacPherson completed his university curling career in early March, capping off his time at the University of Western Ontario by being recognized with the MVP award for curling at the school’s athletics banquet, which this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was held remotely.

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Marshall MacPherson skipped his University of Western Ontario curling team for the 2019-20 season. (submitted photo)

He tells me that the 2019-20 season was a year of transition for the Western curling program. The previous campaign saw the club claim bronze at the OUA Championships, going on to “have a strong showing at the nationals in Fredericton.” Following that year, the skip and third graduated, opening the door for MacPherson’s leadership.

The longtime curler out of the Alexandria Curling Club and graduate of Glengarry District High School stepped in the skip role, whilst throwing third stones.

“Thankfully, the entire curling season was able to be played before the COVID shutdown,” he notes. “We had a few tune-up events in St. Catharine’s and Waterloo, where we had very strong showings. We also had the incredible opportunity to play an exhibition game on arena ice at the Continental Cup (hosted in London this year) side-by-side with the stars of the sport and in front of a crowd of over 1,000.”

The provincial championships (OUA) were held in Guelph, where the Mustangs started 1-4.

“We won our last two games to end the round-robin at 3-4, but we just missed out on the playoffs,” MacPherson recalls.

He admits to me that he and his teammates were disappointed to miss the OUA playoffs and the opportunity to “make a run to qualify at nationals.” On the season as a whole, though, MacPherson says, “We were pretty happy with the successes we were able to create as a first-year team. I’m quite happy with where we left things.”

He graduated recently and believes “the rest of the team is in a really good spot moving forward (providing the season isn’t also cancelled for the upcoming year).”

At the end of the year he was named Male Curling MVP by the Western Mustangs program.

On the academic front, he completed his dental school studies in June.

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Marshall MacPherson, right, with dad Scott. (submitted photo)

On his university curling career he reflects, “Stepping up to skip and being amongst other provincial, national, and world champions was really exciting, and I’m really glad I got to finish off my varsity career as skip.”

MacPherson adds, “I’m really thankful for my teammates, coach, and the entire faculty at the dental school who were all very understanding with my commitment to both finishing up a very busy program all the while leading the curling team. Despite the end of my university days coming to a very abrupt halt, I’m very satisfied with what I’ve been able to accomplish in my years at Western.”

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Glens, Rebels swing multi-player trade deal

On the December 1 roster cutdown day, Glengarry county’s CCHL2 hockey clubs were busy on the trade front, exchanging skaters in a multi-player deal that sees a pair of North Glengarry lads go south.

Hunter MacPherson
Hunter MacPherson

The Alexandria Glens dealt Lochlan MacDonald and Hunter MacPherson to the Char-Lan Rebels in exchange for Joshua Weatherall, Reese Donnelly, and Evan Huntley. Huntley was then shipped to the Casselman Vikings, in exchange for Mikaël Bissonnette.

MacDonald and MacPherson are 18-year-old defencemen who, respectively, call Alexandria and Dalkeith home.

Bissonnette, from Rockland, is a 6 ft. 3 in., 210 lb. blueliner. The 17-year-old is a 2018 OHL draft pick of the Niagara Ice Dogs.

Huntley and Weatherall are also D-men, while Donnelly is a forward. All players are expected to report to their new teams this week to participate in regular practices and prepare for upcoming games.

It’s been a particularly busy couple of days for Glens general manager Derick Viau. Yesterday, he picked up Nicolas Corry from the Winchester Hawks in exchange for future considerations. The 17-year-old forward from Gloucester had 6 points and 25 penalty minutes in 18 games with the Hawks this season.

Another 17-year-old, Zachary Power, was picked up by Viau from the Vikings, in exchange for a player development fee. The rookie centreman from Rockland had 12 points and 10 penalty minutes in 22 games with Casselman.

Jonathan Paquette, a defenceman, was waived by the Vikings and immediately signed by the Glens on Sunday.

In another December 1 move to reduce the team’s roster to 23 players, Daniel Scott was released.

Viau’s final move of the weekend was to sign a player sent down from the affiliated CCHL Hawkesbury Hawks, as forward Ryan Leonard will become a Glen. The Orchard Park, N.Y. 18-year-old dressed for 15 games with the Hawks without registering a point.

The Glens also had a deal with Casselman last week as well. See this post for the details.

On losing MacDonald and MacPherson, Alexandria’s general manager admits that was his most difficult decision of the past few days, though he adds that the move was an important piece of the rebuild for his team and the Glens look towards the future.

Hockey Canada rules require junior hockey teams to cut down to 25 the number of signed and open cards they hold. This number is further reduced, to 23, on January 10.

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