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Char-Lan Skating Club active on Williamstown ice

The Char-Lan Skating Club began its 2020-21 season a few weeks ago and hasn’t looked back, as the young skaters continue to develop their skills in weekly sessions on the Williamstown ice.

Check out this glide from one the club’s StarSkaters.

Some of the younger set celebrated Halloween earlier this week.

Operating since 1974, the CLSC this year is offering a learn-to-skate program for teens and adults who have never picked up the activity or need to learn and refine the basics. This is in addition to the club’s full youth program from developmental instruction through to performance figure skating.

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Glens deal Robertson, Veilleux to Rebels for PDF

The Char-Lan Rebels have two new players this week, having received Graham Robertson and Alexim Veilleux from the Alexandria Glens in a trade.

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The EOJHL Glens dealt the duo to their southern rivals in exchange for a player development fee (PDF) and future considerations.

Robertson, who hails from Maxville, is 18-years-old and plays forward. Checking in at 5 ft. 8 in. and 165 lb, the teen started last season with the Rebels before being signed by the Glens. He had one goal in five games with Char-Lan. In Alexandria, Robertson skated in 38 games, notching 15 points. He’s a product of the Seaway Valley Rapids hockey club.

Calling Hawkesbury home, Veilleux started the 2019-20 campaign in the CCHL (junior ‘A’) with the Kanata Lasers, playing five games. He then joined the junior ‘B’ Glens. With the Alexandria squad, he suited up for 37 games, recording 16 points and 240 penalty minutes. The 19-year-old winger is 5 ft. 8in, 150 lb. In all, he played 36 games at the junior ‘A’ level, beginning with a stint two seasons ago as a member of the Cornwall Colts.

On the trade, the Glens organization stated, “We would like to thank Alexim and Graham for their service and wish them the best with Char-Lan.”

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Williamstown’s arena closed on Monday due to employee positive COVID-19 test

On Monday morning, the Township of South Glengarry announced the temporary closure of the arena in Williamstown, along with several other township buildings, in online posts that referenced “health and safety reasons.”

Later in the day, the township clarified.

“Acting under the advice of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, the Township of South Glengarry temporarily closed three of its facilities to the public on Monday, October 19th, 2020. The closures of the Municipal Office, Fire Hall in Lancaster, and the Char-Lan Recreation Centre were a direct result of a positive COVID-19 test of an employee.”

Township of South Glengarry statement

The announcement went on to reassure residents and users of the facilities: “The Township has maintained a strict contact tracing regime for all individuals entering these facilities and all relevant information has been provided to public health authorities for investigation and follow-up. At this time, any person requiring follow-up from the EOHU has been contacted. Township staff have since deep cleaned all of the noted facilities.”

When the arena in Williamstown opened for the season on September 21, strict health protocols were implemented, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Among them was capacity limits, required wearing of a face mask, and signing in for contact-tracing purposes.

The Char-Lan Recreation Centre is slated to reopen “for ice times only” later today (October 20) at 5 p.m.

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Rebels complete sweep of Glens; teams to collide again twice this weekend

Last Saturday in Williamstown, the junior ‘B’ Char-Lan Rebels hosted their first action of the season, skating to a 5-3 victory over the Alexandria Glens, in the second half of back-to-back non-contact scrimmages. With the win, the Rebs completed the weekend sweep of their northern rival, as the teams are set to collide again this weekend.

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The Char-Lan Rebels skate against the Alexandria Glens, in EOJHL exhibition scrimmage action. (Rebels photo)

On the heels of a 3-2 win in Alexandria Friday night, Char-Lan maintained the pressure on the Glens an evening later in Williamstown, opening up a 2-0 lead in the first period, en route to prevailing at the final buzzer 5-3.

Tanner Gillies and William Zhang backstopped the Glens in the loss. Alexandria goals were netted by Nico Pozzebon, Kyle Joly, and Zachary Bigras. Picking up the assists were Nicolas Ouellette, Kyle Green, Tyson Allard, Pozzebon, and Alexandre Saul.

Taran Fiacco scored the game-winner for Char-Lan 14 minutes into the third period, on a power play, set up by Alexxi Paquette and an unidentified player. Cuyler Molinaro iced the victory in the late going, with an unassisted tally.

Earlier goals for the Rebels were scored by Ryan Grant (unassisted), Andrew Dixon (from Joseph Samson and Alexandre Elie) and Samson.

Ceili Picard came into the game midway through, backstopping the win, taking over for a young prospect who started.

