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It’s official: there will be no 2020 CFL season

On the heels of an announcement that our federal government would not provide an interest-free loan to the Canadian Football League in order to pave the way to an abbreviated 2020 season to be held in Winnipeg, the CFL today officially announced there will be no games this year and that they will now focus on 2021.

The cancellation of yet another league’s football season adds to the list this year, as one-by-one associations have cancelled play due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Locally, as previously reported on this website, we have seen the cancellation of spring youth football, the province-wide OFC league, and NCAFA (fall tackle football). Nationally, university football has pre-emptively been cancelled in three of four associations (Ontario, West, and Atlantic).

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“The Canadian Football League is shifting its focus to 2021 and beyond after deciding not to play a shortened season this Fall.”

CFL announcement, 17 August 2020

The CFL’s commissioner, Randy Ambrosie, was quoted in the league’s announcement, saying, “Our league governors decided today it is in the best long-term interests of the CFL to concentrate on the future. We are absolutely committed to 2021, to the future of our league, and the pursuit of our vision of a bigger, stronger, more global CFL.”

The CFL’s key point of revenue generation is ticket sales, so that means fans in the seats, something that isn’t in the cards for this year. The league had been exploring a plan to play all games in Winnipeg, without fans in attendance, and was looking for some help from the federal government, in the form of a loan to do so. Word came out over the weekend that the loan application had been rejected.

Eastern Ontario’s entry in the CFL, the Ottawa RedBlacks, announced on Twitter, “Our sights are now set on the 2021 Season. Nous regardons maintenant vers la saison 2021.”

On a positive note, there are plans locally for some football, though, as the Cornwall Wildcats have put together a fall flag football program for youth.

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New Glens head coach gets his first on-ice session with players

On Sunday in Ottawa, first-year Alexandria Glens head coach Carl Robillard got his first opportunity to work with a number of his players and prospects, as the junior ‘B’ hockey club held its first summer workout session of 2020.

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While there has been plenty of off-ice hockey business since the 2019-20 season ended in late February, the COVID-19 pandemic shelved plans for any official team functions, until last week, when Ontario government and Hockey Canada restrictions were loosened.

Robillard was named to the post of head coach for the Glens in late May. Since then, general manager Derick Viau has added to the staff, pegging David Morash and Jason Bélanger as assistant coaches of the team for the 2020-21 season.

On the player side, Viau has been busy signing individuals, including goaltender Tanner Gillies, who hails from Orleans. The 2003-born player, backstopped the Navan Grads U18 ‘AAA’ team last season, recording a 2.78 goals-against average.

The general manager has also announced the signing of two defencemen, Tanner Legue (also with the U18 Grads last winter) and Braden Legue (who’s returning to the Glens for a second campaign). The Legue boys, aged 17 and 19 respectively, are brothers, hailing from Green Valley.

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Hockey training in Ottawa for the Alexandria Glens, June 28. (Glens photo)

Another blueliner inked this spring by Viau is Patryk Kostrzewa. The 18-year-old D-man skated for the U18 Ottawa Jr. Senators U18 ‘AAA’ squad last season.

On the trade front, Reese Donnelly was dealt to the Winchester Hawks to complete a multi-player transaction from November 30, 2019. The 18-year-old forward from Orleans split the 2019-20 junior ‘B’ hockey season between the Char-Lan Rebels and their northern cousins, recording 13 points in 34 games.

Meanwhile, the Glens welcomed, from the Hawks, a new forward, as 2001-born Kyle Green was picked up. The Clarence native had 14 points in 44 games with the Winchester club last winter.

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Members of the junior ‘B’ Alexandria Glens work out on the ice in Ottawa, on June 28. (Glens photo)

Coach Robillard tells me that he was pleased with Sunday’s first skate, adding that there was a bit of rust on the boys due to the long layoff from skating. He plans to make this a weekly event, leading up to the late-August training camp.

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Le Relais honours two special athletes

As part of the school’s year-end awards, École secondaire catholique Le Relais honoured two special athletes: Eric Cumberbatch and Jimmy Berry.

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Cumberland, who is graduating this month and set to attend the Unversity of Ottawa this fall where he has been recruited as a member of the football team, received Le Relais’ Excellence in Sports Senior Award. The multi-sport athlete excelled in track (qualifying for OFSAA three years in a row), basketball, and volleyball.

