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FREE FAMILY BUDGETING WORKSHOP hosted by the Community Pentecostal Church /Christians Against Poverty(CAP), 1825 St Joseph Blvd. at 6:30 p.m. Learn how to save and pay off your debts workshop. For more information call 613-837-3555.

FIRST CHOICE will entertain from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Orléans Legion, 800 Taylor Creek Dr. for your listening and dancing pleasure. Buffet dinner served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For reservations call 613-590-7227.

COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER hosted by the Royal Oak Pub Orléans in support of Habitat for Humanity from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Community BBQ with live bands and a silent auction...The action starts at 1 p.m. with the first musical act. House band Mandie & JF and the Chris Evans Band will take to the stage starting at 7 p.m.!! Come have some fun and show your support!!

COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE hosted by the Greater Avalon Community Association from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Plenty of bargains to be found as the residents of Avalon take part in this annual community event.

ORLÉANS CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on June 6 and 7 and from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 in the Centrum Blvd. Festival Plaza. Presented by Orléans Festivals and the Heart of Orléans BIA featuring craft beer from 29 different craft brewers. Food vendors will include Orléans own Meatings BBQ. Live music all three days. For more information visit


Local trio picked in first round of OHL U18 draft
By Fred Sherwin
April 18, 2019

A trio of athletes with local roots are about to test there skills at the next level after being selected in the first round of the OHL Under-18 Priority Selection Draft last week.

Ryan Stansel was picked ninth overall by the Owen Sound Attach; goaltender Felix Schnell was selected 13th by the Guelph Storm; and Alexandre Frechette, was chosen in the 17th spot by the Soo Greyhounds.

All three young men are 16 and from Orléans. They will attend their respective team’s training camps this summer. If they fail to crack the OHL roster they will return to their CCHL teams for next season. In Stansel’s case that’s the Hawkesbury Hawks. In Schnell’s case it’s the Ottawa Jr. Senators and in Frechette’s case it’s the Navan Grads.

Stansel scored five goals and added five assists while manning the blue line for the Hawks Midget AAA team this past season.

The six foot, 195 lb. defenceman came up through the Cumberland Minor Hockey Association and played for the Jr. Grads before graduating to the Eastern Ontario Wild Minor Bantam AAA team in 2015. In 2017, he was selected in the fourth round and 34th overall in the CCHL draft by the Hawks.

Schnell came up through the Orléans Minor Hockey Association and played at the RepB level until the 2016-2017 season when he made the Gloucester Rangers Major Bantam AA team as a backup.

The year previous he had a 1.59 GAA in 16 games playing for the Gloucester-Orléans Blues.

In his first year with the Rangers, he had a 2.12 GAA in 16 games with two shutouts. In 2017-2018, he had a 2.74 GAA and three shutouts in 15 games while playing for the Rangers Major Midget AA team.

After making the Ottawa Jr. Senators AAA Midget team this past season, Schnell had a 2.16 GAA in 23 games.

Frechette came up through the Glouester minor hockey system and played for the Gloucester Rangers Minor Peewee AA team before graduating to the Ottawa Jr. 67s Major Peewee AAA team in 2014.

He remained with the Jr. 67s until he was drafted 55th overall by the Navan Grads in the 2017 CCHL Protected draft and placed on their AAA midget squad.

All three players were passed over in last year’s OHL Priority draft.

The Under-18 draft, often referred to as the “second chance” draft, was established in 2017 to give midget-age players a second opportunity to move on to the next level in light of the fact that some players develop later than others.

Frechette is a perfect example. After scoring just seven goals and 15 assists in minor midget last season, he more than doubled his production this year with 29 goals and 27 assists.

That level of offensive output is why the Soo Greyhounds have decided to take a flyer on him. The Guelph Storm have been scouting Schnell for the better part of the past season. They picked the 6-foot-3, 200 lb. netminder based on his size and his abilities.

All three players are hoping to beat the odds and turn their “second chance” into a lengthy stay in the OHL.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)



Missoula Children’s Theatre returns to Orléans

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