CeeBees unite with Caribous
Combined team to compete for Allan Cup this week
Fans of the Conception Bay North Eastlink CeeBee Stars may be surprised to learn that 10 of the team’s best players have agreed to join the Clarenville Caribous.
But there’s no cause for alarm, for as of now, it’s only a temporary arrangement.
The CeeBees and the Caribous will join forces from April 11-16 in Kenora, Ont., for the 2011 Allan Cup. The event, founded in 1908, is the national championship for amateur senior hockey.
It will be a first-time experience for CeeBees captain Matthew Thomey, who is looking forward to playing for Canada’s premier senior hockey trophy.
“It’s the No. 1 senior hockey tournament in Canada, so the competition is going to be very tough. I look at the lineup, and we’re pretty deep.”
It was back in December that the CeeBee Stars organization was first contacted about the possibility of joining forces with the Caribous, and Thomey got word in February the team was specifically interested in using him for the tournament.
“ I had to hash out a couple of issues with exams (at school) to make it work, but I got that straightened away,” said Thomey.
Playing with Caribous who took part in last year’s Allan Cup will benefit newcomers like Thomey, he said. It may also be a strange expe- • — Jeremy Kavanagh, Andrew Hill, * Matthew French, *Mike Dyke, * Brandon Roach, Travis Chapman, David Victor and Jordan Smith. • — * Matthew Thomey, * Scott Brophy, * Ryan Delaney, Brad Crann, Dustin Russell,Mitch Oake, * Chris Crosbie, * Chris Sparkes, * Sean Wadden, Dale Sullivan, * Chris Bartlett and Ryan Power.
— Lee Smith and Jason Churchill (* denotes players from the Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars) rience wearing the jersey of a team that defeated the CeeBee Stars in two straight Herder finals in 2009 and 2010.
CeeBee Stars coach Ian Moores was initially planning to travel with the team as an assistant coach, but he has since dropped out due to work commitments.
“I hope the team has a great time and great success,” he said. “I’m glad there’s a lot of players going to represent our team.”
The last team to win the Allan Cup from Newfoundland and Labrador was the Corner Brook Royals, who were repeat winners in 1985 and 1986.
Chris Sparkes (left) Matthew Thomey and Sean Wadden, seen here in Game 2 of the Telegram Herder Memorial Championship series last month, are all set to join the Clarenville Caribous’ roster for the 2011 Allan Cup in Kenora, Ont.