Crocker taking leave of absence
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.