Winds of change are blow­ing

The Compass - - SPORTS - Ni­cholas Mercer

With the clos­ing of The Char­ter news­pa­per in Pla­cen­tia, a void is left in that part of the prov­ince. So, what does that mean? Changes are com­ing in this neck of the woods.

It means ex­tra driv­ing hours, ex­tra man-hours and more time spent away from home.

Also, it is go­ing to mean some wrin­kles in the way this pub­li­ca­tion, and my­self, cov­ers off the scores of events that go on in our lit­tle cor­ner of the world.

Are those wrin­kles go­ing be a bad thing?

I’m sure to some it will be, but there will be oth­ers happy in the shift. It’s just one of those things.

As it per­tains to my lit­tle cor­ner of the pa­per, I look for­ward to the chal­lenge of cov­er­ing off an ad­di­tional high school and mi­nor hockey as­so­ci­a­tion.

This means gen­er­at­ing mi­nor hockey reg­is­tra­tion sto­ries, al­lNew­found­land tour­na­ment sto­ries and any school team sto­ries that come up over the win­ter and spring months.

Those are just the ob­vi­ous an­gles to take in this new fron­tier. There are oth­ers.

Was there a di­vide in French and English sports in the re­gion at some point?

When the Amer­i­cans moved in to the mil­i­tary base at Ar­gen­tia, was it the first time base­ball was in­tro­duced to the area?

Or, what about the an­niver­sary of the sta­dium in Pla­cen­tia?

Those are sto­ries that can be chased when the time comes.

As it per­tains to my lit­tle cor­ner of the pa­per, I look for­ward to the chal­lenge of cov­er­ing off an ad­di­tional high school and mi­nor hockey as­so­ci­a­tion.

There are oth­ers sto­ries to tell, a lot more, and it’s go­ing to be fun try­ing to un­cover those sto­ries and let read­ers know about them.

I’m not say­ing it is go­ing to be easy. It’s not.

There are only so many hours in a day, and only so much that the ed­i­to­rial team here can do.

How­ever, that does not mean we aren’t go­ing to try. Will some things change? Sure, they will. But, the chal­lenge will be to roll with that change and keep striv­ing to make the pa­per the best it can be. Which is some­thing we are pretty good at, if I do say so my­self.

Re­gard­less, don’t be afraid to drop me a line if you feel that I’m miss­ing some­thing in the sport­ing world from that re­gion.

Re­mem­ber the “lit­tle” guy

I make the drive along Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial High­way ev­ery morn­ing. Some­times, I get on it in Bay Roberts, while oth­ers I get on in Til­ton.

Ei­ther way, ev­ery morn­ing I see the new sta­dium sign at the top of Jamie’s Way in Har­bour Grace.

It’s a strik­ing sign and mo­torists can’t help but turn their at­ten­tion to the large bill­board.

How­ever, if I’m CeeBees mi­nor hockey or the Con­cep­tion Bay North Fig­ure Skat­ing Club, I’d like a lit­tle recog­ni­tion.

For those who have not seen it, the sign promi­nently fea­tures the logo of the Eastlink CeeBee Stars se­nior hockey team, and a ref­er­ence to its 2012-13 Herder vic­tory.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not against the large dis­play of af­fec­tion for the CeeBee Stars. I un­der­stand the rea­son­ing be­hind it. And, the club is go­ing to be a large part of whether the new fa­cil­ity lives or dies. But, the town would do well to re­mem­ber the lit­tle ones as well.

Af­ter all, the mi­nor hockey as­so­ci­a­tion and the fig­ure skat­ing club are go­ing to be the pri­mary ten­ants in the new build­ing.

Mi­nor hockey uses up­wards to 300 hours of ice per year, as op­posed to the 12 home games a year for the se­nior CeeBees.

The CeeBees are go­ing to get top-billing, its un­der­stand­able. But, the lit­tle guys are there too. They de­serve some­thing.

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