Don­nie the dis­turber

Gosse to suit up for Cee­bees this sea­son

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

A de­fence­man known equally well for his ag­i­tat­ing style of play as he is for his su­pe­rior skills on the blue­line is ex­pected to suit up for the Con­cep­tion Bay North Cee­Bee Stars this sea­son.

Don­nie Gosse played with the South­ern Shore Break­ers at the height of the team’s fierce ri­valry with the Stars dur­ing much of the last decade, and was a player that Cee­Bees’ fans loved to hate.

But the four-time Herder Me­mo­rial Tro­phy win­ner with deep roots in the Con­cep­tion Bay North area will very likely don a Cee­Bees’ jersey this sea­son, bol­ster­ing an al­ready po­tent de­fence.

When con­tacted last week, Gosse con­firmed that he’s look­ing for­ward to suit­ing up for his old ri­vals, one of at least three teams that will play in a new east coast se­nior hockey league this sea­son.

“I see the way they (Cee­Bees) run things and treat their play­ers. I feel the Cee­Bees got a real good team. I like what the or­ga­ni­za­tion is try­ing to do, and the fact they do not use imports,” Gosse stated.

De­scrib­ing the Cee­Bees as a “ first class or­ga­ni­za­tion with a proven track record,” Gosse said, “they’re win­ners and they’ve got a real good shot at bring­ing home an­other Herder next year.”

Gosse hasn’t of­fi­cially signed with the Cee­Bees, but has taken part in at least two skates with the team in Tor­bay in re­cent weeks.

Stars’ gen­eral man­ager Kenny Hunt con­firmed last week that Gosse is on the team’s radar, and he is await­ing Gosse’s re­lease from the Cor­ner Brook Roy­als of the West Coast Se­nior Hockey League.

Lo­cal roots

Gosse said hit­ting the ice wear­ing a Cee­Bees’ jersey for the first time “is go­ing to be dif­fer­ent.”

But in a way, it’s a re­turn to his roots.Gosse was born and raised in St. John’s East, but is the son of Ralph Gosse of Tilton and Lil­lian (Clarke) of Car­bon­ear.

Gosse works in Bay Bulls and re­sides in Con­cep­tion Bay South. He said trav­el­ling to the west coast last sea­son was “too hard on fam­ily and work.”

“ Tur­tle”

Gosse is ex­pected to add a new di­men­sion to the team, and his puck-mov­ing skills will be an as­set on the power play. But the player known as “ Tur­tle” to his crit­ics be­cause of his an­tics on the ice will also bring plenty of ex­cite­ment to the team.

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