Mike Dyke named CeeBee Stars cap­tain

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The Eastlink CeeBee Stars have their new cap­tain.

Last week, it was an­nounced that long­time de­fence­man Mike Dyke has been given the ‘ C’ for the club.

“It’s al­ways an hon­our when you’ve been named one of the lead­ers on the team,” said Dyke.

Dyke has been a stal­wart on the CeeBees’ blue-line for the past sev­eral sea­sons.

At six-feet, four inches tall and 200 pounds, he is not hard too miss when he steps on the ice. Dyke is com­ing off a sea­son where he reg­is­tered five goals and 13 as­sists.

A two-way de­fence­man, Dyke is equally adept at de­fend­ing the CeeBees’ zone or turn­ing the puck up ice in an at­tempt to cre­ate of­fense for his club.

When he is on the ice, there are a few things one can be sure of. Dyke will make a cou­ple of op­po­nents miss in the neu­tral zone be­fore mak­ing a pin-point pass to a team­mate, and a big hit could be com­ing at any time.

Dyke said it will not only be up to him to lead the CeeBees.

“In or­der for us to be suc­cess­ful this year, it’s go­ing to take ev­ery­one in our room to be a leader and con­trib­ute in dif­fer­ent ways,” he said.

Sure to help out in the lead­er­ship depart­ment will be vet­er­ans Chris Sparkes, Ray Dal­ton, Don­nie Gosse and Terry Ryan. Gosse is ex­pected to be a part-time player due to work com­mit­ments.

Ryan re­turns to the CeeBees af­ter be­ing ac­quired from the Mount Pearl Blades for a 4th round pick.

Dyke is the lat­est cap­tain in the sto­ried his­tory of the Har­bour Grace fran­chise.

It be­came nec­es­sary to name a new cap­tain af­ter Keith De­laney was shipped to the Clarenville Cari­bous over the sum­mer.

“It’s a great list of play­ers that have cap­tained the CeeBee Stars, and I feel priv­iledged and hon­oured to be a part of that,” said Dyke.

Re­turn­ing play­ers

Mean­while, the CeeBees an­nounced a list of 25 play­ers con­firmed for this sea­son.

Along with Sparkes, Dal­ton and Ryan, the fol­low­ing are the for­wards ex­pected to play this sea­son: • Matt Bragg; • Mitch Bragg; • Jor­dan Es­cott; • Colin Es­cott; • Chad Earle; • Kevin Reid; • Stephen Gree­ley;

It’s a great list of play­ers that have cap­tained the CeeBee Stars, and I feel priv­iledged and hon­oured to be a part of that.

— Mike Dyke

• Daniel Sparkes; and • Cody Roach. Join­ing Dyke and Gosse on de­fence will be Fred Earle, Tyler Gale, Dy­lan Brake, Jamie Tobin, Doug O’Brien and Nick The­ri­ault. Like Gosse, O’Brien and The­ri­ault will see lim­ited ac­tion due to work com­mit­ments.

Draft pick Joey Yet­man will join long­time keeper Fred­die Di­a­mond in goal.

Hot seat ticket sales con­tinue this week, run­ning from 10 a.m.- Noon and 2 p.m.- 5 p.m. at the S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium in Har­bour Grace.

Com­pass file photo

Eastlink CeeBee Stars de­fence­man Mike Dyke has been named the team’s next cap­tain.

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