Bay Arena to host Don John­son Cup next week ‘I am al­ways very proud of the league’ — Don John­son

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY LIL­LIAN SIM­MONS

For the first time ever, a town in Trin­ity Con­cep­tion will host the pres­ti­gious Don John­son Cup At­lantic Ju­nior B Cham­pi­onships.

Three prov­inces will vie for the Cup at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts next week. The tour­na­ment is hosted by Slate­works Ju­nior Stars, which in­cludes play­ers from the Bay Arena and the Cee Bee mi­nor hockey as­so­ci­a­tions.

“ The At­lantic Ju­nior B Cham­pi­onships tour­na­ment usu­ally in­cludes four prov­inces, but New Brunswick can’t make it be­cause of uni­ver­sity ex­ams,” ex­plained tour­na­ment or­ga­nizer Brian Hur­ley. “ We’ve got a num­ber of play­ers that won’t be play­ing for the same rea­son,” he added.

Along with the host team, four other teams will be in the run­ning dur­ing the April 14 to 19 tour­na­ment: the Grand Falls Ju­nior Cataracts; the Cum­ber­land County Cool Blues, Nova Sco­tia; Sher­wood A&S Scrap Metal Fal­cons, PEI; and the win­ner of NL Pro­vin­cial Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships that were sched­uled to take place this past week­end, April 2 to 5.

“ This is the high­est level of ju­nior hockey played in this prov­ince, and we’re ex­tremely pleased to have been cho­sen to host such a pres­ti­gious cham­pi­onship,” Hur­ley says. “ We put a lot of time and ef­fort into or­ga­niz­ing the event and we’re looking for­ward to putting off a first class tour­na­ment and en­sur­ing every­one en­joys them­selves in the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion area.”

Open­ing cer­e­monies will be held Wed­nes­day, April 15, at 7: 15 p. m. at the Bay Arena, with the awards ban­quet set for the Bay Roberts Lions Club, Satur­day, April 18 at noon.

Eco­nomic boost

The cham­pi­onships will pro­vide a sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic boost to the re­gion, as vis­it­ing teams will be stay­ing in Har­bour Grace, Carbonear and Bay Roberts dur­ing the tour­na­ment.

The event is ex­pected to gen­er­ate more than $ 100,000 to the lo­cal econ­omy over the five days. Or­ga­niz­ers say ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers, friends and fam­ily are ex­pected to be in the area from all four At­lantic Prov­inces.

Bay Roberts Mayor Glenn Lit­tle­john says his town “ has a long hockey his­tory and her­itage dat­ing back to the glory days of the Rovers, Point­ers and Tigers. Our com­mu­nity and the Ju­nior Stars

or­ga­ni­za­tion are ready to host a mem­o­rable cham­pi­onship for all who come.”

Mean­while Don John­son says he’s hon­oured that a tro­phy in his name is be­ing played for in his home prov­ince.

“As a for­mer pres­i­dent of the St. John’s Ju­nior League I am al­ways very proud of the league. I am looking for­ward to this year’s tour­na­ment and I look for­ward to see­ing both lo­cal teams com­pete for the cham­pi­onship,” he said.

John­son played hockey in three At­lantic Prov­inces, in­clud­ing two years at the se­nior level with St. Pat’s in St. John’s, both times the team won the his­toric Boyle Tro­phy. He has served as pres­i­dent with sev­eral as­so­ci­a­tions and leagues and as chair­per­son with the Cana­dian Am­a­teur Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion. Dur­ing his term in of­fice the CAHA re­turned to in­ter­na­tional hockey and the Canada Cup and hel­mets were made manda­tory. The first Don John­son Cup was played in 1982 in Kens­ing­ton, PEI.

The first game in the At­lantic Lot­tery 2009 Don John­son Cup, At­lantic Ju­nior B Cham­pi­onship gets un­der­way Tues­day, April 14 at 7: 30 p. m. when CBN plays the New­found­land and Labrador pro­vin­cial champs.

Wed­nes­day, April 15, 11:30 a. m. — NS vs. PEI; 3: 30 p. m. — CW vs. NL; 7: 30 p. m. — CBN vs. NS, open­ing cer­e­monies

Thurs­day, April 16, 11: 30 a. m. — CW vs. PEI; 3:30 p.m.— NL vs. NS; 7: 30 p. m. — CBN vs. PEI

Fri­day, April 17, 11: 30 a. m. — NL vs. PEI; 3: 30 p. m. — NS vs. CW; 7: 30 p. m. — CBN vs. PEI

Satur­day, April 18, 12 noon — awards ban­quet; 3: 30 p. m. — 1st vs. 4th; 7: 30 p. m. — 2nd vs. 3rd

Sun­day, April 19, 1 p.m. — cham­pi­onship game.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the tour­na­ment, go the Stars web­page at: www. don­jon­son­cup2009. com.

SLATE­WORKS - The Con­cep­tion Bay North Slate­works Ju­nior Stars will host the At­lantic Lot­tery 2009 Don John­son Cup At­lantic Ju­nior B Cham­pi­onships at the Bay Arena, Bay Roberts April 14 to 19.

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