Cee­bees have eyes on bud­get


The East­link CeeBee Stars have their eyes on the bud­get as the 20132014 sea­son draws closer.

If the sea­son started to­day, the Cee­Bees would start it free and clear of all debt.

How­ever, of­fi­cials with the club are still look­ing at ways to lower their ex­penses go­ing for­ward.

“The first place we’re go­ing to start is look­ing at our salaries and see­ing where we can save some money there,” said Cee­Bees’ spokesper­son Peter Ge­orge.

While to some this could sound like a call for a full scale re­build, Ge­orge said that is not the case.

“We’re try­ing to get a fresh core started,” he said.

One thing the Cee­Bees will not be do­ing is sell­ing off its play­ers.

“We’re go­ing to un­load some salaries and bring in some younger guys,” said Ge­orge. “Get an­other group of good core guys started again.”

Peter Ge­orge

It’s not just on the ice that the Cee­Bees are look­ing for new faces. The team is also in the hunt for some new per­sonal.

“We need to get some fresh faces with new ideas on fundrais­ing, and cer­tainly main­tain our spon­sor­ship be­cause our spon­sor­ship has been great,” said Ge­orge.

Along with some new fundrais­ing ideas, the Cee­Bees are look­ing for peo­ple who could con­trib­ute ways to get fans in the S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium in Har­bour Grace. The team man­aged to aver­age 500 peo­ple per home game last sea­son.

“Es­sen­tially, that’s what we need,” said Ge­orge. “I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing new peo­ple get­ting in­volved and help­ing out.”

The club would like to see peo­ple on board who have th­ese ideas and can fol­low through on them.

“Hav­ing help and hav­ing peo­ple will­ing to go out there and do their own ini­tia­tive and take the bull by the horns will be a breath of fresh air,” said Ge­orge. “What we re­ally need is for peo­ple to come in and not only have the good idea, but also ex­e­cute it.” Im­port sit­u­a­tion The Cee­Bees did get some good news from Hockey New­found­land and Labrador in re­cent weeks.

The im­port sit­u­a­tion will re­main the same as it was in the 2012-13 sea­son with the team al­lowed to sign two im­port play­ers.

In ad­di­tion to th­ese two im­port cards, there is an­other card for an im­port goal­tender.

This down from Hockey NL’s orig­i­nal stance that would have seen the Cee­Bees as­signed three im­port spots, plus the im­port goal­tender.

It is an op­tional im­port card, but can­not be used on any­thing but a net­min­der.

“It’s nice to have there,” said Ge­orge. “With the goalies in New­found­land, there isn’t a whole lot who can play at this level.”

This card would prove ben­e­fi­cial for the club, should their No. 1 or No. 2 goal­tender go down with a sea­son-end­ing in­jury early in the sea­son.

The de­ci­sion could help the club save money dur­ing the sea­son.

Still, Ge­orge said the Cee­Bees feel that the league should be a “New­found­land league for New­found­land play­ers.”

How­ever, he can see the other side of the ar­gu­ment as well, es­pe­cially for teams like Cor­ner Brook where it is just as ex­pen­sive to fly in play­ers from St. John’s as it is from Hal­i­fax, Nova Sco­tia.

The Cee­Bees are also look­ing to hold is a sea­son ticket drive, which would start in ei­ther late Au­gust or early Septem­ber.

“Sea­sons tick­ets are cer­tainly some­thing that we’re go­ing to push for,” said Ge­orge.

Fans will be asked to pay for their seat to ev­ery game up front and fans who pur­chase sea­son tick­ets will still have first crack at their play­off seats.

“If we know how many games we def­i­nitely have sold, it’s bet­ter for us to bud­get our money,” said Ge­orge.

Com­pass file photo

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