CeeBees score in dispersal draft
The Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars have made a pair of significant additions to its already stacked line-up following the Avalon East Senior Hockey League’s (AESHL) dispersal draft on Oct. 23.
Forwards Ray Dalton and Mike Druken were selected with the first and second overall picks, respectively, in the draft, which dispersed players from the nowdefunct Southern Shore Breakers. The Breakers withdrew from the AESHL last month.
Dalton was the top-scorer for Southern Shore last season, collecting 24 goals and 19 assists in 24 games. His 43 points were good enough for third overall in league scoring.
Druken displayed some offensive skills with the Breakers last year, tallying three goals and eight assists in 24 games, but he is best known for his toughness. Druken led the league in penalty minutes with 111.
CeeBees executive member Kenny Hunt says the team is “quite happy” with the additions it made in the draft. He notes Dalton brings some valuable experience having won a Herder Memorial Trophy with the Deer Lake Red Wings of the West Coast Senior Hockey League, while Druken adds depth to the team.
“Mike Druken brings a different style of game to the tables,” says Hunt. “He can play hockey, and we feel we’ve filled a void on our so-called lower lines.”
The CeeBees traded the rights to Chris Sweet, Brent Lynch, and Manny Smith and draft picks to the Bell Island Wave in order to grab the pick it used to select Dalton. To acquire the second overall pick it used to take Druken, the CeeBees sent its first two picks in the regular season draft to the Northeast Senior Eagles, who played last year as the Torbay Sharks.
The CeeBees also acquired the rights to three players currently committed to playing in the west coast league: Dan Curran, Mitchell Bragg, and Berrick Loughlin.
The team played a home-and-home series with the Mount Pearl Blades Oct. 2930. Results will appear in next week’s edition ofThe Compass.
Former Southern Shore Breaker Ray Dalton will be suiting up for the Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars this season. The team picked-up the offensive forward in the dispersal draft for players attached to the now-defunct Breakers.