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CCHL Cornwall Colts set to open training camp on Monday

sean Aug 18, 2017 - 5:46pm

The Cornwall Colts of the CCHL will begin the 26th edition of their training camp on Monday, at Cornwall's multi-sport complex.

More than 40 players are expected to battle over three days looking to earn a spot on the team's 2017-18 junior 'A' roster. Returning players include goalie Liam Lascelle, defencemen Andrew Mercer, Alexander Monteleone, David Poirier and Roddie Sandilands, as well as forwards Konnor MacCormick, Christopher Mammas, Brennan Markell, Justin McRae, Ethan Mulhearn, Keegan Mulhearn, JD Pogue, Vincent Robillard, and Joseph Samson. Newcomers Zachary Cross and Cameron Hebert will also be at training camp.

After on-ice and off-ice sessions Monday and Tuesday, the Colts' annual Blue/White game will take place on Wednesday, August 23 at 7:30 pm.

The Colts exhibition schedule consists of two matches in a home-and-home series with the Trenton Golden Hawks of the OPJHL. Cornwall will host the Golden Hawks on Thursday, August 24 at7:30 pm.

Note, the Colts' exhibition games will be played at Cornwall's multi-sport complex. 

The Colts will travel to Trenton for the return match on Friday, August 25.

On Thursday, August 31 from 4 to 7 pm, the Colts will host their second annual pre-season puck drop party at Shoeless Joe’s, where fans will have the opportunity to meet the players.

The regular season is slated to begin at the league's showcase with a game against Smiths Falls on Saturday, September 2, at 4:45 pm in Ottawa. 

with files from David Murphy

CCHL2 season to open with Sept. 9-10 showcase in Ottawa

sean Aug 2, 2017 - 4:04pm

For the third straight season, the CCHL2 will open its season with a 16-team showcase, in Ottawa, on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10 at the Richcraft Sensplex.

As part of the action, the Alexandria Glens and Char-Lan Rebels will each play a game on each of the days of the showcase. Be sure to check out The Glengarry News for a preview of the season from the perspective of our local clubs.

Aside from opening weekend, the CCHL2 (Eastern Ontario's junior 'B' hockey league) has many other exciting matchups of note throughout the regular season.  

On Tuesday, September 12, the new Carleton Place Jr. Canadians will host the Athens Aeros in their inaugural home opener. Two days later, it's a rematch of the Barkley Cup final series, as the four-time defending champion Casselman Vikings host the Richmond Royals.

On Friday, September 15, the new Embrun Panthers host the Ottawa Canadians in their home opener. The next night, the new Whitewater Kings bring hockey to Cobden, as they open against their closest rival, the Renfrew Timberwolves.  

The CCHL2 regular season will conclude on Sunday, February 25. 

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Alexandria junior B Glens recognize former player to be inducted into Sports Hall

sean Jul 28, 2017 - 4:43pm

The July 26 issue of The Glengarry News includes a feature story about the late Andre Poirier and his 2017 induction into the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame. The junior B Glens recently posted this archive photo onto Facebook.

Realignment of teams, new execs for junior A hockey league

sean Jul 25, 2017 - 1:33pm

A number of changes have come to the CCHL in time for the 2017-18 season, including a reorganization of teams within the two divisions and adjustments to executives of Eastern Ontario's junior 'A' hockey league.

In a July 24 news release, the CCHL announced that the (Steve) Yzerman Division will continue to have the Nepean Raiders, Ottawa Senators, and Cumberland Grads. The new Rockland Nationals (formerly the Gloucester Rangers club) will be added, along with the eastern rival Hawkesbury Hawks and Cornwall Colts.

The (Larry) Robinson Division will see the return of the Brockville Braves, Smiths Falls Bears, Carleton Place Canadians, and Kemptville 73’s, with the Pembroke Lumber Kings and Kanata Lasers rounding out the six teams.

CCHL squads will continue to play a 62-game schedule.

The playoff format remains unchanged, with the top 8 teams qualifying regardless of division standing.