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The Excellence in Sports Junior Award went to grade 10 student-athlete Berry, who is a strong member of Les Rapides teams in soccer, basketball, volleyball, and track.

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Williamstown runner completes virtual marathon

Williamstown’s Wendell Lafave, a marathoner who’s completed runs in every Canadian province, every U.S. state, and many other places around the world (including Antarctica), finished the Ottawa Virtual Marathon on Sunday.

The event was organized following last month’s cancellation of Race Weekend in the nation’s capital due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual Ottawa Marathon is a popular course for many from our region, with some using it as a qualifier for the storied Boston Marathon. The Boston run, along with the St. Lawrence Marathon (Cornwall) are among other 2020 events that have been cancelled.

As described on the Ottawa Virtual Marathon website, organizers have chosen to go virtual this year, extending the participation opportunity through to September 7.

“CANADA’S BIGGEST MARATHON WEEKEND HAS GONE VIRTUAL!”

Athletes are encouraged to “run your race at your pace while adhering to the physical distancing guidelines provided by your local public health agencies … Ottawa Virtual Race Weekend 2020 participants will receive all the amenities of a live, in-person event: a customizable race bib, commemorative finisher medal and T-shirt, option to upload finish times to the Sportstats results platform, plus a few surprises from our event partners.”

Participants will also receive a 50 percent entry fee reduction for the 2021 run, which hopefully will return to the streets of Ottawa.

In addition to the marathon distance, there are shorter runs available (half marathon, 10 km, 5 km, 2 km), as well as a kids run of 1.2 km.

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Mulhearn reaches junior A hockey milestones

The Ottawa Jr. Senators of the CCHL recently acknowledged milestones achieved by Ethan Mulhearn, who hails from Williamstown.

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Twitter graphic from the Ottawa Jr. Senators of the CCHL

The 19-year-old forward has played in 53 games with the Sens this season, notching 17 goals and 24 assists, along with 70 penalty minutes.

His junior ‘A’ hockey career began in the 2015-16 season, where he skated in three games for the CCHL Cornwall Colts. Much of that winter was played with the U18 Colts. Mulhearn went on to play three full seasons with the CCHL Colts.

The Senators are currently in third place in the Yzerman Division, with a record of 27-24-2-0. Mulhearn leads his team in points (41), is tied for first in assists (24), and is third in goals scored (17).

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CCHL selects to take on NCAA hockey team

A select team of junior ‘A’ all-stars will tangle with the NCAA University of Massachusetts Lowell hockey in an exhibition game scheduled for December 29, in Lowell, Mass.

The lone local player names to the CCHL squad is Ethan Mulhearn of Williamstown. He’s playing this season with the Ottawa Jr. Senators. The 19-year-old forward has notched 30 points in 37 games thus far this season.

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CCHL graphic by Mark Kelly

To view the complete roster, please see this link.

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Ethan Mulhearn named to CCHL all-star game

Williamstown’s Ethan Mulhearn, a 19-year-old forward who skates for the Ottawa Jr. Senators, has been selected to play in the CCHL all-star game, which is scheduled to be played tonight, November 18, in Ottawa.

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The forward who previously played for the Cornwall Colts will be part of the Team Yzerman roster. He will be joined by Alex Wisco, Jack Sullivan, Faisal Alsaif, David Lafrance, Tucker McIntosh, Bailey Brant, Jaxon Camp, David Berube, Matt Gasuik, Dovar Tinling, Azzaro Tinling, Cole Craft, Alex Robert, Matthew Vermaeten, Emerick Nadeau, Thomas Freel, Gunnar Smith, Jackson Arcan, Rico Dimatteo, and Tyler Laureault.

Included on the team but not dressing due to injury are Cameron Scrivens, Owen Cole, Luke Grainger, and Tristan Francis.

Team Robinson also includes a familiar name to area hockey fans, as another former Colt, Konnor MacCormick, is included on the roster. He’s currently a member of the Brockville Braves. The Ingleside resident’s all-star squad includes Reece Proulx, Brett Thorne, Elliot McDermott, Liam Markhauser, Jared Patterson, Simon Kerr, Bruce Coltart, Luca Nocita, David Gagnon, Ryland Mosley, Josh Spratt, Paul Larabie, Cameron Hough, Ryan Richardson, Trevor Poeze, Justin McRae, Madoka Suzuki, Cameron Patton, Jake Begley, and Devon Levi.

