Remi Elie, who has toiled the better part of the last two seasons in the AHL, will get his chance tonight on the big stage, scheduled to skate with the Dallas Stars on the NHL, when they compete in Miami, versus the Florida Panthers. The 21-year-old from Green Valley will have his parents, Sylvain and Rachel, in the stands cheering him on.
Game time is set for 7pm. Fans of Elie will need access to NHL Gamecentre or the NHL cable/satellite TV package in order to watch the action.
We will have the story in the next edition of The Glengarry News.
Here's a video clip of Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff, as well as Elie.
Three power-play goals propelled the Nationals to a 7-4 victory over the Danbury Titans on Sunday at the Cornwall Civic Complex.
Local hockey fans certainly got their money’s worth on Sunday afternoon as they were treated to fast, exciting Federal Hockey League action for only $5. The announced attendance was 672.
With the Nationals on a 5-on-3 powerplay, Anthony Mezzagno opened the scoring at 8:45 of the first with a perfectly placed wrist shot that beat Bobby Bowden over the shoulder. Moments later, Maxime Guyon buried a nice feed from Lou Dickenson for another powerplay marker at 9:43. Dalton Jay tipped a shot past Nicolas Delongchamps at 12:53 to put the Titans on the scoreboard.
Sylvester Bzdyl then batted a Joel Trottier (Alexandria's own) rebound out of mid-air and past Bowden at 4:50 of the second period. Trottier sent Mezzagno in on a breakaway with a nifty alley-oop pass and he made no mistake at 9:49 of the middle frame. Taylor Bourne beat Delongchamps with a shot between the legs 1:12 into the third period, but Trottier tipped a blast from the point off the stick of Green Valley's Tristen Elie and in at 6:23 of the third.
With the Nationals on another powerplay, Maxime Guyon one-timed a Jason Dolgy pass to the back of the net at 8:51 of the third. With Danbury on a 5-on-3 powerplay, the Titans pulled their goalie with nine minutes to go in the third, and it resulted on a Steve Brown marker.
But with the Nationals shorthanded, Marley Keca forced a turnover and beat Bowden with a perfectly placed wrist shot with 7:41 to play in the third. Alexander Taulien rounded out the scoring late in the game for Danbury.
Danbury outshot Cornwall 51-43. Trottier (first), Mezzagno (second), and Keca were the announced stars.
The Nationals will be back in action on Friday, Dec. 16 when they visit Port Huron to take on the Prowlers (7:30 p.m.). Cornwall then returns to the Civic Complex for a pair of home games over the weekend. On Saturday, Dec. 17, the Nationals will host the St. Clair Shores Fighting Saints at 7:30 p.m. And on Sunday, Dec. 18, Cornwall hosts the Watertown Wolves for a 1 p.m. game at the Civic Complex.
After Sunday’s game, there will be a meet-and-greet with the Nationals downstairs at the Civic Complex in Salon B. There will also be a special appearance from Santa Claus.
The Nationals have dealt forward Lou Dickenson’s rights to the Port Huron Prowlers in exchange for the rights to Jeff Legue and Williamstown native Jonathan Jasper. The Prowlers had recently claimed Legue and Jasper on waivers.
“The rules in the Federal Hockey League are much different than what fans around here are used to,” explains general manager Mitch Gagne, who has pushed the FHL for a rule change which would prevent teams from holding others hostage with players they’ve acquired off waivers. “I believe the league will look into this after the season is over,” adds Gagne.
Another FHL rule is that teams can only carry 18 players. A challenge early on for the Nationals has been icing different teams from one game to another, which led to the Dickenson transaction.
“Unfortunately, Lou had a hard time making Friday games because of work, and we just can’t keep sending 12 or 13 players on the road,” said Gagne. “I’m also very close to adding an extremely talented forward to fill the void.”
Up next for Gagne is to add a defenceman. Yan Dumontier suited up in his final game for the Nationals on Sunday; he departs this week for France, where he’ll finish the season.
Cornwall is also dealing with injuries to blueliners Jason Lepine and Kris McCarthy.
