Cee­bees cap­ture a Roach

Hot seats go on sale Oct. 5 for 2013-14 sea­son

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NICHOLAS MERCER

The East­link CeeBee Stars con­tin­ued the over­haul of its ros­ter last week, deal­ing the rights to re­cently ac­quired for­ward Bran­don Street to the Grand Falls-Wind­sor Cataracts.

In re­turn, the team ac­quired the rights to de­fence­man Brad Yet­man and Bay Roberts na­tive Cody Roach, also a for­ward.

It will be the sec­ond time Street has been moved this off­sea­son. The Cee­Bees ac­quired the 22-year-old as a part of the block­buster trade with the Clarenville Cari­bous that sent broth­ers Keith and Ryan De­laney the other way in July.

Cee­Bees’ coach Ian Moores said the team had been field­ing of­fers from three in­ter­ested par­ties, in­clud­ing the Cataracts since ac­quir­ing Street.

The centerpiece of the deal was 25-year-old Roach, a high en­ergy winger with slick hands.

“It was our in­ten­tion to get Roach back in the lineup,” said Moores.

Roach had pre­vi­ously been a mem­ber of the Cee­Bees in 2010, al­beit for a short pe­riod of time. He re­quested his re­lease early in the sea­son and signed with the Cataracts com­pet­ing at the time in the nowde­funct West Coast Se­nior Hockey League.

Last sea­son with the Cats, Roach posted 11 points, in­clud­ing four goals, in 24 games.

“(Roach) is well-known in the area and he’s had a lot of suc­cess in his ca­reer,” said Moores.

Roach said he was look­ing for less travel this sea­son and is “ex­cited” to join the Cee­Bees.

Moores said he ex­pects Roach will play an im­por­tant role for the Cee­Bees this sea­son.

“We’re just happy to have him back,” he said.

Roach was not the only player ac­quired in the trade.

Yet­man spent last sea­son with the Univer­sity of Dal­housie Tigers. Prior to that, he played with the RouynNo­randa Huskies and the Shaw­ini­gan Cataractes of the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League.

The 22- year- old Mount Pearl na­tive was de­scribed by Moores as a “big, strong de­fence­man.”

A call for sup­port

The Cee­Bees are sched­uled to kick off the de­fense of the Herder Me­mo­rial Tro­phy on Nov. 1 with a home­and- home tilt with the newly re­formed Mount Pearl Blades start­ing at the Glacier in Mount Pearl.

The club would like to see fans pick up where it they off in March, with a full house at the S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium in Har­bour Grace.

“Our fans came through for us when we needed them the most,” said Moores.

Last sea­son, the Cee­Bees were a true Cin­derella story. The team per­se­vered through mul­ti­ple los­ing streaks, fi­nan­cial woes and a strug­gling fan at­ten­dance to win the cov­eted Herder tro­phy.

With this, the team is look­ing to fans to show their sup­port from time the first puck drops.

“We had a very tough year last year and were lucky to sur­vive,” said Moores. “Cer­tainly, things hap­pen dur­ing a sea­son that can at­tribute to fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties. This is why we are hop­ing for the fan’s sup­port right from the start.”

Hot seat dates

To try and jump-start fan sup­port this sea­son, the Cee­Bees are again hold­ing a hot seat sale.

Th­ese hot seats guar­an­tee a fan a cer­tain seat for all reg­u­lar sea­son, play­off and Herder cham­pi­onship se­ries games.

The cost is $60 and the sale is sched­uled to start on Oct. 5 and runs un­til Oct. 12. They can be pur­chased at the sta­dium in Har­bour Grace.

Ticket sales for the gen­eral pub­lic will then start on the af­ter­noon of Oct. 12 and fin­ish on Oct. 26.

“The suc­cess of the cam­paign is a key in­gre­di­ent to en­sur­ing the sus­tain­abil­ity and long-term vi­a­bil­ity of New­found­land Se­nior Hockey in Con­cep­tion Bay North,” said ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber Peter Ge­orge. “It is with great an­tic­i­pa­tion that we look for­ward to the sup­port from the Cee­Bees com­mu­nity and the suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion of this process.”

“We have some of the best fans in the prov­ince. They are the most sup­port­ive in the league and they fol­low us across the is­land,” added Moores. “We sim­ply need to en­sure con­sis­tent num­bers each and ev­ery game.”

Com­pass file photo

Bay Roberts res­i­dent Cody Roach is shown in New­found­land Se­nior Hockey League ac­tion with the Grand Falls-Wind­sor Cataracts last sea­son. Roach was ac­quired by the Cee­Bees last week in a deal that saw Bran­don Street go­ing the other way.

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