Team’s financial situation a concern
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.