Ceebees have Power
New coach excited about start of season, new league
Steve Power of St. John’s knows he was not the first choice of Conception Bay North CeeBees Stars’ brass, but it did not stop him from leaping at the chance to coach the team.
Once he heard previous coach Ian Moores was stepping down, Power expressed his interest in the position to a couple of players on the team.
“I called them looking for it actually,” said Power, who coached the Northeast Senior Eagles last season.
Power said he was initially interested in the position because he “ wanted to be a part of a good team and a good organization.”
“ When it was offered to me, I pretty much jumped at it,” he said.
Power joked he was a poor negotiator, and probably should have asked for more to come aboard. But added: “ I really wanted to be a part of it.”
To those new to Power as a coach, he describes himself as a “ laid back” coach, one who really does not let a lot of what is going on in the game get to him.
“ For me to get upset, for lack of a better word, things have to be really going south,” Power stated.
Power said he can get intense at times on the bench, and he is not afraid to challenge players who are not performing on the ice.
Power described himself as a “ Jekyll and Hyde” type of coach.
“ Look at me on the bench and one moment I could be singing a song or whistling, but other times, if a player needs to be put to task, I have no problems bringing them to task on things they should be doing,” he said.
Power considers himself a player’s coach, but”to be sure, you’d probably have to ask the players who have played for me.”
With former Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts goaltender Doug Jewer in the fold, it seems the CeeBees have a bit of a goaltending situation on their hands.
“ Looking at it, we have a No. 1 and a No. 1A,” Power said.
The head coach said the plan heading into the season is for Diamond and Jewer to share the load in goal by going game-for-game.
“ I think Freddy has done it all for the CeeBees, and he is probably going to do it again,” he said.
Diamond is going to be in a situation where he will probably be pushed a little more, explained Power, but he thinks “ it is only going to make him better.
“ Doug Jewer has proven, playing senior hockey with the Cataracts, that he can be a great goalie, so I think we’re really solid in net,” said Power.
Going with one goalie over the other will depend on how the season goes, the head coach explained.
“ If one guy, coming into the playoffs, has proven to be the guy and has a hot hand, yeah, we’ll go with one goalie,” said Power. “ But, both goalies will be given every opportunity to prove their mettle throughout the season.
“ It’s not like we’re going to be turning to an inferior goaltender
Steve Power is the new head coach of the Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars.
on any given night. I’m really happy with both of those guys.”
With the rebirth of the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League, Power said the first series for every team is going to be interesting.
With both players and fans looking forward to the first game against the Cataracts as a big one for the club, looking to get the sour taste of last year’s Herder loss out of their mouths, Power said it is not just the Grand Falls series circled on the calendar — all teams • Name — Steve Power • Born — March 10, 1971 • Birthplace — St. John’s • Resides — St. John’s • Coaching experience — head coach, Northeast Senior Eagles (2007-10); head coach, St. John’s Major Midget Maple Leafs (5 years); head coach, Avalon Junior Caps (2 years); assistant coach, Team Atlantic at the World Under-17s (2005-07).
• Proudest accomplishment — winning bronze with Team Atlantic at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in 2005. It was the first time Team Atlantic had played for and won a medal at the tournament. On the team were Robert Slaney of Upper Island Cove and Cody Roach of Bay Roberts. are “on the calendar.”
“ Everyone has improved, Mount Pearl has improved drastically, I don’t know much about Corner Brook,” he said. “Clarenville, I don’t know, but they could probably go play the IceCaps, looking at the line-up they have.”
Clarenville recently added Bay Roberts native Brandon Roach to its lineup. Roach previously played with the CeeBees.
With the possibility of a team missing the playoffs, Power said
every point counts and the CeeBees cannot afford to start slowly.
“ Someone isn’t going to make the playoffs and we have to make sure it isn’t us,” he said.
Power did not shy away when asked about his goal heading into the new season — a Herder Memorial Trophy championship.
The coach believes he has the nucleus of a team to make it happen.
“ This is not a group struggling to make the playoffs or just getting by,” he said. “ This is a proven group and the core group is still there.”
With the additions of Dan Curran, Donnie Gosse, Doug Jewer and others, Power feels like management has given him an even stronger team to work with.
“ We’re going to play an up-tempo style, and really push the pace,” he said.
Power said he likes to use all 20 players on his bench, which is “a lot more than other coaches in the league.”
He hopes this will allow him to maintain the style of play he wants.
He said the team has skill, experience and toughness.
“ I’m not saying we’re going to go out and fight, but we have guys in the dressing room who can handle that if the need be,” he said.