Ex­cited about 2010-11 se­nior hockey sea­son

C.B.N. CeeBee Stars to kick off year in Har­bour Grace with game against Mon­treal Cana­di­ans Leg­ends

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

When the tem­per­a­ture out­side is hit­ting the high twen­ties and peo­ple are com­plain­ing about how “sticky” it is, ice hockey may be the last thing on most peo­ple’s minds.

But when you talk to Ian Moores, it’s not hard to get him to talk hockey even on one of the hottest days of a New­found­land sum­mer, as far away from the hockey sea­son as you can skate.

“I’ve been talk­ing hockey,” since the last sea­son ended,” Moores quipped when The Com­pass con­tacted the C.B.N. CeeBee Stars’ coach last week.

Like ev­ery­one, he’s en­joy­ing the sum­mer, but can’t wait for late Septem­ber when his pride and joy CeeBees team lace up to start prac­tic­ing for an­other sea­son.

Moores comes by his fer­vour for the sport hon­estly. A sec­ond gen­er­a­tion CeeBee, he is the son of Doug Moores of Har­bour Grace who played for the CeeBees back in the late ‘60s, dur­ing their first dy­nasty. Four decades later his fa­ther is still very much in­volved with the team as an ac­tive mem­ber of the club’s ex­ec­u­tive.

Start­ing in Oc­to­ber, the CeeBees will play 24 reg­u­lar sea­son games against their ri­vals in the Avalon East Se­nior Hockey League, in­clud­ing the South­ern Shore Break­ers, Mount Pearl Blades, Tor­bay and Bell Is­land.

Af­ter two dis­ap­point­ing sea­sons of los­ing the cov­eted Herder Me­mo­rial Tro­phy to Clarenville, Moores and his CeeBee Stars are chaf­ing at the bit to get back on the ice and rob the Cari­bous of a hat trick.

The CeeBees made pro­vin­cial hockey his­tory two years ago when they won the Herder three sea­sons in a row.

“ We won three straight (Herders) and lost two straight,” Moores said. The last two loses were “ bit­ter de­feats” for his team the 34-year-old coach ad­mits.

But de­spite los­ing the Herder for the sec­ond year in a row, the CeeBees did have a good sea­son last year win­ning the Avalon East Se­nior League cham­pi­onship for the sixth con­sec­u­tive year and record­ing the best win­ning per­cent­age in New­found­land se­nior hockey.

“ We’re look­ing for­ward to some changes next sea­son,” he says.

“ The (CeeBees) or­ga­ni­za­tion wants to get back on top,” the coach says, “no ques­tion about that.”

To help them get there they are hop­ing to bring back some for­mer play­ers and add some new legs to the line-up. They have their eye on seven or eight prospects for the up­com­ing sea­son, in­clud­ing some for­mer CeeBees and some, who would be new­com­ers to the club. All have strong cre­den­tials.

“It’s not con­firmed yet, the coach cau­tioned, but it’s no se­cret we’re tar­get­ing the two De­laneys, Keith and Ryan. Sean Wad­den is an­other player they would like to see wear­ing a CeeBees jersey and they are hop­ing to sign Coady Roach, who has been play­ing ju­nior hockey on the main­land. Bran­don Roach who has also been play­ing pro­fes­sional hockey on the main­land for a num­ber of years is an­other prospect the CeeBees would like to see dress for them next sea­son. The Roaches are from the Bay Roberts area.

Ryan Pen­ney of Salmon Cove played with the Cari­bous for the past two sea­sons help­ing Clarenville win back-to-back Herders. Pen­ney is an­other player the CeeBees hope to lure to their club for the 2010-11 sea­son.

Moores said the club is also talk­ing to Matthew Brag of New­man’s Cove, Bon­av­ista Bay. Brag played three years with the Bar­rie (On­tario) Colts and one sea­son with the Windsor Spit­fires of the Ma­jor Ju­nior League. And Scott Bro­phy of St. John’s, who played for two years with the Gatineau Olympics of the Que­bec Ju­nior Hockey League and a sea­son with the St. John’s Fog Devils. He also played four years with the na­tional cham­pion St. Mary’s Huskies of the AUAA.

They could stand to gain seven or eight new play­ers. But Moores says they may lose Mark Tobin.

While the coach is con­fi­dent his team will not only make it to the fi­nals, but bring the Herder back to Con­cep­tion Bay North next year, the road to the Herder is never easy for any team. Men­tion­ing some of their ri­val teams that make up the Avalon East Se­nior Hockey League, Moores says Mount Pearl just signed Randy and An­drew Piercey. “So they’re go­ing to be very strong next sea­son.” The South­ern Shore Break­ers, who usu­ally give se­nior hockey fans a good game when­ever they tan­gle with the CeeBees, will be back, and Tor­bay and Bell Is­land round out the league mem­ber­ship.

Solid fan base

Al­lud­ing to the de­gree of sup­port his club en­joys in the Con­cep­tion Bay North area, Moores says, “we get a lot of sup­port from our fans... big time, and we look for­ward to the same kind of sup­port next sea­son. But fans want to see their team win, and we look for­ward to bring­ing back the Herder next year.

“ We’re ex­cited about the 2010-2011 sea­son and, with con­tin­ued sup­port from our fans, we’ll get back on top and bring the Herder back to C.B.N.,” he vowes.

Mon­treal Cana­di­ans Leg­ends

Moores says the CeeBees will kick off the sea­son with a match against the Mon­treal Cana­di­ans Leg­ends.

Lorne Tucker, man­ager of the S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium, who ar­ranged the match, con­firmed the Mon­treal Cana­di­ans Leg­ends team will be at the S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium Oct. 16 for a game with the CeeBees.

Tucker said Stephane Richer of the Cana­di­ans Leg­ends will be in the prov­ince July 29 for a celebrity golf tour­na­ment at The Wilds on Sal­monier Line, where the team line-up and more de­tails of their Oc­to­ber visit to the prov­ince will an­nounced.

Har­bour Grace is one of only three places on the is­land the Leg­ends will visit this fall. They also have games sched­uled for Mount Pearl and Bon­av­ista.

Mean­while, be­sides their loyal fan base, the CeeBees are look­ing at set­ting up a booster club.

While no changes are ex­pected on this year’s ex­ec­u­tive, Moores says they’re al­ways look­ing for vol­un­teers will­ing to help out the club in any way they can.

ON THE HORN — It’s mid sum­mer, a long skate from the hockey sea­son. But, out­side his Bay Roberts’ home, Ian Moores is al­ready on his cell phone talk­ing to play­ers he would like to see sport a CBN CeeBee Stars’ jersey like this one dur­ing the 201011 sea­son.

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