Gale force winds in fore­cast

Ceebee Stars take three in draft; Crocker se­lected by Cataracts

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­

Run­ning a sports team is all about col­lect­ing as­sets, be it play­ers, coaches or draft picks. Ev­ery­thing is an as­set and can be used to bet­ter your team.

Of course, the bet­ter as­sets you have, the bet­ter chance you have of ac­cu­mu­lat­ing even bet­ter as­sets.

When a team has those bet­ter as­sets, they are deal­ing from a po­si­tion of power.

It’s all a game re­ally, and it is one the Eastlink CeeBee Stars have been play­ing for the bet­ter part of the sum­mer.

The CeeBees have been one of the more ac­tive or­ga­ni­za­tions in the New­found­land Se­nior Hockey League this sum­mer col­lect­ing th­ese as­sets.

Last week, the Har­bour Grace club turned one of those as­sets into Tyler Gale.

In a draft night deal with the Mount Pearl Blades, the CeeBees shipped the newly ac­quired as­sets An­drew Hill, Mark Tobin, the fourth over­all se­lec­tion and the 14th pick in the Sept. 26 draft in ex­change for de­fence­man Tyler Gale and a pair of draft picks.

Gale played a key role in the play­off push for the Gan­der Fly­ers last sea­son, reg­is­ter­ing three goals and four as­sists, while pro­vid­ing solid play in his own end.

Coach Ian Moores said Gale has been a player cov­eted by the club for some time.

“He’s a young player and he’s not an im­port,” he said.

Gale cuts an im­pos­ing fig­ure. Stand­ing six-feet-two-inches and weigh­ing in at close to 200 pounds, he is poised to play a piv­otal role for the CeeBees.

“Lo­cal de­fence­men are hard to come by,” said Moores.

A po­si­tion of strength

With their last cou­ple of moves, the CeeBees have turned what was looked at as a po­si­tion of weak­ness into one of strength.

The team adds Gale to an im­prov­ing sta­ble of blue­lin­ers that in­cludes stal­wart Mike Dyke, Fred Earle and Brad Yet­man.

Th­ese names, along with the pos­si­ble ad­di­tions of Don­nie Gosse and Doug O’Brien, show the CeeBees have done all they could to shore up the back end.

In the draft, the CeeBees se­lected third and added another lo­cal de­fence­man, Dy­lan Brake.

The St. John’s na­tive spent last sea­son with the Wood­stock Slam­mers of the Mar­itime Ju­nior Hockey League. Prior to that, Brake played with cur­rent CeeBee Jor­dan Es­cott when they were team­mates with the Amherst Ram­blers.

Moores said Brake comes “highly rec­om­mended.

“He is a big young fella and a great, solid de­fence­man,” he said.

Rest of the draft

With their sec­ond pick, the CeeBees picked up Nor­man’s Cove cen­tre­man Kevin Reid. Reid spent last two sea­sons with the Yar­mouth Mariners of the MJHL.

In the third round, goal­tender Joe Yet­man was se­lected.

Moores said the 21-year-old St. John’s na­tive is “def­i­nitely in the plans” for the CeeBees.

“He’s a good, young goalie,” he said.

Crocker a Cataract

In an in­ter­est­ing draft day se­lec­tion, the Grand Falls-Wind­sor Cataracts se­lected Har­bour Grace na­tive and for­mer CeeBees’ bench boss Corey Crocker.

Crocker lives and works in Amherst, Nova Sco­tia and was taken in the fourth round.

Crocker could not be reached for com­ment last week.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/the Com­pass

New­est CeeBees player Tyler Gale is shown here with the Gan­der Fly­ers in New­found­land Se­nior Hockey League ac­tion last sea­son. Gale was ac­quired by the CeeBees in a draft day deal.

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