CeeBees minor celebrates another year
The CeeBees Minor Hockey Association helds its annual year-end banquet at the Tilton Bingo Hall on May 20.
For the first time, the CeeBees separated their banquet into two groups.
The junior banquet consisted of beginner, pre-squirt, squirt and novice aged players, while the senior banquet brought together players from atom to midget. The junior banquet went in the afternoon, while the senior ran in the early evening.
The banquets are the annual celebration for another successful year at stadiums all across this province, and the Harbour Grace-based association is no different.
CeeBees minor president Wendy Penney submitted a rundown of this year’s festivities. It states as follows:
Approximately 200 players and parents attended the junior banquet.
All of the players who attended the banquet received trophy and Ceebees hat. The association offeres congratulations to Colby Barrett on winning a trip with the Chevolet Fun and Safe Hockey program. He will be travelling to Vancouver along with his family to participate in a hockey school run by Boston Bruins’ legend Bobby Orr. Congratulations from the CeeBees to Colby.
It was a successful year for the grassroots program and the num- bers have certainly increased. We congratulate all the players for a successful year and a huge thanks to the coaches/co-ordinators for making it a successful program for our young players.
At the senior banquet, approximately 420 players and parents attended the senior banquet on May 20.
Awards were handed out at the event, and they include the following recipients:
• Max Shute memorial male player of the year — Brandon Clarke;
• Max Shute memorial female player of the year — Regan Morris;
• Official of the year (CeeBees minor hockey) — Brandon Lynch;
• Referee Scholarship in Memory of Gord Dean, presented by CeeBees Minor Hockey Bingo — Jason Penney;
• Volunteer of the year in Memory of Craig Shute — Stephen Verge;
Esso Awards were given out to all teams from the atom division to the midget division, as well as the girls division. The association also took the time to recognize all of the teams and players who brought home provincial medals this season. The peewee A team who captured a gold medal presented the provincial banner to the association at the event.
The peewee B team was also recognized for winning the final Andrew Memorial Tournament, who presented the banner to the association. The team also they raised the 4th most fundraising funds in excess of $3,500 in aid of the memorial tournament.
Like the junior banqeut, all senior players were presented with hats from the CeeBees minor hockey executive.
Our senior divisions were very successful winning many tournaments this year and bringing home four medals from the provincial tournaments. Again, a huge thank you to the players for a successful year and to the coaches/co-ordinators for making a programs a success.
I would like to thank the parents who helped all year with tournaments and games, especially in helping with both year-end banquets. Without the volunteerism within our organization a lot of what we do with our programs would not be possible. I also want to thank you to our bingo volunteer groups who support us during the year with the tremendous monetary contribution. You make minor hockey a realization for a lot of players.
Brandon Lynch (left) is given the referee-of-the-year award by CeeBees’ referee-in-chief Dean Whelan.
Brandon Clarke (left) and Regan Morris were named the male and female athletes of the year.
Stephen Verge (second from right) was recognized with the Craig Shute volunteer-ofthe-year award. Here, Verge is shown with (l-r) Kristen, Stephanie and Kelsey, along with last year’s recipient, Michelle Pike.
Jason Penney (left) was awarded the Gord Dean scholarship at the event. Penney is shown with CeeBees’ referee-in-chief Dean Whelan.