Tu­ton his own horn

One of the new­est mem­bers of the Cee­bee Stars fit­ting in nicely with team

The Compass - - ORTHTE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

One of the first things Jared Tu­ton, one of the new­est Con­cep­tion Bay North Cee­bee Stars skaters, no­tices when he hits the ice is the fans.

“They are there with full sup­port,” said the 26- year- old White­horse, Yukon na­tive.

When he is out there on the ice, Tu­ton said the S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium fans can help spur on the team.

Fans can bring much more to a team than pay­ing ad­mis­sion and tak­ing their seats.

They can el­e­vate a team to vic­tory, will them back from the brink of de­spair and cause havoc for the vis­it­ing team.

“The Cee­bees fans are great,” said Tu­ton. “It is like hav­ing a sixth guy out there on the ice.”

A long way from home

Tu­ton was not al­ways look­ing for a se­nior hockey ex­pe­ri­ence.

He was just look­ing for a game of hockey when he moved to St. John’s with his girl­friend, Rachelle Blais, who is at­tend­ing med­i­cal school at Me­mo­rial Univer­sity.

“I fig­ured I’d play some beer league hockey or some­thing like that,” said Tu­ton.

First ar­riv­ing in St. John’s, Tu­ton spent some time try­ing to find a skate in the cap­i­tal city.

It was not un­til his friend and former Univer­sity of Alaska-anchorage Sea­wolves team­mate Kevin Clark, a cur­rent mem­ber of the St. John’s Ice­Caps of the Amer­i­can Hockey League, put him in touch with mem­bers of the Cee­bees’ or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Tu­ton only took the op­por­tu­nity to skate with the one se­nior team be­fore de­cid­ing the Cee­bees were a good fit for him, but he will ad­mit he did not know very much about se­nior hockey in this prov­ince.

“It was a very good sur­prise,” said Tu­ton.

The tal­ent level is some­thing that sticks out for Tu­ton when he speaks about the new league.

“The play­ers here are fan­tas­tic,” he said.

When Tu­ton first heard about the league, vi­sions of a bunch of old men “just out hav­ing a laugh,” skated through his head.

“There is a lot of skill out here on the ice,” he said.

Tu­ton ad­mit­ted he did not think there were too many good teams in the New­found­land Se­nior Hockey League, but through six games with the Cee­bees, Tu­ton has formed a dif­fer­ent opinion.

“All of the teams are good teams,” he said.

Bring­ing game up to par

Be­fore suit­ing up with the Cee­Bees, Tu­ton took a year off from play­ing hockey for the 2010-2011 sea­son af­ter his se­nior year with the Sea­wolves.

Tu­ton felt that the year lay­off has been the main rea­son be­hind, what he calls, a slow start to the 2011-12 cam­paign.

“It’s been a small bump in the road, but I’m com­ing along now” he • Born — July 30, 1985 • Home­town — White­horse, Yukon • Re­sides — St. John’s • Oc­cuc­pa­tion — ed­u­ca­tional in­tern­ship at St. Kevin’s High School • Fam­ily — Par­ents are Craig and Gerri; broth­ers in­clude Mike and Jodi; girl­friend is Rachelle Blais • Nick­name — Tutz • Favourite NHL Player — Mark Messier • Favourite NHL team — Vancouver Canucks • Beer or wine — beer • Pizza or a burger — burger • Favourite mu­si­cal genre — coun­try/rock • Favourite band — Pearl Jam • Favourite TV show — Modern Fam­ily said.

Due to the break, Tu­ton said he has had to dial back a part of his game he wishes fans saw more of.

“I’d like to join the rush a bit more,” he said.

Pro­tect­ing his own end

So far this sea­son, Tu­ton has been fo­cus­ing his en­ergy on work­ing hard in his own end — some­thing he en­joys do­ing and is a big part of his over­all game.

“I’ve been con­cen­trat­ing on lock­ing things down in my end,” he said.

In the re­cent se­ries against Mount Pearl, Tu­ton was a force in both aspects of play.

He showed en­ergy on the de­fen­sive end and jumped into the rush, try­ing to gen­er­ate some of­fense for the Cee­bees.

Jared Tu­ton is one the new­est mem­bers of the Cee­bees.

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