Updating a story we have in this Oct. 11 issue of The Glengarry News and an earlier post on our website, the CCHL Hawkesbury Hawks will indeed be playing a few more "home" games in Alexandria, at the Glengarry Sports Palace.
A media release from the team indicated all remaining home games for 2017 would be played in Vankleek Hill, with one in Rockland. However, the schedule was altered to accommodate the Hawks a few more times in Alexandria.
To date, the Hawks are 2-0 at the Palace, including a win last Friday night.
The latest schedule update has Hawks games in Alexandria slated for Nov. 17, Nov 26, and Dec. 15.
Next "home" action for the team is booked for Oct. 13 at 1:30 pm, in Vankleek Hill, versus Pembroke.
The Hawks are hoping to return to their home nest, the Robert Hartley Sports Complex, in January, if repairs are completed.
Last Friday, the Glengarry Sports Palace in Alexandria hosted a junior 'A' (CCHL) hockey game between the Carleton Place Canadians and the Hawkesbury Hawks. We have the story in this week's issue of The Glengarry News.
The Hawks will return for another tilt on Friday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m.
Here's a photo gallery from last week's match.
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.
Tonight in Hawkesbury, the Alexandria junior 'B' Glens earned their first victory of the exhibition CCHL2 season, beating the Char-Lan Rebels 4-1. The win improves the Glens' record to 1-1-1, while the Rebels fall to 0-2.
Alexandria marksmen were Christian Bueti (2), Youssef Chadli, and Wade Kropp, while scoring for Char-Lan was Hunter Duchesne. The Rebels went one for six on the power play; the Glens were zero for five.
The final minute of play featured a fight between Alexandria's Liam Calder and Char-Lan's Brock Daze.
Netminding duties were shared on both sides: Nico Rousseau and Brennan Nadeau for the Glens, and Cory Garrow and Angus McRae for the Rebels.
Next time the teams hit the ice it will count, as they are slated to skate in the league showcase this weekend. Details in the Aug. 31 edition of The Glengarry News.
The Alexandria Glens hockey club has announced a new partnership with the Hawkesbury Hawks. Click here to read the details.
Alexandria's Brandon Barillaro returned to the Hawkesbury Hawks lineup on Tuesday night, as his team skated to a 4-3 victory that evened the series at two games apiece. Barillaro has a cast on his hand and had sat out the first three matches of the opening-round playoff series with the Cornwall Colts. On Tuesday night, he picked up an assist in the Hawks win.
He expects to be in the lineup again tonight, albeit in limited action primarily on special teams, when the Hawks skate in game five at the Cornwall Civic Complex.