Named, but not scheduled to dress for the game, are Fletcher Anderson and Nicolas Lariviere.

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Cumberbatch twins commit to University of Ottawa football program

The county’s Cumberbatch twins, Eric and Patrick, have signed letters of intent to join the Gee-Gees football team at the University of Ottawa for the 2020 season, following their graduation from Alexandria’s École secondaire catholique Le Relais next June.

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The Cumberbatch twins in their Wildcats gear

Familiar faces on local football fields, the boys grew up playing the gridiron game for the Glengarry Gaels, then the Cornwall Wildcats, most recently with the Seaway City’s OFC team. The Cumberbatch boys have also suited up for clubs in the national capital region, including the Orleans Raftsmen, which competes in Quebec’s midget league.

Alex Labonte, a member of the Ottawa Gee-Gees coaching staff, was instrumental in the signing, which officially took place at the high school on November 14.

Labonte coached the Cumberbatch twins, who both play the defensive back position, with the Wildcats, describing them as athletic, interchangeable, and exhibiting a similar style of play.

He encouraged senior Gee-Gees coaches to attend Wildcats games to scout the boys, and in time offers were extended to Eric and Patrick.

A signing ceremony in front of the student body included the twins, their parents, Labonte, and other Ottawa coaches.

The Cumberbatch boys have already begun training with the Gee-Gees, travelling weekly, with another recruit from Vankleek Hill, to Ottawa for sessions with the team’s strength and conditioning coach.

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Eric Cumberbatch, left, and Patrick Cumberbatch has signed letters of commitment to join the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees football team starting in the fall of 2020. (Le Relais photo)

The expectation is that they will again play OFC Cornwall Wildcats football in the spring before attending the U-Sports Ottawa Gee-Gees main camp which is scheduled to begin the second week of August.

Yes, you’re seeing double! #GGnation is proud to welcome twins Eric and Patrick Cumberbatch to our program!

Ottawa Gee-Gees football club, on Instagram

As Labonte puts it, the Cumberbatch boys have all the tools to take their play to the next level.

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Williamstown’s Ethan Mulhearn showcased by Ottawa Junior Senators

Earlier this month, Williamstown’s Ethan Mulhearn, a member of the CCHL Ottawa Junior Senators, was profiled on the team’s website as a skater who has earned “a reputation as a tough, hard-working player who was solid at both ends of the ice.”

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Ethan Mulhearn

The 19-year-old product of the Eastern Ontario Wild ‘AAA’ system and the U18 Colts went on to play three seasons with the CCHL Cornwall Colts, recording 93 points in 189 games (regular-season and playoffs).

During the 2018-19 season, Mulhearn was invited to participate in the Eastern Canada Cup, skating for the CCHL Team Yzerman in three games.

So far this fall with the Senators, the 5 ft. 10 in., 161 lb. forward is scoring at roughly a point-a-game pace, with 7 goals, 17 assists, and 34 penalty minutes, in 25 games.

Mulhearn was brought to Ottawa by way of a trade. To read his full profile, follow this link.

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Thomson, Fontaine represent county in JWHL

The Junior Women’s Hockey League’s Ottawa Lady 67’s feature two Glengarrians this season: Hannah Thomson and Bri Fontaine.

For Thomson, a forward, it’s her second year with the squad that travels across North America for league games. As mom Christie puts it, there is a lot of travel, with the girls going to cities such as Winnipeg, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Washington, Pittsburgh, Boston, Stanstead, Buffalo, Stoney Creek, and Burlington.

Last winter, as an alternate captain, Thomson played in 24 games, notching 19 points. This year, she’s be named captain of the Lady 67’s.

In July at the Boston Beantown tournament, the Lady 67’s went as far as the final before bowing out to Team Nova Scotia, an elite provincial squad, in overtime.

Over the Labour Day weekend, the Ottawa squad beat a top-ranked USA team, the Bay Street Breakers, who hadn’t lost in 34 games.

More recently, the Lady 67’s competed in a 64-team tourney, the Stoney Creek University Showcase, going five and 0, before dropping the silver final in a shootout.

Noteworthy amongst the staff, Guy Boucher is an assistant coach this season.

The Ottawa Lady 67’s have and exhibition game scheduled for Saturday, September 21, at Cornwall’s multi-sport complex, versus the Ontario Hockey Academy, starting at 1:30 p.m.

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