The Glengarry News

Cornwall Nationals return to home ice tonight, ink Dawson

sean Dec 29, 2016 - 12:15pm

After a short break for the Christmas holidays, the Cornwall Nationals are getting back to work.

The FHL Nationals will be back on home ice tonight (Dec. 29) when the St. Clair Shores Fighting Saints visit the Ed Lumley Arena at the Civic Complex. Game time is 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors/students, and $5 for children under the age of 12.

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Sylvester Bzdyl of the Nations (submitted photo)

More team news

The Nationals have come to terms with Martintown's Jacob Dawson, a defenceman who last suited up for La Tuque in the QJAAAHL. The 24-year-old hadn't been able to join the Nats until now, due to work commitments that had him in northern Ontario. 

County hockey followers will recall that Dawson also played for the Char-Lan junior 'B' Rebels.

While the expansion Cornwall Nationals have had a respectful start to their first season, there have been critical things happening recently off the ice too.

The Nationals are proud to announce that a new local investor, Will Beauvais, has stepped up to partner with the team.

“Will has such a huge passion for sports and we’re so excited to have him on board with us,” said Rodney Rivette, owner and president of the Nationals. “It’s business as usual for the Cornwall Nationals right now; we’re moving forward full steam ahead.”

Meanwhile, part owner and general manager Mitch Gagne is no longer with the organization. Rivette has bought Gagne’s share of the team.

“Mitch had a major role in bringing semi-pro hockey back to Cornwall and we are grateful for all of his efforts,” said Rivette.

Basem Awwad, who has suited up for the Nationals in 12 games this season, will take over the general manager duties. The 37-year-old from Orleans has been involved in the FHL since 2011.

“Basem is quite familiar with the FHL and its nuances,” said Rivette.

The head coach remains Al Quenneville.

“With Al and Basem, and veterans such as Joel Trottier (from Alexandria), we believe we have the best leaders possible to keep this thing heading in the right direction,” said Rivette.

In other news, rugged defenceman Kris McCarthy, currently sidelined with a broken finger, will be assisting the Nationals as the sales & marketing director.

“With his background in sales and marketing, Kris is the perfect guy to help us get our name out there in the community and work on a better in-game experience for our fans,” said Rivette.

Nationals forward Jason Dolgy currently leads the FHL in points and assists. Dolgy has 6 goals and 23 assists for 29 points in 16 games ... The speedy MJ Graham is fourth in league scoring (8-17-25 in 18 games) ... Sparkplug Anthony Mezzagno is second in the league with 13 goals … Cornwall ranks fourth in the FHL in attendance. The Nationals are averaging 741 spectators through their first eight home games.

with files from Rodney Wilson