It has been confirmed that the Morrisburg Junior Lions will be back on the ice this fall, as they skate into their first season with the National Capital Junior Hockey League (NCJHL).
President/general manager Kevin Casselman has announced that the Lions have been accepted into the National Capital League for the upcoming season.
“We are excited to continue to offer junior hockey in Morrisburg,” says Casselman, who says he was notified of the Lions acceptance through an e-mail from league president Ian McRae, immediately following a Monday, April 20 league meeting.
The e-mail reads, “Morrisburg Lions were accepted with a vote of 9-0. Welcome aboard.”
Also in the e-mail it was announced the NCJHL will play in two divisions, a South Division which will include the Morrisburg Lions with teams from Embrun, North Dundas, St. Isidore and Vankleek Hill.
The North Division will include La Peche, Papineauville, Cumberland and Rockland.
According to the e-mail, “each team will play three home and three away games in its division and one home and one away against the other division. Protected areas will be minor hockey base for Morrisburg.”
“As was mentioned it was a unanimous vote of 9-0 from the league teams for our acceptance, which is really encouraging,” says Casselman.
According to Casselman, the Lions management is in the process of finalizing everything from last season. “We will be sitting down over the next couple weeks to close up outstanding business within the Rideau-St. Lawrence conference and following that we will be closing up affairs and business with the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey league.”
Casselman expects team management to be busy over the next months with the plans for talks with eligible returning players, coaching staff, team volunteers and graduating midget players and local minor hockey associations.
“We will try our best to reach out to everyone with our plans,” says Casselman. “If anyone has questions, please do not hesitate to contact us directly. We welcome the opportunity to discuss our visions and objectives.”