Two hockey players from the county are competing with a CCHL all-star team, the Ottawa Capitals, at an international club tournament in Russia.
One of them is Green Valley's David Poirier, who is featured in the video embedded below, while the other is Ben Dirven. Both are defenceman who play their league games with the Cornwall Colts. The Caps went on to win this game 6-3 over a squad from Finland. Poirier notched a goal, and Dirven picked up an assist in the contest. The win improved the squad's record to 1-1, with game three booked for Thursday versus a Chinese club.
Hockey fans looking to get an early look at the region's top talent might like to check out exhibition action in the junior 'A' and HEO midget 'AAA' leagues.
The Cornwall Colts of the CCHL will hold inter-squad "blue-white" games on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., at the Civic Complex. The club is also booked to play against the Hawkesbury Hawks on Monday, Aug. 27 at 3:30 p.m., in St. Isidore, and then Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 8 p.m, in Hawkesbury.
The midget-level Colts have an exhibition contest with the Hawks booked for Saturday, Aug. 25, at 8 p.m., in Casselman. These games teams are also scheduled to battle on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m., in Hawkesbury.
A group of local hockey players representing the CCHL includes two county boys, David Poirier and Ben Dirven. The squad, billed as the Ottawa Capitals, is competing at the Junior Club Sirius World Cup, in Russia, this week.
Their first day there was Monday (Aug. 13), and you can read about the experience for the boys in the league's online blog here.
The all-star team, which draws players and staff from the area's junior 'A' league, was invited by Hockey Canada to represent the county in this competition.
Two county boys are part of the CCHL Ottawa Capitals hockey team which is competing at a tournament in Russia. Here's a little video of the squad getting in its first practice session. Look for coverage in The Glengarry News.
Rise and shine we have hit the ice here at the Soviet Wings Sports Palace in Moscow, RU. Exhibition Game tomorrow afternoon Vs MHC Krylya Sovetov. pic.twitter.com/KUlXf6Auy4— CCHL (@TheCCHL) August 13, 2018
The Cornwall Colts of the CCHL have traded for 18-year-old defenceman Evan Huntley, sending a player development fee in return to the Navan Grads.
The Long Sault native is listed at 6 ft. 1 in., 190 lb. He played nine games with the Grads last season and 47 contests with the Char-Lan Rebels junior 'B' team.
"We’re looking to be deeper with talent on defence, and Evan fits the bill," says Colts head coach Ian MacInnis.
The Cornwall Colts training camp is scheduled to begin Monday, August 20, at the Ed Lumley Arena, in Cornwall Civic Complex.
Regular-season play begins at the league-wide showcase, in Kanata, on Saturday, September 1.
Cornwall's home opener is slated for Thursday, September 6, at 7:30 p.m.
– with files from David Murphy
Alexandria's junior 'B' Glens hockey club invites fans to join players and staff in Canada Day festivities.
Players will be walking the parade route collecting non-perishable food items for our local food bank at St. Vincent de Paul. Please be generous with donations. In return, when an item is donated, you will be offered a free ticket for one Glens home game.
At the conclusion of the parade, activities will move to Island Park, where the Glens will have a hardest shot competition and a dunk tank. As well, Glens ball caps and jerseys will be available for purchase.
The Canadian junior A Hockey League has announced that an all-star team of players from the CCHL will be assembled to represent Canada at the 2018 Junior Club World Cup, set for August 18-26, in Socchi, Russia.
The CCHL is our local junior A hockey league, which includes the Cornwall Colts and Hawkesbury Hawks.
Here's the official announcement:
The Canadian contingent will be made up of players and staff members from within the 12 teams that comprise the CCHL.
“The CJHL is grateful for this invitation, and the acceptance of the challenge by the CCHL, to represent us internationally,” stated CJHL president Brent Ladds.
“It will be a tremendous opportunity for the players selected by the CCHL to attend,” added Ladds.
The team will be one of eight clubs that will be competing in this International Ice Hockey Federation-sanctioned event.
Rounding out the field of the other seven junior squads will be the national Jr. champions from Russia and Sweden; HC Jokerit from Finland; HC Davos of Switzerland; China’s Kunlun Red Star, Red Bull Hockey Juniors from Austria and HC Trinec of the Czech Republic.
With age-limit restrictions in place, the CJHL-CCHL roster will feature no more than five 1998-born players, another 14 between 1999 and 2001 birth years as well as three that were born in 2002.
This marks the first time in the eight-year history of the event that the CJHL will be taking part.
“We are excited with the opportunity to attend the Junior Club World Cup in Sochi in August and represent the CCHL, the CJHL and Hockey Canada,” offered CCHL commissioner Kevin Abrams, who also serves as CJHL chairman of the board.
“This presents an outstanding experience for our players, coaches and support team to share in an international tournament and all that it provides. While we are looking forward to a great event on the ice, the camaraderie and friendships that will be created will last a lifetime.”
The CJHL team roster, coaches, support staff and on-ice events prior to the event will be announced at a later date.
Players and team staff members are expected to convene in the Ottawa area in August before flying over to Russia for a pre-tournament camp in Moscow, Aug. 13-15, prior to travelling to Socchi for the JCWC.
“We are exceedingly grateful to the CJHL, for taking up this challenge on behalf of Hockey Canada, during the off-season,” said Hockey Canada president and chief operating officer Scott Smith.
“It will be a tremendous athletic and cultural opportunity for the players.”
The last Canadian side to compete in this event was the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League back in 2015.
Meanwhile, the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League took part from 2012 through 2014, which included winning the title in 2013.