Embrun resident, an OHL draft pick of the Kitchener Rangers, Jackson Parsons recently worked out virtually with Hockey Canada and has been invited to the organization’s national U17 development camp, set to begin July 19.
In May, he signed an OHL standard player agreement with the Rangers. Parsons was picked in the OHL Priority Selection draft 53rd overall.
The 15-year-old’s junior hockey career began last season, which was split between the U18 Cornwall Colts and the junior ‘B’ Char- Lan Rebels.
The Rangers recently highlighted Parson’s summer on their website, quoting the net minder’s thoughts on his Hockey Canada experience thus far: “All of the important information was made available to us, and it was really valuable. Parsons said. I just looked at the online format as a change. It didn’t necessarily lessen the experience at all.”
Kitchener head coach and general manager Mike McKenzie added, “Every little bit helps, especially with kids at this age, and they learn different things from a lot of people in the hockey world.”
Team staff will be connecting online with all Rangers players, including Parsons, with plans for weekly calls from the coach and “guest speakers.”
In a media release, the Rangers, who picked Parsons in the third-round pick (53rd overall) of the 2020 OHL Priority Selection, confirmed that the net minder has “signed his Ontario Hockey League standard player agreement.”
The team’s general manager, Mike McKenzie, stated, “Jackson is a quick and athletic goalie that had a very good [2019-20] season. He was a guy that was on our radar as one of the top goalies in the draft, and we were extremely excited to draft him and even more excited to see him sign with our team. We would like to welcome Jackson and his family to the Rangers.”
Parsons is 15 years old (he will turn 16 in November) and checks in at 5 ft. 11 in., 185 lb.
Last season, he played three games with the junior ‘B’ Rebels, recording a 2.79 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage. With the U18 Colts, over 23 games, he had a 2.28 GAA and a .929 SVS%.
In the 2017-18 season, he was a member of the ‘AAA’ Eastern Ontario Wild minor bantams (1.96 GAA in 16 games), and during the 2018-19 campaign he was with the CIHA Voyageurs (3.76 GAA over 25 games).
At the conclusion of each junior ‘B’ hockey season, the Char-Lan Rebels CCHL2 hockey club traditionally hosts a year-end awards banquet, but due to COVID-19 concerns, that was not possible this time. Instead, the team wrapped up the campaign with a letter to players and fans online.
Included in the announcement was a list of team award winners for the 2019-20 season.
Owen Carter was named rookie of the year. The 6 ft. 2 in., 220 lb. defenceman from Ingleside logged 39 games and notched 21 points to go along with 107 penalty minutes.
The Sandilands Trophy for sportsmanship and playing ability was awarded to Alexandre Elie, a forward from St. Isidore. In 37 games, the 19-year-old recorded 41 points and 42 PIM.
Blueliner Dillon Spinner was named the recipient of the Kenneth A. MacDonald Award for overall proficiency. The 19-year-old from Fort Covington (New York) scored at a 0.57 points-per-game pace while accruing 54 PIM.
Taran Fiacco, from Cornwall, received the Marc Beaudet Memorial Award as best defensive forward. The 19-year-old, in his second season with the Rebels, played 37 games, recording 11 points and 21 PIM.
The Earle Sandilands Memorial Team Spirit Award is being shared by Rylan Iwachniuk and Paul Waldhauser, both forwards. Iwachniuk, aged 17, and Waldhauser, 18, both hail from Ingleside.
Noah Konink sees his name added to two trophies. He received the Dalton Amell Landscaping award as defenceman of the year and shared the most effective and dedicated player honours. The D-man from Long Sault is 21 years old and is the club’s lone graduating player. In his first full season with the Rebels, Konink played in 35 of the team’s 44 games, scoring 31 points and recording 22 PIM. His contribution included 11 power-play goals.
On the completion of his junior hockey career, team administration stated, “A tip of the cap goes out to our graduating defenceman Noah Konink. Thank you for all your contributions this season. The Rebels were very fortunate to have had you as part of the team.
The other winner of the most effective and dedicated player award was captain Joseph Samson. The Cornwall resident suited up for 40 games, notching 57 points and 108 PIM. His scoring included 10 power-play goals and 2 short-handed.
Samson was also named the recipient of the Robert Curran Memorial Trophy as MVP of the regular season.
Looking back on the 2019-20 CCHL2 campaign that saw Char-Lan finish sixth in the Martin Division, 11 points out of a playoff position, team staff noted it “was a year that began with much promise,” as the Rebels started strong, among the division leaders.
