EOSHL adds 11th team in South Grenville

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CARDINAL – The fastest growing hockey league in Eastern Ontario has added another team to the league, this time in Cardinal.

The South Grenville Sr. Rangers announced it was accepted into the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League early last week.

“We are excited to build on the hockey traditions in our community and continue to showcase local talent of all ages,” the team said in its February 23rd announcement.

The EOSHL began play as a four-team league in the 2019-20 season and is for hockey players age 20 and older still looking to play hockey after their junior eligibility is over.

The Sr. Rangers’ announcement comes a week after a franchise was announced in Gananoque and four weeks after the North Dundas Sr. Rockets announced it was joining the league.

Team officials said they are hoping to build on local rivalries with other communities, and that the makeup of the league is a positive step in that direction.

The Sr. Rangers have not announced a general manager or head coach for the 2021-22 season but are actively recruiting those positions.

Unlike minor and junior hockey levels, the EOSHL does not have restrictions on territories or team rights to worry about in signing players. This means former Jr. A, B, or C level players, along with those who have experience in the OHL, NCAA, or U SPORTS leagues can play for teams in the league.

League president Mitch Gagne said that the EOSHL is looking to add one more team to balance the league to 12 teams total.

“We have a few more areas interested and we hope to have all 12 settled by May 1st so we can enjoy an exciting summer of preparing for the fall for a hopeful start to our league,” Gagne said.

One area that will not be joining the EOSHL is Morrisburg. Morrisburg Jr. C Lions. Team general manager Kevin Casselman told The Leader that he is not looking at a team for Morrisburg at this time.

“I wish the best of luck to the Rangers and Rockets,” Casselman said.

The league plans a 24-game regular season beginning this fall. Other teams in the league include Maxville, Alexandria, West Carleton, Frontenac, Smiths Falls, Pontiac (QC), and Cornwall.

Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Leader