Last evening, the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League (senior ‘A’) held an expansion draft for the three new teams to begin play this fall. Among them is the Glengarry Pipers, based at Alexandria’s Glengarry Sports Palace.
With the second overall selection, the Pipers picked Neil Chabot, who last season was a member of the EOSHL-championship-winning Cornwall Prowlers.
Glengarry’s second selection saw Brandon Billie added to the fold. He was with the West Carleton Rivermen for the 2019-20 season, where his now-former team was the playoff runner-up.
Mark Pearl, formerly with the Maxville team, was the Pipers’ third-round selection, and Maxime Bonin, from the Prowlers, was Glengarry’s fourth man added to the roster.
Frontenac Phantoms picks were Matt Wilson, Ryan Carisse, Blade Grigg, and Hayden Ford.
Chosen by the Smiths Falls Rideaus were Greg Harding, Thank you Power, and Joey Driscoll.
The main EOSHL draft is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, and will involve all seven franchises.
The Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League (senior ‘A’) expansion draft is scheduled for tonight, May 5, beginning at 8 p.m. It will be conducted remotely, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Three new teams – the Glengarry Pipers (Alexandria), the Frontenac Phantoms (Godfrey), and the Smiths Falls Rideaus – are joining the EOSHL for the league’s second season, set to take to the ice this fall.
The expansion draft will have four rounds, with the clubs selecting in the following order: Frontenac, Glengarry, and Smith Falls.
The four original franchises previously each announced their respective 25-man protected lists, leaving five players from each team exposed and available in tonight’s draft.
For background on the Maxville Mustangs, please see this previous post, which includes the team’s list of protected and unprotected players.
To read about the Alexandria-based Glengarry Pipers, please see this story.
The EOSHL is committed to a seven-team schedule for the 2020-21 season, though there is a possibility of one more new franchise joining the fold before play begins. Should that happen, there will be no additional expansion draft; rather, the team will take to the ice with players it signs directly.
The main draft for 2020, involving all seven clubs, is booked for Saturday, May 9, starting at 1 p.m. There will be four rounds, with teams picking in the following order:
The defending-champion Prowlers have been busy of late re-signing players. Among those inked to date are Tristan Perrault-Gagnon, Storm Adams, James Kirkwood, Jesse Fontaine, Dylan Stacey, Devon Burns, Frederick Roy (EOSHL regular-season leader for wins, goals-against average, and save percentage; voted league’s best goaltender for the 2019-20 season), and Marc-Andre Labelle.
Cornwall has scheduled its prospects camp for July 25, at the multi-sport complex, with participants guaranteed two scrimmages and lunch. Pre-registration via e-mail at email@example.com is required.
Prowlers general manager and head coach Mitch Gagne has hired Wayne Disotell as assistant coach, replacing Jamie Lavigne who is now part of the new Glengarry Pipers franchise. Disotell has been involved in senior ‘A’ hockey for the past two seasons. He was with the Prowlers in 2018-19 in the LHSAO and with the Maxville Millionaires last year.
Award-winners from the 2019-20 season:
Brian Landry and Jacob Dawson: co-winners of hardest worker honours
James Kirkwood: top defenceman
Devon Burns and Frederick Roy: co-winners of most dedicated award
Storm Adams: sportsmanlike award
Marc-Andre Labelle: top forward
Marc-Andre Labelle and Frederick Roy: co-winners Prowlers regular-season MVP
Marc-Andre Labelle and Frederick Roy: co-winners Prowlers playoffs MVP
Heading into the second season of the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League, we now know that the region’s senior ‘A’ hockey loop will feature two new franchises, one of them based in Alexandria.
The Glengarry Pipers, as the club will be known, are owned by Ryan McLeod. Jamie Lavigne will serve as general manager and coach. Last season, he was an assistant coach with the championship-winning Cornwall Prowlers.
The Pipers will play out of the Glengarry Sports Palace (Billy Gebbie Arena), in Alexandria.
Lavigne tells me that he has received confirmation from the GSP that they can accommodate the team’s schedule. A future meeting will finalize the details.
The club will be looking for volunteers to help out with ticket sales, provide game-day security, and assist with other tasks to help make competitive senior ‘A’ hockey a success in Alexandria.
“This is my first year acting as a GM for a team so I’m nervous,” Lavigne admits, adding that he is “very confident that we will have a competitive team that will also draw in decent crowds.”
The GM notes that the EOSHL “showcases exceptional hockey,” drawing players with junior hockey experience through to the professional ranks in North America and internationally.
“This is top-calibre hockey, which I found out last year when I was the assistant coach with the championship Cornwall Prowlers. I was given a chance from general manager and head coach Mitch Gagne, and I’m forever grateful.” Lavigne stresses that he gained coaching experience along with an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of how a club at this level operates.
“I’m extremely excited for the season to approach and look forward to seeing the county (Glengarry) come together to support the team and continue to grow the great game.”
In addition to the Pipers, the EOSHL confirms that the North Frontenac Phantoms will join the league for the 2020-21 season. The club will play out of the North Frontenac Community Arena, in Godfrey. The Phantoms are owned and operated by Colton Distefano and his wife, Sydony.
As noted in a separate post, senior ‘A’ hockey will return to Maxville for a second season, under new ownership and with the club renamed the Mustangs.