“Home it was just nice to be back on home ice!! Call it a game, call it a scrimmage, it’s still the #BattleOfGlengarry. Another tight one! The Rebs take it 5-3! Thanks to the Township of South Glengarry for accommodating our fans tonight! #Safe #socialdistanced #GoRebsGo #EOJHL”

Char-Lan Rebels on Twitter

Here’s a video of the Glens during the warm-up.

Next scrimmages set for October 16, 17

On Friday, the Glens will again host the Rebels, with the teams switching to Williamstown for Saturday night to complete the four-game scrimmage series.

Both games are sold out. Anyone arriving without a ticket will be refused entry due to COVID-19 spectator limits.

The games can be viewed online, with a subscription to Hockey TV.

I am told that after these skates, the teams will focus on independent training and development, as much remains on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roster changes

In other developments, former Rebel Rylan Iwachniuk has been traded from his current team, the CCHL Cornwall Colts, to the Nepean Raiders, also of the region’s junior ‘A’ hockey league. The Raiders also got Jack Parker and a player development fee in the trade, while Cornwall received Tyson Tomasini in return.

Iwachniuk was a mainstay of the Char-Lan lineup last season, skating in 43 games and notching 17 points. The forward who hails from Ingleside is 18 this year.

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Junior B Rebels announce player signings as training camp gets going

The Char-Lan Rebels of the EOJHL opened training camp recently in Finch, with ice unavailable at the team’s home rink in Williamstown. Meanwhile, off the ice, the club was busy signing players for the upcoming (hopefully) season.

A local teen, Andrew Dixon, has committed to the Rebs for the 2020-21 campaign. The 18-year-old forward is a product of the Seaway Valley Rapids ‘AA’ program and was a strong contributor to the squad at Char-Lan High School.

Another signing was Brant Woodside. The 20-year-old has been attending the University of Ottawa the past two years, following stints with the CCHL Cornwall Colts and the U18 Colts. During the 2016-17 season, he captured the HEO championship with his Colts squad.

Woodside was drafted into the CCHL in 2015, 32nd overall by Cumberland Grads.

Char-Lan dropped the puck on its 2020-21 training camp on September 10 in Finch before moving on to sessions in Cornwall. The team is scheduled to hit the ice in Williamstown this week. For more, see this previous Rebels story.

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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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Char-Lan skaters return to the ice in Cornwall

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic curtailed their season, members of the Char-Lan Skating Club returned to the ice, skating at Cornwall’s multi-sport complex.

The StarSkaters group, following health protocols, including physical distancing, worked out for their first session since mid-March.

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Members of the Char-Lan Skating Club return to the ice, skating at Cornwall’s multi-sport complex. (submitted photo)

The club is aiming to see its regular program back in Williamstown, starting September 21, at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre.

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Char-Lan Rebels highlight memorable 1988-89 squad

The 1988-89 edition of the Char-Lan Rebels was a stellar group, highlighted by Kevin Poapst, who led in scoring for a third straight year, with 65 goals and 39 assists.

Competing in the then Eastern Ontario Junior ‘B’ Hockey League, the Rebels were in their heyday, having won their first (and only) league championship banner to cap off the 1985-86 season.

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The Char-Lan Rebels junior ‘B’ hockey team from the 1988-89 season. (submitted photo)

The current club recently shared this photo on social media, as hockey returned to Canada in the form of the restart of the NHL season, with the 2020 playoffs underway in Toronto and Edmonton.

The Rebs, and the rest of the teams in the EOJHL (formerly the CCHL2) are hopeful they will have a season this fall, pending the further loosening of provincial health restrictions.

In case you missed it, Char-Lan’s junior ‘B’ hockey team ended the 2019-20 season by naming its season award winners virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s the story posted at the time.

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Lancaster Curling club bids adieu to long-time member

Coleman MacDonald, a long-time member of the Lancaster and District Curling Club, died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, on June 15.

Coleman MacDonald

The 85-year-old Williamstown resident was predeceased by his wife Joan P. The couple were active at the curling club. Among their contributions over the years, they established the Glengarry Cup, an annual curling challenge with rinks from each of the county’s clubs competing in a friendly rivalry for county curling supremacy.

