Cee­bees mi­nor to host skills camp

The Compass - - ORTHTE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

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.

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