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Pipers edge Mustangs in senior hockey scrimmage

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.

Jason Leroux
Jason Leroux dons a Glengarry Pipers jersey. (NGSMHA photo)

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.”

The Glengarry Pipers held a training camp session on October 10 in Alexandria. (Pipers photo)

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.

For more Pipers news, check out this previous post. The team’s captain this season has been announced as Miguel Poissant.

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.

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NGS minor hockey announces player of the week, dropping puck on very different season

The North Glen-Stor Minor Hockey Association recently announced its player of the week, an initiative to celebrate the skaters within the organization in what is a very different kind of season for the sport.

NGS Minor Hockey
NGS Minor Hockey Association graphic

The latest honoree is Xavier Gauthier, a first-year member of the U9 group (novice) this season. According to the announcement, the youngster attends École La Source and “is fast on his skates and has a shot that can’t miss. Xavier loves playing hockey games, and with all the amazing development he’s getting this year with NGS coach Greg Claus, he’s sure to be a force to be reckoned with once he faces his opponents later this season. Xavier credits his love of the game to his amazing coaches, coach Mitch, coach Jeff, and of course, coach Dad (Denis Gauthier).”

Be sure to check out the NGSMHA Facebook page for more news and future players of the week.

Like all minor hockey associations, this fall has seen numerous changes to operations, primarily due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The fall schedule is one of training and development, with all activities centred at the rink in Finch. There are no games permitted. As well, there are strict health and safety protocols in place.

Traditionally, NGS activities are split between ice surfaces in Finch and Maxville, and teams would play league games against squads from across the region, in one of two leagues, the Lower St. Lawrence Minor Hockey League or the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League. The hope is that “normal” operations can resume come January.

NGSMHA photo

Another change taking effect this year is the name applied to each level of play. Gone are words such as atom and midget, replaced with age-level designations.

  • Midget is now U18
  • Bantam is now U15
  • Peewee is now U13
  • Atom is now U11
  • Novice is now U9
  • Initiation program (IP) now now U7
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NGS Braves minor hockey recognizes award winners ‘virtually’

On March 14, the hockey season came to an abrupt end across the country, as Hockey Canada announced the immediate suspension of all activities in response to health advice related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Amongst the groups affected was the North Glen-Stor Minor Hockey Association, which saw games cancelled, and eventually the remainder of the playoff season. Along with that came the cancelling of the traditional end-of-season celebration, where awards are handed out. So for 2020, the honourees were recognized virtually.

Using the group’s Facebook page, players and volunteers across the association were honoured.

Here are the special award recipients (NGSMHA graphics)…

NGS award
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