Green light for Bay Arena se­nior team

The Compass - - ORTHTE - BY TERRY ROBERTS AND NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

Ef­forts have moved into full gear to ice an Avalon East Se­nior Hockey League team at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts this fall.

Team spokesman Brian Hur­ley said the com­mit­tee had not held se­ri­ous dis­cus­sions in the past cou­ple of months while it waited for the fi­nal ver­dict.

“We didn’t want to com­pete for the Herder,” Hur­ley told The Com­pass last week. “With that hur­dle cleared, things are full speed ahead with a lot of work to do in a short pe­riod of time.”

It will mark the first time in over a decade that se­nior hockey has been played in that part of Con­cep­tion Bay North.

In the de­ci­sion made by Hockey NL, the Avalon East league will main­tain its sta­tus as a B cat­e­gory team this sea­son and fo­cus on league ex­pan­sion.

With the de­ci­sion, the league will con­sist of five teams with ex­pan­sions from Bay Roberts and Mount Pearl join­ing St. John’s, Bell Is­land and Tor­bay.

That work in­cludes ic­ing a team, find­ing a cor­po­rate spon­sor and putting a coach­ing staff be­hind the bench.

The team is expected to start iden­ti­fy­ing and con­tact­ing po­ten­tial play­ers and be­gin­ning the on­ice work.

“We want to ice a team in or­der to give some guys a com­pet­i­tive game of hockey,” said Hur­ley.

The first open try-out is expected to take place on Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. at the Bay Arena.

Hur­ley ex­plained that the team will be bol­stered with play­ers who have come up through the ju­nior ranks, and he is keen to as­sem­ble a com­pet­i­tive ros­ter.

“We’ve been ap­proached by a num­ber of peo­ple want­ing a game of hockey.”

Hur­ley em­pha­sized that play­ers will not be paid, though “it won’t cost them to play.”

“There’ll be a bit of (hockey) tape and a few beer af­ter the game. And we may pay for gas for those who have to travel,” he said.

The team has a cou­ple of po­ten­tial spon­sors in mind, and is expected to ap­proach them for sup­port this week.

The team is also in the mar­ket for a coach­ing staff, along with a trainer and equip­ment man­ager.

The or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee also con­sists of Rod Nose­wor­thy, Brian Ryan and Ed­sel Par­sons. It will next meet Sept. 27 (7:30 p.m.) at the Bay Arena, and more vol­un­teers are wel­comed. nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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Com­pass file photo

Long­time hockey booster Brian Hur­ley has de­cided to go ahead with ef­forts to bring se­nior hockey back to Bay Roberts.

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