Not many chances for call-ups among young Ju­nior Stars team

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The coach of the Con­cep­tion Bay North Ju­nior Stars of the St. John’s ju­nior league says he was ini­tially” were, very dis­ap­pointed” to learn that the Ceebees se­nior team would be af­fil­i­at­ing with the Avalon Ju­nior Cap­i­tals for the 2010-11 sea­son.

But upon ref lec­tion, Stars’ coach Ed­die Rus­sell said, “ we do have a very young team, and not many of them would be able to step into the se­nior game.”

Rus­sell made the com­ment last week on be­half of him­self and Brian Hurley, the team’s gen­eral man­ager.

“ Last year when we were get­ting call-ups,” Rus­sell noted, “ it was mainly our over-agers get­ting the chance to play, and cur­rently we only have one over-ager on our ros­ter, and he is not a lo­cal.

“Also, with the lineup they (se­nior team) cur­rently have in place, I wouldn’t think there would be many op­por­tu­ni­ties for callups,” Rus­sell said.

The coach said the se­nior team con­tacted Hurley to ad­vise him of the de­ci­sion to af­fil­i­ate with the Avalon Ju­nior Cap­i­tals, which is based in St. John’s.

“ Their main rea­son ( for the move) was they would be look­ing for a goalie in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions, and they were in­ter­ested in Kyle Downer of the Cap­i­tals,” Rus­sell stated.

The Ju­nior Stars were af­fil­i­ated with the se­nior CeeBees last year. The two years’ be­fore that the se­nior team was af­fil­i­ated with the Ju­nior Celtics, and the pre­vi­ous two years the ju­nior Stars were af­fil­i­ated with the se­nior team.

“ We are cur­rently not af­fil­i­ated with any se­nior team this sea­son,” Rus­sell said.

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