“Coleman was born at home, on the family farm – one of the few remaining bi-centennial farms in Glengarry. He milked cows with his brother, Mickey, until 2002, and continued to work the land until his passing. Coleman is known for having some of the best yielding crops in the area and was among the first to plant soybeans. Coleman made a lasting impression on those in the agricultural world, especially the young people who worked on the farm. Although he died at the house next to the farm where he was raised, Coleman was fortunate to have travelled throughout his life. He had a passion for curling and took every opportunity to sing its praises to those unfamiliar to the game. For this, he was inducted to the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame. He was proud to tell others of his Scottish heritage and his Glengarry roots. He will be remembered for the sparkle in his eye, the stories and jokes he told, and for his ability to make people smile.”

Except from Coleman MacDonald’s obituary published by Munro & Morris

Mr. MacDonald was inducted into the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame in 2015 when he was recognized for his 52nd consecutive season of curling.

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The Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame’s painting honouring the induction of Coleman MacDonald in 2015.

In his induction biography, Coleman was recognized for his numerous accomplishments in curling: receiving the 40-year pin (in 2012) for participation in the Moose Bonspiel hosted annually by the Alexandria Curling Club where he won all-star skip in 1986, receiving the 20-year pin for participation in the Monctonian Bonspiel which at its peak hosted over 70 teams from eastern Canada and the United States, skipping his Lancaster team at the prestigious Lord Elgin Bonspiel in Montreal a spiel that once hosted over 80 teams, and winning the 11th Annual Moose Bonspiel in 1975 playing third.

Over the years, he also won numerous awards and trophies at various local clubs, including those in Glengarry, Vankleek Hill, Hawkesbury, Brownsburg, and Morrisburg.

In 1997, the Lancaster and District Curling Club granted Mr. MacDonald a lifetime membership, in recognition to his contribution, which included 29 years serving on the executive board.

In his hall of fame induction, Coleman was described as a “popular skip and an excellent ambassador for the sport he’s so passionate about.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a celebration of Coleman MacDonald’s life has been postponed, to be held at some point in the future. A mass of Christian burial was scheduled yesterday, for family and close friends, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Williamstown.

Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Friends of the Ruins, The Bishop’s House St. Raphael’s, or to the Lancaster Curling Club would be appreciated by the family.

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Char-Lan Crusaders recognized with online sports awards ceremony

Char-Lan District High School’s physical education director, Chantal Armstrong, announced the 2019-20 recipients of Crusaders athletics awards via an online ceremony.

Grace Laplante was named the school’s female athlete of the year, while the male award will be shared between Nicholas Oeggerli and Andrew Dixon.

Honoured as senior athletic participants of the year were Duncan McRae and Katherine Thompson.

The most promising grade 9 athletes named were Lila Mines, Grace Rouleau, Daniel Desroches, and Chad Watson.

Char-Lan Lettermen: Logan French and Lilah Mines (grade 9), Connor Spence and Hannah Lamarche (grade 10), Seamus O’Connell and Jorja McLeod (grade 11), and Jake Vanderburg and Jordan Andrews (grade 12).

Individual sports awards: Jordan Andrews (curling sportsmanship, senior girls basketball sportsmanship), Cameron Belisle (novice boys volleyball MVP), Jack Cayer (senior boys volleyball MVP, senior boys basketball MVP), Quinton Claude (junior boys basketball sportsmanship), Andrew Dixon (golf, boys hockey MVP), Robin Donnelly (tennis MVP), Grace Eamer (curling MVP, junior girls basketball sportsmanship), Cole Fournier (tennis sportsmanship), Kaye Fraser (novice girls basketball MVP, novice girls volleyball sportsmanship), Maggie Hope (junior girls basketball MVP, junior girls volleyball MVP), Grace Laplante (tennis MVP, senior girls volleyball sportsmanship, girls hockey sportsmanship), Josh Leduc (junior boys basketball MVP), Kayden MacCrimmon (junior boys basketball sportsmanship), Fiona MacDonald (senior girls volleyball MVP), Duncan McRae (senior boys basketball sportsmanship), Rory McCuaig (novice boys volleyball sportsmanship), Kiaryn McDonald (novice girls basketball sportsmanship), Frances McDonell (junior girls basketball MVP, junior girls volleyball MVP), Nicholas Oeggerli (senior boys volleyball sportsmanship, senior boys basketball MVP, boys hockey sportsmanship), Tessa Ramsey (junior girls volleyball sportsmanship, girls hockey MVP), Bryanna Rombough (novice girls volleyball MVP), Katherine Thomson (senior girls basketball MVP), Chad Watson (junior boys basketball MVP).

With the COVID-19 pandemic shuttering the school from mid-March, other sports, including soccer and track and field were not played this year, so no awards were presented.

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