Welcome to my new column in The Review! Each week this winter, I will try to update and entertain you with interesting tidbits from the world of hockey.

Over time we will be adding other sports to this column so that I can provide updates on local activities year round. I hope you enjoy!

Clarence Castors having great season

With sports in Ontario shut down until at least January 26, I thought I would take a look over the next few weeks at how some of the local Junior hockey teams are doing. A good place to start is with the Clarence Castors, who are having a great 2021-2022 season.

The Castors sit second overall in the National Capital Junior Hockey League (NCJHL), with a record of 15 wins against three losses and a tie in 19 games. In their season series against the Vankleek Hill Cougars, Clarence is 2-0 at home and 2-1 on the road.

The Castors have balanced scoring across all lines. Nicholas Gaumond leads the team in scoring with 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points in just 16 games played. Also having great seasons are Nikolas Guindon eight goals and 14 assists; Xavier Brunet 10 goals and 11 assists; Jacob Servant 10 goals and 11 assists; Mathieu Brennan six goals and 12 assists; and Cayden Martin with 8 goals and 10 assists.

The team’s defence has been stingy and Clarence has also received stellar goaltending from Cody Camirand. In 13 games Camirand has recorded 10 wins against just two losses and one overtime loss, while posting a stellar goals against average of 2.70.

With balanced scoring, solid defence and great goaltending, the Castors will be tough to beat once the NCJHL season resumes.

EOSHL plays good hockey

I attended my first Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League game just before the holidays at the Vankleek Hill Arena. The Cornwall Prowlers won a close 5-4 game over the Glengarry Pipers that went back and forth all night.

I was impressed by the high level of play. It was a really exciting game, with lots of hitting and some pretty hardnosed play.

It’s good hockey.

Hawks announce first 2022-2023 recruit

The Hawkesbury Hawks announced on December 20, their first recruit for the 2022-2023 season.

Aidan Stubbings comes from the Lake Forest Prep school hockey program. He is a highly skilled forward with exceptional speed and can move as quick east/west as north/south.

Welcome to the Flock Aidan!

Tinling back in Junior

Former Hawkesbury Hawks player Dovar Tinling is coming back to play Junior hockey after appearing in 26 games with the University of Vermont Catamounts. According to a press release from the university, Tinling requested his release from the team.

“Dovar has been an excellent part of this team for 26 games, he is a student in good academic standing and he has a bright future ahead of him,” read a statement from UVM coach Todd Woodcroft. “This being an NHL draft year, Dovar will have an opportunity to showcase his game alongside players of his own age group. We sincerely wish Dovar all the best and thank him for all his contributions, both on and off the ice.”

Tinling, who will turn 19 on March 3, was the youngest player in United States college hockey last season and played 26 career games for the Catamounts. He registered two goals and one assist for three points in his time with Vermont.

Known as Vankleek Hill’s Sports Authority, Mackenzie Hinton writes regular sports updates on his popular Facebook page. Mac is the statistician for the Vankleek Hill Cougars and Hawkesbury Hawks Junior hockey clubs. His column appears weekly in The Review.