Death on the ice

Bay Roberts Avalon East en­try folds be­fore it even gets go­ing

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

In the end, it was a num­bers game.

The of­fi­cials be­hind the Bay Roberts en­try into the Avalon East Se­nior Hockey League de­cided last week to halt ef­forts to ice a team af­ter it was ap­par­ent there was not enough player in­ter­est to get it off of the ground.

“We talked to a num­ber of play­ers last year, and there was some in­ter­est, but it just didn’t work out,” spokesman Brian Hur­ley said Oct. 10.

On the first open skate for the team, less than a dozen play­ers came out. A sec­ond ses­sion on Oct. 9 was a to­tal flop, and the ice-time was turned over to the CBN Jr. Stars for a prac­tice.

“Some play­ers we looked at chose to play over-19,” said Hur­ley. “Some, who were re­cent ju­nior grads moved away.”

The well-known hockey booster said the team could’ve sought play­ers from out­side the Con­cep­tion Bay North re­gion, but was re­luc­tant to do so.

“We wanted 12 good lo­cal play­ers to get some fans out to the games,” he said. “We gave it a shot.”

When Hur­ley no­ti­fied the league of the team’s in­ten­tions not to ice a team, he said it “fully un­der­stood and was sup­port­ive.”

The fail­ure to ice a team this sea­son has not de­terred Hur­ley and the other mem­bers of the ex­ec­u­tive from think­ing about ic­ing a team next sea­son.

“We’re go­ing to see how it goes,” he said. “We might have a skate at the end of the year.”

Hur­ley had yet to ap­proach any spon­sors about the team. In­stead, he wanted to wait for the play­ers to show up.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Com­pass file photo

Brian Hur­ley, the man be­hind the Bay Roberts en­try into the Avalon East Se­nior Hockey League, has de­cided to fold the team be­cause of a lack of in­ter­est.

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