Ceebees to open season at home
New league features 24-game schedule; five teams
The atmosphere at the S. W. Moores Memorial Stadium will make your hair stand on its end by the normally raucous Harbour Grace crowd when the Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars host the Clarenville Caribous in the team’s home opener on Saturday, Oct. 29 in what promises to be an electric start to the season.
Assistant general manager Peter George said there’s much anticipation about the start of the new season, which will mark the return of province-wide senior.
With the re-emergence of the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League, fans will get their first chance to see the CeeBees and Caribous lock horns in regular season play.
Both teams battled it out for the Herder Memorial Trophy in 2009 and 2010, with the Caribous winning both times. At the time, the ‘ Bous were part of the west coach league, while the CeeBees played in the Avalon East circuit. Both teams combined last spring to win the2011 Allan Cup national senior hockey championship under the Caribous banner.
Both teams, along with Mount Pearl, Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook, now comprise the new-look provincial league.
George explained that any camaraderie between both sides will not come into play when the two face off in Harbour Grace. Both sides will meet again on Sunday, Oct. 30 in Clarenville.
George told The Compass he expects the games to be “ highly competitive.”
After what will be an exciting opening weekend, the CeeBees get the chance to catch their breath, before hosting the Corner Brook Royals in a two-game set over the Remembrance Day weekend, Nov. 11-12.
The CeeBees will travel to Mount Pearl on Nov. 18 for a rematch of last year’s Avalon East championship series. The two teams will play in Harbour Grace on Nov. 19.
The CeeBees make their first regular season foray out west for the first time for games against the Royals ( Nov. 25) and Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts ( Nov. 26), the first of three meetings between last year’s Herder final teams, before Christmas.
“ It’s one of the dates we have circled on our calendar,” said George. “ We look forward to going down there for the weekend.”
Once the season resumes Jan. 7, the CeeBees get another crack against the Cataracts, on the road, with a two-game set in Grand FallsWindsor, Jan. 14-15.
The schedule sees the CeeBees play 24 regular season games, with an equal number at home and away.
For the first time in many years, CeeBees fans will get to see their team play on Sunday in Harbour Grace.
George said adjustment.
“Obviously, we’re accustomed to having only Saturday night games on the weekend in Harbour Grace, but with this new provincial league you have to have home and homes due to travel,” said George. “ We’re hoping our fans can come out and see some Sunday games as well.”