The Glengarry News


Nationals ready to rock in Sunday opener with addition of Jasper

sean Oct 29, 2016 - 7:56pm


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.

Other additions

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

Pro hockey in Cornwall preps for FHL season

sean Oct 11, 2016 - 2:19pm

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

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Nationals set to open training camp on Saturday

sean Oct 6, 2016 - 11:44am

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