Coming off an exciting playoff run in 2018-19, the team added veterans Joe Samson and Noah Konink to a strong returning core, including Liam MacDonald, Taran Fiacco, and Dillon Spinner. We welcomed first-year players Owen Carter, Rylan Iwachniuk, Paul Waldhauser, and Kale MacCormick, as graduates of the U18 [Cornwall] Colts and Tim Cook from a USA high school. Jeff Carter [the team’s coach and general manager] made a few shrewd moves throughout the season, adding talented players Alexandre Elie, Hunter MacPherson, and Lochlan MacDonald via trade and re-acquiring Isaac Testani from the [CCHL] Cornwall Colts. We juggled six new faces through the crease, but eventually saw the emergence of promising young goaltender Ceili Picard. We also saw several affiliates make impacts in their debut.s. Unfortunately, the injury bug took its toll on key players like MacCormick, Parker Tallman, and Shane Gaudreau in a season that saw no player able to play all 44 games. While we fell short of the goal of making the playoffs, we made some definite progress. The future of the Char-Lan Rebels looks bright.
Char-Lan Rebels letter to players and supporters
The club extended a special thank you to Jeff Carter, assistant coach Kevin MacCormick, and trainer Dylan Seguin for their contributions through the season.
Lochlan MacDonald and Cuyler Molinaro scored the Char-Lan goals, with assists to Jacob Esdale, Joseph Samson, and Justice Brownlee.
Jackson Parsons and Ceili Picard split goaltending duties for the game, each playing approximately 30 minutes and charged with three goals.
The Rebels’ final record is 20 wins, 21 regulation losses, and 3 overtime/shootout defeats, for 43 points and sixth place in the Martin Division. Char-Lan missed the playoffs by 11 points, with Winchester taking the final spot for post-season action.
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Char-Lan’s top point-getter was Samson, who had 57. He also led in goals, assists, and points per game. No Rebels played in all 44 games; the closest was Rylan Iwachniuk, who suited up for 43. Hunter MacPherson played 42 games, between his time with the Alexandria Glens and the Rebels.
Liam MacDonald earns league recognition
Rebel Liam MacDonald was named the CCHL2 second star for the week ending February 23.
The 19-year-old from Dunvegan had his first career hat trick and notched 8 points during the week.
MacDonald’s effort extended his point-scoring streak to five games (6 goals, 4 assists).
On the season, the forward skated in 37 games with the Rebels, scoring at a point-a-game pace. He recorded 16 goals and 21 assists in his second season with Char-Lan.
The league announcement, including details on the other stars of the week, can be read here.
The 2019-20 CCHL2 season for the Char-Lan Rebels will conclude tonight, when the team skates on the road against the playoff-bound Winchester Hawks. Game time at the Winchester Community Centre is set for 8:15 p.m.
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Char-Lan won its home-ice finale Tuesday night against the very same Hawks, rebounding from a two-goal deficit to score five unanswered and extend the Rebels winning streak to four games.
Despite skating hard and carrying the play through the first period of their February 25 contest at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre, the Rebels found themselves trailing 1-0 at the first intermission.
At the 5:20 mark of the second stanza, Winchester scored again, but the Hawks would be shut down from that point onward.
Late in the period, with 1:25 left, Alexandre Elie got Char-Lan on the board, assisted by Ryan Grant and Isaac Testani. Thirty-five seconds later, Cuyler Molinaro potted the equalizer, set up by Elie and Parker Tallman.
The Rebels took control in the third, as Noah Konink scored a natural hat trick. Assists went to Testani (2), Elie, Paul Waldhauser, Justice Brownlee, and Tallman.
Goaltender Summy Mughal started the game, switching at the midpoint with Ceili Picard. Together, they combined for 27 saves, while Char-Lan snipers had 33 shots at the Winchester net.
Konink, with his three goals, was named the game’s first star. Testani, with three assists, was tagged as second star.
Char-Lan went three-for-six on the power play, while the Rebels penalty killers grounded the Hawks through seven opportunities.
The CCHL2 (junior ‘B’ hockey league) today announced its all-star selections.
Joseph Samson, of the Char-Lan Rebels, was named a forward on the second all-star team. The 20-year-old, who is eligible for another season of junior next winter, enters play tonight tied league-wide in goals for 10th place, with 26.
He leads his team in points (56), goals, assists (30), and points-per-game (1.44).
The Cornwall resident has played in 39 games for Char-Lan and is not unfamiliar with the sin bin, having taken 102 penalty minutes thus far. His junior hockey career formerly saw him skate in the CCHL (junior ‘A’) with the Cornwall Colts and Kemptville 73’s.
Char-Lan’s CCHL2 regular season is nearly over, with just two games remaining, both against the Winchester Hawks.
The first, which will be the Rebels’ last home game of the season, is set for tonight, February 25, starting at 8 p.m., at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre in Williamstown. The boys are also booked to play February 28 in Winchester, at 8:15 p.m.
Char-Lan is riding a three-game winning streak entering play this evening, while the Hawks are coming off a lopsided loss in Westport.
