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.

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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.

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Three county hockey players compete in NHL training camps

sean Sep 19, 2016 - 6:39pm

By Scott Carmichael (News Staff)

Three local hockey players – Remi Elie of Green Valley, and the Spink twins, Tylor and Tyson of Williamstown – participated in rookie camps for the NHL’s Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators, respectively, which wrapped up recently.

Elie, a 21-year-old left winger who played for Dallas’ top farm club – the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League (AHL) – last season, attended the parent club’s main pre-season training camp in both 2014 and 2015 and was among the team’s final roster cuts last year.

The Stars’ second-round pick, 40th overall, in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, he signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Dallas in September 2014 and will attend the team’s main training camp.

For the Spink brothers, it was their second experience in a professional hockey camp. Both were invited to the Detroit Red Wings development camp in July 2014. 

Upon graduating from Colgate University and the varsity Raiders hockey team this past spring, the 23-year-old forwards and linemates joined the Toledo Walleyes of the East Coast Hockey League on amateur tryout (ATO) agreements. Tylor later agreed to an ATO with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, going scoreless in two games.

The twins attended the Nashville rookie camp on a tryout basis, attempting to procure professional contracts.

All three local players also participated in NHL rookie tournaments.

Elie and his fellow Dallas rookie teammates competed against their counterparts from the host Detroit Red Wings, Columbus Blue Jackets, Chicago Blackhawks, Carolina Hurricanes, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, and St. Louis Blues, in the Traverse City Prospect Tournament (September 16 to 20).

The Spink brothers, and their freshman Predator teammates played in a competition (also from September 16 to 20) in Coral Springs, Fla. for rookies from the host Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Washington Capitals.

The Glengarry News will provide an update on the status of Glengarry’s trio of hockey prospects, upon completion of training camp and the beginning of the regular season, early next month.

OHL Belleville Bulls to relocate to Hamilton?

Administrator Mar 12, 2015 - 4:27pm

Multiple reports out of Belleville this afternoon suggest it's a done deal, that the OHL Belleville Bulls have been purchased by Michael Andlauer, who owns the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs (the famr team of the Montreal Canadiens which will be moving to St. John's, NL at the end of this season). The reports indicate the OHL Bulls will be moved to Hamilton for the 2015-16 season.

Sources are unable to get official confirmation from any team representatives or league officials. However, an official announcement is expected imminently.

Williamstown's Andrew Ming currently plays for the Belleville Bulls, and Simon Besner of North Lancaster is a 2013 draft pick of the team. Remi Elie of Green Valley was traded mid-season from Belleville to the Erie Otters.