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.”
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.