Cee­bees have Power

New coach ex­cited about start of sea­son, new league

The Compass - - ORTHTE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

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.”

Player’s coach

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.”

Goal­tend­ing plan

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.”

New league

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.

New sea­son

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.

Photo by Terry Roberts/the Com­pass

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