Hawks acquire Alex Caulfeild from Kemptville 73’s

The Hawkesbury Hawks have acquired veteran ’02 defenseman Alex Caulfeild from the Kemptville 73’s to help bolster the team’s back end.

The 6′, 179 pound rearguard played for the Smiths Falls Bears from 2019 to 2022, before being acquired by Kemptville midway through last season. A native of Kanata, Caulfeild is a left-handed shot and was obtained by Hawkesbury for future considerations.

The new acquisition has already fit well into the Hawks lineup, playing three games and recording two assists.

Welcome to The Flock Alex!

Referee Clare Howie makes Newfoundland hockey history

Clare Howie made Newfoundland hockey history when she took to the ice for a game between the Mount Pearl Junior Blades and the Southern Shore Junior Breakers last Sunday (November 20).

The 21-year-old, from Paradise, Newfoundland, became the first female referee in St. Johns Junior Hockey League (SJJHL) history when she took to the ice. The SJJHL – a Junior B league in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, sanctioned by Hockey Canada – is the highest level of hockey that a female has ever worked in the province.

It was a double milestone for the maritime league, as Howie was the second official to work an SJJHL game over the weekend. On Saturday, 21-year-old Leah Rideout was a linesperson for the game between the St. John’s Junior Caps and the CBR Junior Renegades in St. John’s. Rideout became the first woman to work as a linesman in the SJJHL.

Sokolov becomes Belleville Senators all-time leading goal scorer

It’s not the National Hockey League, but Belleville Senators forward Egor Sokolov became the teams all-time leading goal scorer last Saturday (November 19) by scoring in Belleville’s 5-4 win over the Syracuse Crunch.

The goal was the 39th career goal for Sokolov with the Senators American Hockey League squad, moving him past Drake Batherson. The Russian-born skater has five goals and 11 assists for Belleville in 15 games so far this season. In 64 games in 2021-2022, Sokolov recorded 19 goals and 31 assists for 50 points.

Sokolov played eight games with the Senators during the 2021-2022 season, but has yet to record a point in the NHL.

Great U18 hockey between Cobras and Kanata

I had the chance to take in the game between the Eastern Ontario Cobras and Kanata Blazers U18 squads last Saturday (November 19).

The Cobras ended up winning 6-1, but the game was much closer than the score would indicate. It was great hockey and a terrific game to watch.

Being a Sports Authority gives me the opportunity to watch hockey at a lot of different levels. It’s always a pleasure.

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.