Ceebees minor to host skills camp
Ceebees minor hockey has been chosen as this region’s host association for the Hockey Canada Skills Camp on Dec. 3 at S.W. Moores Stadium in Harbour Grace.
“We are looking forward to it i mme n s e ly,” s a i d C e e B e e s’ spokesman Wendy Penney.
The camp is restricted to players in the atom and peewee divisions, and there is a limited number of spots available to players from the area.
“One stipulation to hosting the camp was that it be open to not only our players, but all players in the area,” said Penney.
This means players from the Bay Arena, Trinity- Conception minor and Placentia minor will have the chance to take part in the camp.
The camp runs for only one day, going from 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The other divisions will be run on the Friday before and the Sunday after Dec. 3. Registration deadline was was Nov. 23. Registration numbers up Penney said all divisions in the association are running well. Currently, the association has 292 players registered from beginner to midget.
“This is probably the highest we’ve been had in years,” said Penney.
On top of that, the association is experiencing a boom in female players, with 69 females enrolled. Adjusting to new rules Harbour Grace minor hockey officials have been adjusting like all others to the new rules.
“Our officials are adjusting better to the new rules than the coaches,” said Penney.
She does not see the adjustment taking much longer to take hold.
“As the coaches become more educated, they’ll find it easier,” she said. “We’ll roll with the punches and move on.”
A good beginning
To kick start their minor hockey season, the Ceebees held a hockey school Oct. 22-23, with Ceebees’ captain Matthew Thomey overseeing the camp. More than 100 players took part.
“He wanted to give back to the association he grew up playing in,” Penney said of Thomey’s interest in the camp.
There were other options outside of the association to run the camp, but Penney said the executive went with Thomey because of his local connections.
“It’s great to go local and players look up to him,” she said.
Thomey also conducted a goalie clinic as well as a peewee clinic aimed at introducing first-year players to body checking.
“We plan on running it next year for sure,” said Penney. “The parents loved it, and it was positive for coaches.”
Wendy Penney is an executive member with Ceebees minor hockey in Harbour Grace.