Winchester is playoff-bound, holding the final post-season position in the Martin Division, and will play the Casselman Vikings in round 1. The Rebels are 11 points behind the Hawks in the standings.
Last season, Char-Lan took on the Alexandria Glens in the first round of the playoffs, before bowing out in the second round in a four-game sweep by the Ottawa Jr. Canadians, who went all the way to the CCHL2 finals, where they fell to the Perth Blue Wings.
Prior to the Saturday, February 22 CCHL2 hockey game at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre in Williamstown, there will be a pair of high school contests, as the Rebels host teams from Char-Lan DHS and Holy Trinity CSS.
The girls game featuring the Falcons and Crusaders will start at 5 p.m. Holy Trinity completed the SDGAA league regular season in third place, with 8 games played and a record of 4 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie, while Char-Lan ended up fourth, having played 10 games and a record of 2-7-1.
At 6 p.m., the boys will take over the ice. Char-Lan completed the regular season in second place, percentage points out of top spot, with 10 games played and a record of 8-1-1. Holy Trinity finished fourth, with 9 games played on a record of 2-7-0.
These exhibition games in Williamstown will serve as a showcase of the calibre of local high school hockey, as well as a tune-up for playoff action, as the teams are all set to skate in the SDGAA playoff tournaments, slated for early March.
For more background on the Battle of Glengarry featuring the CCHL2 Alexandria Glens and Char-Lan Rebels, please see this post. The junior ‘B’ hockey game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. start.
With 10 days of play remaining in the CCHL2 regular season, the Char-Lan Rebels remain in a playoff position, currently holding down sixth spot in the Martin Division with a six-point advantage over the Richmond Royals.
The Rebs, along with their northern cousins the Alexandria Glens, have been busy on the ice of late, largely due to make-up games squeezed into the schedule.
Char-Lan enters the second last weekend of the season having played three games in four nights, capped off by Tuesday’s home-ice win over the Glens, 3-2 in overtime.
Alexandre Elie potted the game-winner 1:43 into the extra session, set up by Isaac Testani and Noah Konink. The victory marked the third this season for the Rebels over the Glens in three tries. The teams are scheduled to play once more, on Saturday night in Williamstown.
Elie, who formerly played in Alexandria, opened the scoring for Char-Lan in the February 18 contest, assisted by Joseph Samson and Rylan Iwachniuk, with 29 seconds remaining in the first frame.
The Glens drew even and then took the lead, as Jacob Lefebvre and Nico Pozzebon tallied goals in the second stanza. Pozzebon assisted the former along with Zachary Power, who had the lone helper on the go-ahead marker.
At the 15:43 mark, Iwachniuk potted the equalizer, making it a 2-2 game. Assisting were Owen Carter and Liam MacDonald.
There was no scoring in the third period.
Char-Lan goaltender Summy Mughal was named first star, credited with 41 saves. Elie took second-star honours, with Alexandria’s Graham Robertson named third star.
The Glens and Rebels will next collide at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre in Williamstown, on Saturday, February 22, starting at 8 p.m. The contest will be preceded by an exhibition of high school hockey, with teams from Char-Lan DHS and Holy Trinity CSS playing. The girls are set for a 5 p.m. start, with the boys on the ice at 6 p.m. See this post for more details.
Char-Lan’s other action last weekend saw the team lose 5-3 on home ice versus the Ottawa West Golden Knights and win 7-4 on the road against the Richmond Royals.
In the defeat to the Knights, Rebels affiliated player Nolan MacMillan scored his first career CCHL2 goal.
Next weekend, Char-Lan will conclude regular-season play with back-to-back contests against the Winchester Hawks, Friday on the road and Saturday (February 28) in Williamstown.
The Alexandria Glens enter this weekend coming off playing five games in six nights, which ended with the aforementioned OT loss to the Rebels on Tuesday.
The team’s hectic stretch began February 13 on the road, where the Glens fell 7-5 to Ottawa West. The next night, in Alexandria, the Casselman Vikings prevailed 6-4. Last Saturday saw the boys win 7-5 in Athens, and on Sunday they were defeated 6-4 in Embrun.
In a highlight of the results for the Glens, Alexandria’s Zachary Power was named the league’s first star for the week ending February 16. His effort included 11 points and his first career four-point game (versus Embrun). The Rockland native, who joined the team in December, has 12 goals and 12 assists, in 17 games.
The Glens have known for a while that they will be missing out on the CCHL2 playoffs this year, holding down the basement position.
Tonight, February 21, the team is booked to play in Winchester, and tomorrow in Williamstown. The Glens will conclude the 2019-20 campaign on home ice at the Glengarry Sports Palace, on Tuesday, February 25, hosting the Athens Aeros at 8:30 p.m.