Ceebees sign new coach
General Manager hopes most players will return
The Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars have not yet actually signed up any players for the 2011-12 hockey season.
But general manager Kenny Hunt told The Compass last week they are “in discussions with all players, and we anticipate a majority of the team from last year will return.”
Hunt acknowledged some players will move on, though he didn’t give any names.
“ That’s the nature of the beast,” Hunt stated.
But there’s one important piece of the puzzle that has fallen into place.
Hunt said Steve Power will lead the Stars as the team’s new head coach this year. Power coached the Northeast Eagles of Torbay to a third-place finish in the four-team league last season. He succeeds Ian Moores, who stepped down as Stars head coach earlier this year.
New league formed
The Stars and the Mount Pearl Blades have broken away from the Avalon East Hockey League, while their old rival Clarenville Caribous have left the West Coast League to form a new East Coast Senior Hockey League.
The Stars won seven consecutive Avalon East league titles.
After initially refusing to sanction the proposal at its annual general meeting last spring, members of Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador’s senior council discussed the proposal again at a follow-up meeting in Gan-
Steve Power is the new head coach of the Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars.
der June 29, and final approval came in mid to late July, according to Hunt.
The departure of the Stars and Blades from the Avalon East League leaves that league with only two teams — Torbay (Northeast) and Bell Island. Three is the minimum number of teams required to constitute a league, according the HNL rules.
Referring to the Avalon East League, Hunt said, “they need another team — their goal is to have a third team for this season. I wish them the best of luck with that.”
As for the two other leagues, Hunt said, “we don’t even have a schedule yet.” The general manager said they “ hope to have an interlocking schedule with the west coast, which would allow senior hockey fans in Harbour Grace to see their home team play Corner Brook, Deer Lake and Grand FallsWindsor of the West Coast League at least once on home ice this season.”
With the uncertainty swirling around the future of the Avalon East Senior Hockey League, Hunt suggested senior hockey this coming season could be made up of two or three leagues, or even one province-wide league with two divisions.
“ Where Avalon East would fall into that is unclear at this point in time,” Hunt said.
However, the Stars general manager is looking forward to the fall meeting of HNL, where the fate of the Avalon East League and all other outstanding issues surrounding senior hockey will, hopefully, be clarified. Hunt will be attending that meeting set for Sept. 9-10 in Gander.
Meanwhile, Hunt mentioned the Boston Bruins Alumni will be at the S. W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace Sunday, Oct. 16 for a match with the CeeBees.