Vankleek Hill Cougars name Mikail Bissonnette as captain

The Vankleek Hill Cougars have named forward Mikail Bissonnette as the team’s captain for the 2022-2023 National Capital Junior Hockey League season

The Cougars also named forward Eric Skyba, defenseman John Mahoney and forward Joshua Desjardins as assistant captains. Veteran netminder Frederick Durocher-Bourdon will also play a leadership role with the team, helping out the four captains, although he will not wear a letter.

Great turnout for Cougar’s home opener in Hawkesbury

It was a fantastic turnout for the Cougars’ home opener at the Robert Hartley Sports Complex in Hawkesbury on Sunday. An estimated 350 spectators filled The Bob to watch the Cougars’ 5-3 win over Morrisburg in an exciting back-and-forth contest.

It was a great way to start the year in Hawkesbury and hopefully the fans in attendance took notice and will be there for more Cougars games this season!

Alexandria Glens off to tough start

The Alexandria Glens continued the team’s tough start to the 2022-2023 Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League (EOJHL) season, with a 4-1 loss to the Ottawa West Golden Knights on Friday, October 7 at the Glengarry Sports Palace, following a 5-2 loss to the Char-Lan Rebels on Thursday, October 6.

With the loss, Alexandria remains winless on the season and sits in eight place in the EOJHL’s Martin Division.

Alexandria visits Char-Lan this Wednesday, October 12, in a 7:30 p.m. start. Alexandria hosts Casselman on Saturday, October 15, in a 7 p.m. start at the Glengarry Sports Palace.

Sports network RDS features Wendover netminder Jakob Robillard

French language sports channel RDS published a terrific piece on former Cornwall Colts netminder Jakob Robillard, who is from Wendover, Ontario. You can find the link to the article here.

Robillard is playing this season with the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the Québec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), after being spotted by Jocelyne Thibault and Stéphane Julien of the Phoenix while playing with the Colts during the 2019-2020 season.

The 6’3”, 198-pound 20-year-old netminder has four wins in four starts so far this season, allowing only four goals in that span and sporting a save percentage of .947. He is hoping his play this season is noticed by a National Hockey League team and will lead to a training camp invitation next summer.

Robillard is a huge fan of the Ottawa Senators and ideally hopes to get an invite from the local NHL team.

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 Alexandria Glens Junior hockey clubs. His column appears weekly in The Review.