Senior A hockey league set to grow again next season
EOSHL adds three more teams in preparation for 2023-24 campaign
The Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League (senior ‘A’) is set to grow again, adding three more clubs to bring its complement to 12.
The new additions are the Pontiac Comets (which will play out of Fort Coulonge, Quebec), Centre Hastings Ice Miners (Marmora), and Barry’s Bay (team name and logo to be announced).
League president Mitch Gagne has stated it’s the league’s goal to grow to 16 teams, split into two conferences of eight teams each.
2022-23 season award winners
Recently, the league officially closed the book on the 2022-23 season with the announcement of award winners.
The Coach of the Year award was presented to Rob Sadler and Mike Byrne, while Andrew "Bubba" Wensink of the South Stormont (formerly Maxville) Mustangs was honoured as General Manager / Executive of the Year.
Brett Gustavsen got the nod as MVP - Regular Season and Top Forward, and Michael Macnamee earned the Playoff MVP crown.
Other player awards: Top Defenceman of the Year - Brett Costello, Top Goalie of the Year - Dallas Slack, and Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year - Broydon Stufko.
The Chesterville-based North Dundas Rockets defeated the Gananoque Islanders to retain their title as league champion for the second straight season.
The Rockets prevailed three games to one in the best-of-five series, winning the April 2 finale with a 9-4 effort.
Michael Mcnamee was named the Playoff MVP, scoring 7 goals, while adding 14 assists in 8 games.
Game one: North Dundas 9 vs Gananoque 2
Game two: North Dundas 7 vs Gananoque 3
Game three: Gananoque 10 vs North Dundas 2
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