Tri-Pen Frost leaving Bay Arena
After three years playing in Bay Roberts, the elite of the Newfoundland AAA major midget hockey league is leaving the Bay Arena.
The Tri-Pen Frost will be relocating to the Unity Placentia Area Recreation Complex in time for the fall season.
Bay Roberts arena manager Norm Hill had few details about the pending move, but noted recently: “ The arena was having difficult accommodating the Frost.”
For the past decade or so, the Conception Bay North Stars of the St. John’s junior hockey league have held the Friday night slot.
“ The weekend schedule is completely booked by minor hockey and figure skating. We’re at maximum capacity as it is.”
Available ice time and community support were the primary reasons for the move to Placentia, confirmed John Morgan, the Frost manager for the last six years.
In its search for an alternate venue since late in 2009, the Frost approached the committee in charge of the Placentia facility.
One game was held in Placentia late last season.
“ There was a tremendous fan base,” said Margie Hatfield, heritage and tourism director with the Town of Placentia. “In fact, we were told they had never seen as many fans at games as in our town.”
Hatfield added, “As a sports-minded people, we welcome all sports. We certainly welcome the calibre of hockey represented by Tri-Pen Frost.”
“All’s in place for the upcoming season,” said John Budden, general manager of the Frost. “ We’re looking forward to a good competitive year.”
The first ice use will be the week of Oct. 11.
“Placentia is excited about hosting Tri-Pen Frost this season,” said Rhonda Power, Unity PARC facilities manager.
“ This level of hockey will definitely draw a lot of attention and excitement in the area. Placentia has a long tradition of competitive sport and supporting their team.
“ This major midget team will undoubtedly build a strong fan base here. It’s great that the Frost will begin their season where they ended last year.”
There’s another change coming this year. In past years, teams went through the Minor Hockey Association, with individual towns serving as host associations. Now, each individual team is a franchise and a not-for-profit association.
The move to Placentia is one of several for the Frost in recent years. Before Bay Roberts, it played in Harbour Grace and Bonavista.