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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

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

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

Colts coach a finalist for CJHL coach of the year

sean May 26, 2017 - 1:16pm

Cornwall junior 'A' Colts head coach Ian MacInnis was one of five finalists for the Canadian Junior Hockey League Coach of the Year award. 

Greg Walters (Georgetown, OJHL) was named COY this week.

MacInnis guided the Cornwall Colts to an impressive turnaround from missing the playoffs in 2015-16 to a second place overall finish in the regular season in 2016-17. The Colts finished with a 41-14-4-3 record, including an impressive run of 23-2-1 to wrap up the regular season.

"It’s an honour being named as a finalist for Coach of Year," said MacInnis. "There are 132 CJHL coaches to choose from every year so this is special."

The other finalists were Tom Keca (Fort McMurray, AJHL), Bliss Littler (Wenatchee, BCHL), and Paul Dyck (Steinbach, MJHL).

files from David Murphy

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Derouchie of the CCHL Cornwall Colts sets his university plans

sean May 13, 2017 - 10:02pm

Cornwall Colts forward Dean Derouchie has committed to Salem State University (Massachusetts), beginning in 2017-18.

Derouchie, 5’8, 190 lbs is a two-way winger who spent parts of five seasons in the CCHL. His time was split between the Gloucester Rangers and the Cornwall Colts, scoring 56 goals and 71 assists for 127 points during the regular season. He scored 4 goals and 8 assists in playoff action. The forward is a product of the Eastern Ontario Wild 'AAA' hockey system.

The Cornwall-born Derouchie will join the Salem State University Vikings who play in the NCAA Division III MASCAC Conference. 

– with files from David Murphy, photo courtesy icelevel.com

Hockey prospects invited to attend Colts camp in May

sean Apr 11, 2017 - 3:40pm

The Cornwall Colts have announced their 2017 Spring Junior A Import and Prospects Camp, to be held Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14, at the Ed Lumley Arena in Cornwall Civic Complex.

The cost is $250 (plus HST) per player.

Players can register by visiting www.cornwallcolts.com under “camps”.  

with files from David Murphy

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CCHL Cornwall Colts add to their stable with bantam protects

sean Apr 11, 2017 - 2:06pm

The CCHL bantam protect draft was held Monday night, where the Cornwall junior 'A' Colts bolstered their stable for the future.

The Colts used their first-round selection on Cornwall-born centre Josh Barnes, who had 15 goals in 13 games last season with the Eastern Ontario Wild. The next selection was the first-ever second-generation Colts draft pick, Eastern Ontario Wild player Rylan Iwachniuk (from Long Sault). Iwachniuk’s father is former Colts standout defenceman Steve (1994-1998). 

4th Round – Brendan Watson – D – 6’2 – 175 – L – Bainsville – Eastern Ontario Wild
5th Round – John Richer – D – 6’3 – 165 – L – Apple Hill – Eastern Ontario Wild
6th Round – Jack Ingram – D – L – Seaway Valley AA
7th Round – Shane Gaudreau – D – R – Seaway Valley AA
8th Round – Andrew Dixon – C – Seaway Valley AA
9th Round – Ben Pineault – LW – Seaway Valley AA
10th Round – Nathaniel Faubert – RW – Seaway Valley AA
11th Round – Alexander Oakes – D – Seaway Valley AA

with files from David Murphy

The Glengarry News will have a full round-up of county boys selected in the bantam draft, in an upcoming edition of the newspaper.

Cornwall junior A Colts on the brink of elimination

sean Apr 5, 2017 - 7:23pm

Updating the story we have for you in this week's edition of The Glengarry News, the Cornwall Colts of the CCHL find themselves on the brink of elimination heading into tonight's semifinal road contest.

Last evening in Cornwall, the Colts fell to the Ottawa Jr Senators 4-1, with David Poirier scoring the lone Colts goal.

Jaren Burke’s two markers paced Ottawa to the victory and a three-games-to-none lead in the series. Luke McCaw and Griffin MacGregor also scored for Ottawa which outshot the Colts 31-24. Merrick Rippon had 3 assists for the Jr. Sens.

Three Stars were First Star Jaren Burke (OTT), Second Star Merrick Rippon (OTT), and Third Star Dean Derouchie (COR).

The Colts travel to Ottawa tonight, looking to stave off elimination in game 4. Game time is 7:30pm at the Jim Durrell Rec Centre.

Should Cornwall prevail, game 5 will be back at the Civic Complex on Friday evening. 

with files from David Murphy