Game schedule set for CCHL2 team

WINCHESTER – Winchester Hawks’ president/general manager Keith Ashton is reporting the Central Canada Junior Hockey League Tier 2 (CCHL2) team will open its exhibition schedule hosting the new Embrun Panthers club.

That pre-season tilt will take place in Winchester at the Joel Steele Community Centre on Thurs., Aug. 31 at 8:15 pm. Embrun joined the CCHL2 this season after a long and winning tenure in the National Capital Junior Hockey League (NCJHL), formerly the Eastern Ontario Junior ‘C’ Hockey League. The Panthers have replaced the Metcalfe Jets who have moved over to the NCJHL.

The Hawks are slated to travel up the valley to meet another new CCHL2 entry, the Whitewater Kings in Renfrew on Fri., Sept. 1.

The Winchester Hawks Hockey Club is entering its 50th season of existence with a new coaching staff in place. Head coach Bob Gould (centre); assistants Mike Guolla (left) and Derek Froats (right) will guide the Hawks through the 2017-2018 Central Canada Hockey League Tier 2 (CCHL2) season. Winchester’s training camp opens in Kemptville at the North Grenville Community Centre on Sat., Aug. 26 (7-9 pm and 9:30-11 pm).
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Next up are the Athens Aeros who will challenge the Hawks in Kemptville on Sat., Sept. 2 at 7:30 pm.

Winchester’s exhibition slate runs out the same weekend (Sun., Sept. 3) when they take on the Panthers in Embrun at 2 pm.

Prior to their pre-season tests the Hawks are continuing to hold their summer skates in Kemptville. The next session is set for Saturday (July 29) from noon until 1:30 pm and the final scrimmage is booked for Tues., Aug. 8 (6:30-8 pm).

Showcase

The Hawks will launch their 50th season in the 2017 CCHL2 Showcase on Sat., Sept. 9 when they will tangle with another new league entry – the Carleton Place Jr. Canadians – in a 5:15 pm tilt. Their second Showcase meeting is set for 8 pm on Sun., Sept. 10 when they will square off against the Perth Blue Wings. Both games will be played at the Richcraft Sens Plex.

Home opener

The following weekend both the Ottawa West Golden Knights and Brockville Tikis are visiting Winchester. The Golden Knights will be in town on Fri., Sept. 15 (8:30 pm) for the Hawks’ official home opener while the Tikis will drop in on Sun., Sept. 17 (7:30 pm).

Friday’s (Sept. 15) game will be preceded by special ceremonies marking the Hawks’ 50th anniversary. The club’s executive is planning to have a member of the alumni from each decade take part in the official puck drop.

Camp dates

Sat., Aug. 26 –Kemptville (North Grenville Community Centre) – 7-9 pm and 9:30-11pm.

Wed., Aug. 30 – Kemptville – 9:30-10:50 pm.

Thurs., Aug. 31 – Winchester Joel Steele Community Centre – exhibition game vs. Embrun Panthers – 8:15 pm.

For more information contact, president Keith Ashton by email at Kashton8@sympatico.ca or assistant general manager/director of scouting Dominic Menard at -20dommmer@gmail.com.