The Glengarry Curling Club, in Maxville, has reserved November 20 for its annual general meeting. The event will be held in the clubhouse (limited attendance) and online. As well, the club is seeking expressions of interest for new board members.
Maximum in-person attendance is set at 30, including members of the board, as established by rules from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This number is subject to change. Individuals wishing to attend should e-mail the club to reserve a spot. Start time is set for 7 p.m., and online participation details will be circulated soon.
Curling clubs in Alexandria and Alexandria are working towards the launch of their respective 2020-21 seasons as soon as possible, with both currently registering members new and returning.
The Alexandria Curling Club is aiming for a November 9 season start, with a number of adjustments. There will be no gender-based leagues, at least for now, and the industrial league won’t play this year. As well, a raft of COVID-19 health and safety protocols are in place, details of which can be viewed via this link.
Maxville’s Glengarry Curling Club previously announced that it would not be open this fall, setting early January for a potential season start.
The Lancaster Curling Club had hoped to open in October, providing that sufficient members registered. That target was not met, so the club’s executive has deferred opening until January, seeking to boost its membership numbers by then. See this earlier story for more details.
The 2020-21 hockey season is shaping up to be anything but normal, as a limited number of local fans of the senior ‘A’ game got a chance recently to check out a competitive scrimmage between the Maxville Mustangs and the Glengarry Pipers, in Alexandria, with the latter coming out on top.
The Pipers seemed to be playing the right tune in the October 24 contest, edging their North Glengarry rival 5-4.
Helping out the Alexandria-based squad which is a new entrant this season in the league was Jason Leroux, a coach of the NGS Braves U13 hockey team. He donned the goalie pads to serve as back up tendie.
The modified (non-contact due to COVID-19 restrictions) followed the Pipers training camp, which was held at the Glengarry Sports Palace back on October 10. The team’s coach and general manager, Jamie Lavigne, tells me that he had 35 guys on the ice for the workout, with the players skating in a three-period intra-squad contest which finished in a 4-4 tie. The equalizer came with 30 seconds remaining on the clock, notched by former Alexandria Glen Reggy St. Surin.
Lavigne admits, “It was different not having any contact or fighting, but it made for some good hockey.”
He tells me that the league is still is planning for a January 2021 season start date. The Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League recently added its eighth team, the Pontiac Comets, which will play out of Fort-Coulonge, Quebec.
Lavigne says the hope is now that it will be a 14-game season with each team playing each other twice.
In addition to the Alexandria squad and the Comets, the new clubs entering the EOSHL this season are the Frontenac Phantoms (from Godfrey) and the Smiths Falls Rideaus. The Cornwall Prowlers won the inaugural playoff championship last year, while the West Carleton Rivermen were tops in the regular season and playoff runners-up. The Deseronto Bulldogs are also set to return for a second go-round, as is the Maxville entry, which has been renamed the Mustangs after playing last season, under different ownership, as the Millionaires.
The Char-Lan Rebels have two new players this week, having received Graham Robertson and Alexim Veilleux from the Alexandria Glens in a trade.
The EOJHL Glens dealt the duo to their southern rivals in exchange for a player development fee (PDF) and future considerations.
Robertson, who hails from Maxville, is 18-years-old and plays forward. Checking in at 5 ft. 8 in. and 165 lb, the teen started last season with the Rebels before being signed by the Glens. He had one goal in five games with Char-Lan. In Alexandria, Robertson skated in 38 games, notching 15 points. He’s a product of the Seaway Valley Rapids hockey club.
Calling Hawkesbury home, Veilleux started the 2019-20 campaign in the CCHL (junior ‘A’) with the Kanata Lasers, playing five games. He then joined the junior ‘B’ Glens. With the Alexandria squad, he suited up for 37 games, recording 16 points and 240 penalty minutes. The 19-year-old winger is 5 ft. 8in, 150 lb. In all, he played 36 games at the junior ‘A’ level, beginning with a stint two seasons ago as a member of the Cornwall Colts.
On the trade, the Glens organization stated, “We would like to thank Alexim and Graham for their service and wish them the best with Char-Lan.”
That Maxville Mustangs and the Glengarry Pipers of the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League (senior ‘A’ men’s) will play an exhibition scrimmage on Saturday, October 24, in Alexandria.
Due to COVID-19 pandemic health and safety requirements, tickets must be purchased in advance, and the number of spectators permitted will be limited to 50. No ticket sales will take place at the door. The wearing of a face mask is mandatory.
For ticket purchase, you can reach out to Bubba Wensink by telephoner at 613-330-0474 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The teams are scheduled to warm up at 8 p.m., followed by the opening puck drop at 8:30 p.m.
