Ceebee Stars wins case with Avalon East league

AESHL forced to pay $10,000 for prof­its earned in 2010-2011


The CeeBee Stars’ string of good luck ex­tended into the court room last week as the team won its law­suit with the Avalon East Se­nior Hockey League.

Late last week, the Com­pass learned that the CeeBees will be awarded the sum of $10,000 and its costs from the AESHL.

Dat­ing back to the sum­mer of 2010, the CeeBees were look­ing for the money it felt it was owed at the end of the league’s 2010-2011 sea­son.

At the end of that sea­son, the Har­bour Grace team de­cided to move into the new province-wide New­found­land Se­nior Hockey League at the start of the 2011 sea­son. As it had been given in pre­vi­ous years, the club ex­pected $10,000 to be paid for their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the league dur­ing the 2010- 11 sea­son and the Herder Me­mo­rial Tro­phy cham­pi­onship se­ries in that year.

“We just felt that we de­served the money, we par­tic­i­pated in the league for that sea­son and the Herder was quite suc­cess­ful,” said ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber Ian Moores, who tes­ti­fied on be­half of the CeeBees.

Brought be­fore the Judge David Orr, the AESHL ar­gued that the money was not paid be­cause money paid to teams were voted on and ap­proved from league rev­enues at the be­gin­ning of each sea­son for the use of the team in the coming year.

Since the CeeBees were not in the league at the start of 2011, the AESHL ar­gued that they were not owed the money.

Ian Kelly, on be­half of the CeeBees, ar­gued that the CeeBees were en­ti­tled to the money be­cause of a profit shar­ing agree­ment with the AESHL.

David Brazil, a cur­rent ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber with the AESHL, tes­ti­fied pay­ments made to teams was to off­set ex­penses for the coming sea­son and not as a part of a rev­enue shar­ing agree­ment.

Doc­u­ments en­tered into ev­i­dence, with the head­ing re­bate, states that each team was to re­ceive $10,00 from Herder profit. A sec­ond doc­u­ment was min­utes from an Oct. 12, 2010 meet­ing states that South­ern Shore, which left the league af­ter the 2010 sea­son, re­ceived the same sum of money fol­low­ing the Herder Me­mo­rial Tro­phy fi­nal that year.

With th­ese doc­u­ments, it be­came clear to the judge that money paid to each team was a part of a rev­enue shar­ing agree­ment and not de­signed to off­set the cost of a new sea­son.

Moores s a i d th ere were at­tempts be­tween the club’s lawyer and the league’s, Stephen Mar­shall , to come to a deal be­fore go­ing to court, but that did not ma­te­ri­al­ize.

When it did go in front of a judge, the club felt they had a “strong case.”

“We weren’t greedy and we didn’t try to get any more than any­one else. We felt we were en­ti­tled to the money and I’m glad the judged agreed,” said Moores.


CeeBee Stars’ coach and ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber Ian Moores.

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