A league of our own

Gen­eral man­ager says team 100 per cent be­hind vet­eran keeper

The Compass - - ORTHTE -

Bay Arena mi­nor has been shown the door by the shot­callers at Tri­Com er … RBC League.

Had time to col­lect your­self? Good, time to move on. The ques­tion is, where does the as­so­ci­a­tion go from here?

Those in­volved in the sit­u­a­tion seem to think the only place the atom, pee­wee and ban­tam teams can go for a game of hockey is Gan­der or Cor­ner Brook.

But, what about the teams who call the Avalon Penin­sula home, and are not in St. John’s?

It was al­ways good enough for play­ers grow­ing up — why not now?

There is plenty of good hockey to be played in the sur­round­ing area with­out hav­ing to go some­where that will put a healthy dent in a par­ents’ pock­et­book.

Har­bour Grace is only a short drive along the Con­cep­tion Bay high­way, the Whit­bourne as­so­ci­a­tion is only a few clicks over the Trans-Canada High­way and be­yond Whit­bourne lies Placentia.

You spend one week­end play­ing a home-and­home against the Cee­Bees.

Then you spend the next one do­ing the same with Whit­bourne, and then the same for Placentia. What have we here? Is that a league to call your own? I think it is. Ac­tu­ally, it sounds like the old CTP League of yes­ter­year.

Rem­nants of that old league still ex­ist, but Bay Arena sticks its B team in there be­cause the A team played in Tri-Com.

Vet­eran goal­tender Freddy Di­a­mond will be back with the Cee­Bee Stars this sea­son.

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