Crocker tak­ing leave of ab­sence

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

The high-pro­file head coach of the Con­cep­tion Bay North CeeBee Stars has taken a leave of ab­sence from the club, The Com­pass has learned.

Corey Crocker will be step­ping away from the team to spend time with fam­ily fol­low­ing the birth of his sec­ond daugh­ter early last week.

CeeBees’ as­sis­tant coach Peter Ge­orge said the team knew head­ing into the sea­son that Crocker would miss some time.

“It cer­tainly wasn’t a sur­prise at all,” he said.

As­sum­ing the coach­ing du­ties will be two of Crocker’s as­sis­tants, Ge­orge and Ian Moores.

“My­self and Ian will pick up where Corey left off,” said Ge­orge. “We can cer­tainly han­dle that.”

Ge­orge said many of the team’s sys­tems are al­ready in place, which will make the tran­si­tion easy for the play­ers.

Also, Moores is a former-head coach — he stepped down be­fore the be­gin­ning of last sea­son — with the team and Ge­orge has spent a num­ber of years as­sist­ing on the bench.

As for Crocker’s gen­eral man­ager du­ties, Ge­orge said Crocker will still be in­volved in any de­ci­sions to be made.

The de­ci­sions comes at an ideal point in the sched­ule. The CeeBees only have two week­ends, in­clud­ing this one, be­fore it breaks for al­most a month due to Christ­mas.

“I sus­pect the leave will ex­tend into the New Year,” said Ge­orge.

Crocker took over coach­ing du­ties with the CeeBees half­way through the club’s first sea­son in the New­found­land Se­nior Hockey League when then-coach Steve Power was let go.

Crocker helped lead the team to a record of six wins and six losses and got the team into the play­offs as the No. 4 seed.

So far this year, the CeeBees have a record of four wins and six losses, and sit in fifth place of the six-team league.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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