Donnie the disturber
Gosse to suit up for Ceebees this season
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.
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.”
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.