The Nationals are currently tied for fourth in FHL standings with a 6-8-2 record (wins-losses-overtime wins).
– with files from Rodney Wilson
The Cornwall Nationals added local defenceman Jonathan Jasper days before their first Federal Hockey League home opener.
The 24-year-old from Williamstown will suit up for Cornwall on Sunday afternoon, when the Nats host the Danville Dashers at the Civic Complex. The puck drops at 1 p.m.
After four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Kitchener Rangers and Peterborough Petes, the 6-foot-3, 200 lb. Jasper suited up for the Cornwall River Kings for four seasons. In 90 LNAH contests, Jasper chipped in 26 points and 123 penalty minutes. Jasper is also a former Cornwall Colt (junior 'A'), a former Char-Lan junior 'B' Rebel, and a product of the Char-Lan Rebels hockey program.
Jasper joins a Glengarry county contingent on the roster that includes Alexandria's Joel Trottier and Green Valley's Tristen Elie.
Tickets for Sunday’s game are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors/students, and $5 for children ages 12 and under. Kids wearing a Halloween costume to the game will be entered into a draw for great prizes.
Earlier in the week, general manager Mitch Gagne inked deals with defenceman Michael Pregent and forward Sylvester Bzdyl.
Pregent, a 28-year-old defenceman from Valleyfield, appeared in 32 LNAH contests, including a pair of games with the Cornwall River Kings in 2014-15.
Bzdyl, a 25-year-old forward, played overseas in Poland last season, appearing in 13 games with the STS Sanok.
– files from Rodney Wilson
Jason Dolgy scored four times to lead Team White to an 8-4 victory over Team Blue on Saturday night at the Cornwall Nationals intra-squad game. Prior to the contest at the Civic Complex, general manager Mitch Gagne came to terms with the 31-year-old Dolgy, who is from Montreal. The skater has appeared in 24 career FHL games with the Vermont Wild and Brooklyn Aviators, scoring 13 goals and 21 assists for 34 points. Dolgy is an NCAA Division 3 graduate of SUNY-Brockport. He suited up in two games for the Cornwall River Kings in 2012-13 and also played for Trois-Rivieres of the LNAH.
Meanwhile, the Nationals have signed goaltender Brandon Billie, who wasn’t in action on Saturday night at the Civic Complex. The 23-year-old from Ottawa played Division 2 hockey in Sweden last season. In 11 games with Nittorps IK, he posted a 2.73 goals against average with a .909 save percentage. Billie appeared in 10 games with the FHL’s Steel City Warriors in 2014-15.
The Nationals are back in action on Saturday, Oct. 22, when they host Watertown in pre-season play at the Civic Complex. Cornwall’s inaugural FHL home opener is booked for Sunday, Oct. 30 versus Danville. The puck drops at 1 p.m.
The Cornwall FHL club will play 26 home games at the Civic Complex.
Players signed to date
F Jeff Legue
F Lou Dickenson
F Anthony Pittarelli
F Anthony Mezzano
F Jason Dolgy
F Tristen Elie
F Joel Trottier
D Jason Lepine
D Kris McCarthy
G Brandon Billie
– files from Rodney Wilson
On the eve of their first training camp, the Cornwall Nationals have officially moved into the Civic Complex. The FHL team office, located downstairs, is now open. Office hours are Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information after hours, please call 613-363-4708.
Training camp will be held Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Cornwall Civic Complex.
Three Glengarry county hockey players – Joel Trottier, Jacob Dawson, and Tristen Elie – have been signed to the Nats' roster.
Saturday's public activities begin with a 2 p.m. player skate (free admission for fans), followed by the Nationals intra-squad game at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for all ages (general admission). There will also be a BBQ at Mocktails (located at the rear of Civic Complex) from 3-7 p.m.
Meanwhile, a head coach has been hired but the announcement will only be made public in a couple of weeks.
NEW HIRES: Alain Quenneville, who has suited up for the Cornwall Colts, Cornwall Comets, and Akwesasne Warriors, has been hired as a part-time assistant coach, and Shannon Fergerson has been hired for Marketing and Special Events.
– files from Rodney Wilson