The non-contact game at the Glengarry Sports Palace will be the first action of the season for both club, as regular play remains on hold.
Local curling clubs are working towards reopening this fall or winter in a challenging environment due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Lancaster and District Curling Club set a goal of 80 full-time paid members registered by October 15. Club president James Doonan made the announcement to members via e-mail, with a post added to the LDCC Facebook page.
“The Board of the Lancaster District Curling Club has decided on a path forward for this season; our decision was made after reviewing the [member] survey results, the recommendations of the COVID committee, recommendations from the various curling associations at the federal and provincial level, and, finally, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.”
The number of 80 full memberships was determined to offset start-up, ice installation, and operational costs at the club.
Should things get underway, a number of strict rules will be enacted to govern usage of the facility and game play.
Masks will be required in all common areas such as the bar, washrooms, entry. Masks will not be mandatory on the ice once play has started but are encouraged throughout.
The bar will be limited to 1 or 2 post-game drinks. Players must leave before the following game finishes as only two teams will be allowed upstairs at any one time. Masks are not required while drinking/eating.
All equipment must be sanitized when you arrive at the club.
Only players scheduled for a game on any given evening will be allowed in the club and only during the time approximately 15 minutes before the game.
Every player will be required to sign in when they play and be subject to this information being shared with government authorities should they have to perform a contact trace exercise.
We will no longer store equipment at the club. Brooms, shoes, slider/grippers, stabilizers, sticks will need to be taken home. The club is working on a plan to have low-cost purchase or rental units available for sticks and stabilizers.
The Timbits and Junior programs run on the weekends will be suspended until further notice.
On September 12, the Maxville Mustangs of the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League (senior ‘A’) held a golf tournament, with a portion of the proceeds going to support the North Glengarry Fire Department, Station 3 in Maxville.
From the tourney, the team was able to donate $600 to the fire station.
Representatives of the Mustangs visited the station on September 21 to present the donation cheque.
On the player signing front, the Stangs recently inked a pair of impact skaters.
Philippe Pelletier Leblanc, a 23-year-old left-winger from Gatineau, played his junior hockey in la belle province, skating in the QMJHL and QJAAAHL. Afterwards, he was a member of teams in France and CIS (Canadian university, now U-Sports). Last season, he was with the Maniwaki Forestiers of the LHSAO. He’s billed as a”very fast and skilful forward” with a fine “scoring touch.”
Dominik Blain-Dupuis also last skated for the Maniwaki Forestiers. His hockey career includes stints in Quebec major junior and ‘AAA’ junior. He’s tagged as a “quick player with a good vision” who brings “a winning attitude” and “some toughness.”
The Mustangs compete in the EOSHL, which is looking to begin its second season soon. Nearby rivals includes the Glengarry Pipers (Alexandria) and the Cornwall Prowlers.
It may be to off-season for hockey, but there is plenty teams must do off the ice to get ready for a new campaign. Case in point is the Maxville Mustangs of the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League (senior ‘A’) which has been signing players and preparing for its find-raising golf tournament.
On the signing front, the team recently announced the inking of Philippe Pelletier Leblanc and Dominik Blain Dupuis.
Pelletier Leblanc, a forward, hails from Gatineau. Last season, he skated with the Maniwaki Forestiers of the LHSAO, notching 39 points in 21 games. He’s noted as a “fast and skilful forward.” The 23-year-old’s hockey career includes stints in the QMJHL, U-Sports, and even overseas in France.
Another forward, Blain Dupuis also calls Gatineau home and was a member of the Forestiers for the 2019-20 campaign. His point total last year was 31 in 21 games played. Prior to his time in the LHSAO, the 22-year-old skated in the QMJHL (Halifax and Gatineau) and the QJAAAHL (Gatineau). He’s billed as “a quick player with a good vision.”
Golf tournament September 12 to support the fire department
On September 12, the Maxville Mustangs will hold a charity golf tournament, with half of the proceeds from the event going to the North Glengarry Fire Department – Station 3.
Traditionally at the time of year in the county, we would be getting ready to celebrate the latest crop of inductees to the Glengarry Sports Hall of Game, but alas, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that isn’t happening.
The five inductees – Barb Benton, Glen Campbell, Heather MacLeod, Michael Robertson, and Corey Van Loon – from this year will officially be recognized at a celebration next year, scheduled for August 18, 2021, in Maxville.
I am told that there will be no additional inductees next year, as there are no plans to make the 2021 event a double bill.
The hall typically publishes biographies of each of the inductees in the lead-up to the event, and these articles are scheduled to be revealed the the public next spring.