On the executive front, the Central Canada Hockey League announced that Sean Marcellus has been named director of hockey operations. For the past two seasons the Arnprior, Ont. native had been the administration and operations manager, with wide-ranging responsibilities that included CCHL communications, the website, and media platforms to member team services for operations.

The new role will see Marcellus expand his responsibilities in the hockey operations department under the supervision of Commissioner Kevin Abrams.

Carlos Verde joins the CCHL from the university ranks and will assume the media and community relations portfolio from outgoing executive Tony House.

The CCHL executive for the 2017-18 season includes Commissioner and President Kevin Abrams, Senior Vice President & Director of Finance Ted Ward, Statistician & League Records Manager Peter Peckett, Broadcast Manager Whit Prophet ,and Manager of Academic Services Jonathan Calof. Steve Barban returns as the league's Chairman of the Board of Governors.

The puck drops on the CCHL's 56th season on Sept. 2, in Ottawa, with all 12 member teams playing three games over the Labour Day Weekend.

CCHL teams and divisions

Alexandria junior B Glens to host ball hockey tournament July 29

sean Jul 18, 2017 - 12:32pm

The Alexandria junior 'B' Glens are planning to host a July 29 ball hockey tournament at the Glengarry Sports Palace, in Alexandria. Teams are guaranteed three games, and funds raised will help support the community-owned CCHL2 club for the 2017-18 season.

For more information and to get involved, please see this page.

Former Colts star returning to teach as coach

sean Jul 7, 2017 - 3:37pm

Former Colts star Brock McBride is returning to coach the Jr. 'A' hockey team for the 2017-18 CCHL season. McBride is joining the Colts as an associate coach, along with current bench boss Ian MacInnis.

"As a player, Brock understood the 200-foot game," said MacInnis. "His lengthy pro career showed him the finer points of the game, and now he can pass that knowledge on to the next generation."

McBride joins the Colts after a nine-year pro career, with stops in the American Hockey League, the East Coast Hockey League, the EIHL, and the pro loop in Austria.

McBride combined grit with a scoring touch to amass 113 goals and 191 assists, for 304 points, and 615 penalty minutes in 391 games as a pro. Prior to that, McBride spent four years playing for St. Lawrence University in the ECAC. In McBride's three-plus years with the Colts, he scored 50 goals and 81 assists, for 131 points in 166 games.

Other news from the Colts corral 

Next on the Colts calendar is the 2nd Annual Cornwall Colts Alumni Golf Fun Day at Summerheights in support of the Colts Scholarship Fund, on Wednesday, July 12 (11am shotgun start). Anyone wishing to register and play in the tournament can contact David Murphy at the Colts office (613-930-9300) or e-mail dmurphy@bensonorg.com

Also be sure to check out the July 5 edition of The Glengarry News for a story about a Colt from Glengarry county who's moving on from the club to attend university in Atlantic Canada. We also have news about former Colts Tylor and Tyson Spink who are taking another step in their professional hockey careers.

with files from David Murphy

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CCHL Colts active on the trade front

sean Jul 3, 2017 - 3:30pm

The Cornwall Colts have traded forward Nick Lalonde to the Ottawa Jr. Senators, in exchange for Cameron Hebert, Zachary Cross, and a player development fee.

Hebert, from St Andrews West is an 18-year-old forward who scored 10 goals and 12 assists, for 22 points in 54 games with the Cumberland Grads last season. Hebert’s rights had been traded to the Jr. Senators earlier this past week.

Cross, from Ottawa, is a 19-year-old forward who scored 12 goals with 20 assists, for 32 points in 57 games with the Jr. Senators last season.

Lalonde led the Colts in scoring in 2016-17, with 32 goals, 41 assists, and 73 points, in 55 games. Over his career in Cornwall, he racked up 65 goals and 80 assists for 145 points, in 163 games through three seasons.

"I'd like to thank the Colts for giving a16-year-oldd an opportunity three seasons ago," reflected Lalonde. "That being said, I'm excited to join the Jr. Senators to wrap up my CCHL career."

Lalonde has committed to Robert Morris University near Pittsburgh for the 2018-19 season.

The Jr. Senators will host the 2018 Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian Jr. 'A' Championship.

with files from David Murphy