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.

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