Mi­nor hockey sea­son un­der way

Bay Roberts as­so­ci­a­tion in full swing; Ceebees to hit the ice in Oc­to­ber

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY TERRY ROBERTS

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.

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