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Summerstown Trails host ski-walking clinics

Offering a mix of exercises, fitness training, an introduction to the Summerstown Trails, and preparation for winter skiing, the Friends of the Summerstown Trails (FOTST) are offering clinics in ski-walking.

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Participants at the first ski-walking session, hosted at the Summerstown Trails. (FOTST photo)

Some 30 individuals took part in the first event on September 13 under the direction of instructor René Sauvé.

The group was keen to ensure that “All health measures were followed, with people wearing masks during the intro part, and keeping physically-distanced.”

The one-hour sessions are held each Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m., rain or shine, at the Summerstown Trails, which are located at 6150 County Road 27 (Summerstown Road), north of Summerstown Station and the 401 interchange.

For more information, see this page on the FOTST website or send an e-mail at summerstowntrails@gmail.com

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Alexandria Glens hold training camp in Hawkesbury

The Alexandria Glens held their 2020-21 training camp in Hawkesbury over the weekend, as head coach Carl Robillard put his signees and prospects through their paces.

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Skaters on the ice at the Alexandria Glens training camp. (photo courtesy of Alexandria Glens)

General manger Derick Viau tells me there was a solid turnout of 52 hockey players at the September 18-20 camp, held at the Robert Hartley Sports Complex.

Following the conclusion of the sessions, Robillard took to Twitter, posting, “Well, that concludes our 2020-2021 training camp. What an incredible turn out and battles at every positions. Very hard decisions made with more to come. Glens Fans … get ready to cheer on a very fast and talented hockey team. Cannot wait to get this started.”

This season marks Robillard’s first as the Glens bench boss. He is also head coach of the Eastern Ontario Wild ‘AAA’ U15 (formerly called major bantam) team.

For more on Alexandria’s junior ‘B’ team, see this previous post. I also have a story about the Wild here.

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Junior B Glens seek billet families, announce player signings

Would you have space to house a member of the Alexandria Glens junior ‘B’ hockey team for the 2020-21 season? If so, the team would like to hear from you, and you will be compensated for “opening up your home to our players.”

To express your interest or for further information, please contact the team’s general manager, Derick Viau, at info@alexandriaglens.com or via the Glens’ Facebook page.

As head coach Carl Robillard puts it, “Please support our community team and become an away-from-home family for these young athletes looking for an opportunity to develop and play the sport they love while working towards online school.”

On the player front, Viau recently announced two further signings.

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Keyshawn Francis (submitted photos)

Gatineau’s Keyshawn Francis played with the LHPS École Mont-Bleu last season, notching 14 points in 21 games. The 18-year-old is a forward.

Another forward signed is Alexandre Saül. Hailing from Montreal, he skated for the USHS North Yarmouth Academy last winter. The 18-year-old checks in at 6 ft. 3 in., 190 lb. Last year, he scored 11 points in 33 games at the US prep school.

Looking ahead, the Glens have joined the Char-Lan Rebels in a golf tournament, set for September 12, in Lancaster.

The 2020-21 team camp is scheduled to run September 18-20, in Hawkesbury. “Attending a Main Camp is the first step in becoming a Glens player and competing in the EOJHL. Our coaching and scouting staff use these camps to evaluate new talent that will compete to join our team for the upcoming season and to build new relationships with future prospects.”

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Junior B Char-Lan Rebels set camp start for Thursday, announce captain

The 2020 training camp for the Char-Lan Rebels of the EOJHL is scheduled to begin on September 10, on the ice at the Finch arena.

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Prospective players are invited to pre-register online here.

The team invites “All 16- to 20-year-old players … to come try out.”

The opening training camp session is slated for Thursday, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Finch. Workout number two is booked for Cornwall’s multi-sport complex, on September 17 (6:30 to 8 p.m.). Training will continue three days later, also in Cornwall (1 to 2:30 p.m.), with two further sessions planned for the Rebels’ home rink in Williamstown, on September 22 and 26 (times to be confirmed).

Jeff Carter serves as the team’s head coach.

On the player front, the club announced that Joseph Samson has committed to returning for the upcoming season and will serve as Char-Lan captain. He led last year’s squad, scoring 26 goals and 31 assists.

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Photo collage highlighting Char-Lan Rebels captain Joseph Samson. (Rebels photos)

On Saturday (September 12) the Rebels are joining with county cousins the Alexandria Glens for a golf tournament to be held at Lancaster’s Heritage Golf Club. For details, please see this previous story.

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AAA hockey focuses on development, as league play remains on hold

It may be summer, but some hockey players returned to the ice this month, including members of the Eastern Ontario Wild ‘AAA’ organization, which has been holding development sessions as league play remains uncertain.

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The major bantam ‘AAA’ Eastern Ontario Wild are holding on-ice training sessions, under the direction of head coach Carl Robillard (Yes, he is also head coach of the junior ‘B’ Alexandria Glens).

Under current Hockey Canada guidelines and health authority restrictions, Eastern Ontario’s ‘AAA’ hockey league is allowing clubs to conduct “conditioning and development sessions throughout August [to conclude] with an invitation to 17-22 players per age group to form a bubble starting in September.”

