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Ceebee Stars take three in draft; Crocker selected by Cataracts
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.
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.