Tuton his own horn
One of the newest members of the Ceebee Stars fitting in nicely with team
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.