According to the plan for the Eastern Ontario Wild club, “This bubble will then continue development until such time as HEO (and other authorities having jurisdiction) allow five-on-five traditional programming. The range of 17-22 participants is based on the maximum allowable on-ice participants in the various facilities in HEO territory. The E.O. Wild does not have the capacity to develop more players per level due to facility restrictions and availability of ice in the region.”

The objective of the bubble program will be to focus on continued development of players this fall until such time as regular game play is permitted.

The Wild ices teams at the major bantam (now officially being called U15), minor bantam (U14), and major peewee (U13). Coaches, respectively, are Carl Robillard, Chris Martin, and Dave Byrne. The club draws players from Cornwall, Akwesasne, Glengarry, Prescott-Russell, Cumberland, and Russell.

Moving forward, the club aims to hold, once traditional programming is permitted to resume, “a coordinated tryout open to all players, including those not part of the player E.O. Wild bubbles, to create our rostered teams.”

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Hawks, Glens postpone 2020 hockey training camps

With ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic and despite the province loosening healthy restrictions, two local junior hockey teams, the Hawkesbury Hawks and the Alexandria Glens, have announced the postponement of planned summer camps.

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The junior ‘A’ Hawks, which play in the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) had planned for a camp in June, postponing that to July. Once again, though, the club has been forced into another delay, now scheduling its 2020 training camp for August 21 to 23, in Hawkesbury.

The camp, to be held at the Robert Hartley Complex, is open to hockey players with 2000-04 birth years, with the Hawks “looking to fill 5-6 forward positions, 3-4 defence positions, and 1 goalie position.”

Further information and a registration form can be found on the team’s website here.

As for the Glens, the team had slated its 2020 training camp for August, at the Glengarry Sports Palace in Alexandria. However, last week the club announced a deferral: “Unfortunately, we must announce the postponement of our Main Camp to Friday, September 18th, in Alexandria.”

Prospective players are invited to register at the portal here.

For more background on the off-season for Alexandria’s junior ‘B’ hockey team, please see this earlier post.

Last Sunday, new head coach Carl Robillard engaged a number of prospects in on-ice drills at a rink in Ottawa, part of a series of summer training sessions being run in accordance with current COVID-19 protocols.

Glens on the ice in Ottawa. (submitted photo)
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Glengarry Gaels get some running practice in

Members of the Glengarry District High School Gaels cross-country running team, under the auspices of coach Glen Campbell, have been able to get in some informal, off-season training, in preparation for the fall season.

Campbell assembled training routines for the athletes who are taking it upon themselves to work on their fitness and long-distance running skills.

In high school’s the sport of cross-country running is typically begins shortly after the start of academic year in September, continuing through October. In addition to training at the school, athletes typically run in several optional meets in the fall, in preparation for the SD&G championship meet.

The hope is, this year, that cross-country will be one of the sports still on when/if a regular high school schedule resumes in September.

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Online football training for players and coaches

Ontario Football, along with its partners, has made available a number of online training resources for players and coaches.

The partnership with Jackson Yanchus and 3DownDevelopment provides “online content specific to the Canadian game, encouraging growth for players, coaches, and football fanatics.”

Announced on Monday, the initiative included “content on offence, defence, skill development, drills or tips, and tricks, explains Josh Prior, director of operations for the Ontario Football Alliance.

Here’s a sample video:

All of the videos, with new ones added regularly, can be viewed on the 3DownDevelopment YouTube page.

Specific to coaches, Ontario Football has launched a new NCCP Safe Sport E-Learning course. As of April 1, 2020, this is required training for all coaches working in Sport Canada sanctioned leagues and associations.

The course can be accessed here.

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Internet offers numerous hockey skills videos, tricks to attempt

Hockey players missing the game can find plenty of entertainment, training ideas, and challenges to attempt online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Check out this #HockeyAtHome challenge. Can you do this?

Or what about this one…

Maybe you are up to this challenge…

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If skills development is more what you are looking for, Hockey Eastern Ontario is posting daily drills. Here’s a recent one.

For more of these, follow @HEOhockey on Twitter.

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OFC Wildcats try online video conferencing for training sessions

They may not be able to practise in person at the Cornwall fieldhouse or together on a football field in the Seaway City, but members of the OFC Wildcats football team are finding ways to stay connected online and continue their workouts.

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Wildcats FB/TE coach Alex Zarifi, top left, leads three OFC footballers through workouts online. Clockwise in this screen capture are Nathan Sauve (from Hawkesbury, student at Le Sommet), Schuyler Schellenberg (Tagwi), and Jeremy Hartle (Cornwall, St. Joseph’s).

Using online video conferencing, coaches are connecting with their respective positional players, running them through workouts and providing immediate feedback.

As well, Cornwall gym owner Kyle Labelle has been posting workout videos to the Cornwall Minor Football Facebook page. Here’s a recent one:

Traditionally, at this time of year, players and coaches would be in the latter stages of their indoor training, hoping for fields to be dry enough in the coming days to begin sessions on the outdoor gridiron. The Cornwall Wildcats field an OFC (provincial-level squad for 16- through 19-year-olds) as well as teams in a recreational spring league that interlocks with teams from the Glengarry Gaels program (ages 7 through 15).

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current restrictions, there are no in-person activities permitted. Typically, outdoor season game action begins in late May.

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