Tri-Pen Frost leav­ing Bay Arena

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY BUR­TON K. JANES

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.

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