Minor hockey season under way
Bay Roberts association in full swing; Ceebees to hit the ice in October
The Bay Arena Minor Hockey Association is off to a quick start to the 2010-11 season, with more than 200 players already having registered. Many players have already taken to the ice for a pre-season hockey camp. The association’s president is predicting another successful year for teams in all divisions.
The arena in Bay Roberts is again humming with the sounds of steel on ice and the thud of pucks hitting boards as the Bay Arena Minor Hockey Association swings into full gear for another season.
As of last week, roughly 200 players in all divisions had registered, and association president Perry Mercer was expecting that number to top 300 in the coming days.
“ We’ve had about five registrations, and we’re getting a steady flow of calls every day,” Mercer stated.
The Bay Arena association is the seventh largest in the province, Mercer added, and registration has been on an upward trend for the past several years.
“It’s fast and furious and full speed ahead,” Mercer said.
Things are a little quieter for the Ceebees Minor Hockey Association in Harbour Grace.
The annual Trinity Conception Fall Fair is staged each fall at the S. W. Moores Memorial Arena, and minor hockey is not slated to begin until early next month, said association spokesperson Wendy Penney.
But that’s not to say that minor hockey volunteers in the area have been dormant. Plans are being made for an annual general meeting later this month, and registration will also get under way very soon.
“ We’re behind the eight-ball because of the fair, but we’re very excited about our prospects for this season,” Penney stated.
The Bay Arena association kicked off the season last week with a fall hockey camp, with some 100 players registered. A peewee checking clinic is also on the schedule, and all-star tryouts are under way.
The house league program will begin Sept. 27.
The association is still searching for a new technical director, noted Mercer. A second call for applications has been made for the full-time, seasonal position.
“I’m very proud or our players and our coaches.
It tells you we’re doing things right and our kids and coaches are getting the right exposure. Hopefully that success will continue.”
– Perry Mercer
Mercer said he hopes the position will be filled by next month.
“ To have a technical director to keep an eye on things is a great help. It’s something we’ve had for the last 10 years,” he said.
The Bay Arena association is coming off one of its most successful years, with all entries in last spring’s provincial tournaments bringing home either gold or silver medals.
“I’m very proud or our players and our coaches,” Mercer said. “It tells you we’re doing things right and our kids and coaches are getting the right exposure. Hopefully that success will continue.”
Mercer said having teams compete in the Tri-Com league, which includes teams from St. John’s and region, has helped tremendously. He said teams are exposed to high calibre competition throughout the season, and are in top form by the time Easter tournaments are held.
“ We started off on the low side, but we’ve worked our way up. It’s a great stepping stone for us when go to provincial tournaments,” he noted.
Meanwhile, Penney noted that registration fees for those enrolling with the Ceebees association are not likely to change from last season. More than 200 young people registered for the 2009-10 season, she noted.
Penney stressed that anyone wanting to help out are encouraged to volunteer their time. Those wanting to coach should contact coaching director Noel Milley.