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Glengarry Pipers continue preparation for inaugural senior A hockey season

The Alexandria-based Glengarry Pipers haven’t let the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic stop preparations for an inaugural campaign in the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League (senior ‘A’), with player signings and on-ice workout sessions continuing through the summer, as the club looks forward to camp in September and competition to begin in October.

Today, the team announced a trade with Cornwall’s club, the Prowlers.

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The Glengarry Pipers acquired forward Kenny Neil from the Cornwall Prowlers in exchange for defenceman Layne Riley and a third-round pick in the 2021 EOSHL draft. (submitted photos)

Amongst other recent news, the team signed 6 ft. 4 in. forward Michael Zollo. The 34-year-old from LaSalle, Quebec, spent last season in la belle province’s senior league, the LHSAAAQ.

Last month, the Pipers, led by general manager Jamie Lavigne, signed Marc-Antoine Pilon, who is billed as a “smooth-skating defenceman who sees the ice well and can put up decent numbers.” Pilon is 28 and played last season with the Waterloo Maroons, which compete in a Montreal-area senior league.

Other earlier signings included forward Kalem Sigsworth, goaltender Brandon Billie, forward Luca Ciale (who formerly played for the junior ‘B’ Alexandria Glens), goaltender Alain Ravary (who last season backstopped the Maxville Millionaires), local forward Connor MacLeod, centreman Bruce Best (who local hockey followers may recall from his time with the Glens, Rebels, and Hawks), and Miguel Poissant (who is pegged as the team’s captain).

The team has also announced a number of familiar local names who are slated to be part of the Pipers for the 2020-21 season. Among them are Brad Gabbour, Kole Beaton, Liam Vipond, Austin Ladouceur, Erik Just, and Ryan Allen. Others on the roster include Ethan Scott, Neil Chabot, Mario Duquette, Julien Machabee, and Will Simpson.

The Prowlers’ first official act as a team was participation in the league’s expansion draft, which I wrote about in this post.

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2020 draft announcement by the Glengarry Pipers of the EOSHL.

That was followed by the EOSHL draft, where the Pipers picked Miguel Poissant, Jakob Brunette, and Kevin Howson.

In addition to the Glengarry Pipers, the region’s senior ‘A’ hockey league also features the Maxville Mustangs (formerly the Millionaires), the defending-champion Cornwall Prowlers, the West Carleton Rivermen (last season’s top regular-season team), the Deseronto Bulldogs, the Frontenac Phantoms (another new entrant), and the Smiths Falls Rideaus (also new for the 2020-21 season).

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Pipers picks: Alexandria-based senior A hockey team takes four in expansion draft

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.

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Glengarry Pipers graphic

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.

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Senior A hockey league’s newest teams set for expansion draft

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.

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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.

Main Draft

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:

  1. Smith Falls
  2. Glengarry
  3. Frontenac
  4. Maxville
  5. Deseronto
  6. Cornwall
  7. West Carleton
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Cornwall Prowlers

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 cornwallprowlers@gmail.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

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New Alexandria-based team joins EOSHL as part of 2020 expansion

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.

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Pipers jersey mock-up

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.”

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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.

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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.

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