Team’s fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion a con­cern

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Power lamented the fact that he will not have the op­por­tu­nity to guide the Cee­bees back to the Herder fi­nal.

“I still think this team can win the Herder, and I was look­ing for­ward to be­ing a part of that,” he said.

Power said even though he does not show it, he is still “pretty broke up about it.”

“This is the first time in my life I’ve ever been told I’m not good enough in hockey,” he said.

Keep­ing their head above water

Mean­while, Cee­bees’ gen­eral man­ager Kenny Hunt ac­knowl­edged last week the team’s fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion is also a con­cern.

“We’re hold­ing our own, but we are not do­ing well,” he said.

The Cee­bees opened the sea­son with an op­er­at­ing bud­get of $200,000, meant to be used on play­ers, travel, pro­mo­tions and other ex­penses.

When the team draws up its bud­get prior to the sea­son, Hunt said there is a cer­tain amount that comes from the ex­pected rev­enue at the gate.

How­ever, the Cee­bees, on av­er­age, are wel­com­ing 150 less fans per game through the gate at S. W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium.

Over the course of the sea­son, the Cee­bees play 12 home games.

“Do the math, at $12 a game, that comes to about a loss of $15,000,” said Hunt.

Hunt said the team’s spon­sors are “slowly com­ing in” and less­en­ing the fi­nan­cial strain the club is feel­ing at the gate.

Find­ing the fan so­lu­tion

The team is brain­storm­ing on ideas to help at­tract fans. Hunt said the team is look­ing to hold its fan ap­pre­ci­a­tion af­ter Christ­mas, but other than the that, the Cee­bees are look­ing at other av­enues when it comes to get­ting fans in the stands.

“We are com­fort­able on Satur­day nights,” said Hunt. “It is Sun­day games that we are hav­ing prob­lems with.”

A cap­tain’s lament

Cee­bees’ cap­tain Matthew Thomey said go­ing into the sea­son his team had higher ex­pec­ta­tions. He ad­mit­ted the sea­son has been a dis­ap­point­ment to this point, de­spite the fact games have been gen­er­ally com­pet­i­tive af­fairs.

For the Cee­bees, it seems like they play the op­po­si­tion tough for two pe­ri­ods be­fore be­ing over­come in the fi­nal pe­riod.

“The third pe­riod has been our kryp­tonite for sure,” said Thomey. “We can’t let up.”

De­spite the early sea­son strug­gles, he said it is im­por­tant for the team to keep push­ing through.

“Ev­ery­one wants to win and los­ing is un­ac­cept­able,” said Thomey. “We still have our eye on the prize.”

Com­ing down the stretch, ev­ery game is go­ing to be huge for the CBN squad.

Only sit­ting one point out of fourth and three points out of third, Thomey said the last six games are go­ing to be a “dog fight.”

“No one wants to be the team on the out­side look­ing in,” he said. “It is go­ing to come down to who works the hard­est.”

Corey Crocker is pic­tured here dur­ing his days with the now- de­funct Fla­trock Fly­ers of the Avalon East Se­nior Hockey League. The Har­bour Grace na­tive has been named the new head coach for the Con­cep­tion Bay North Cee­bee Stars.

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