Skat­ing with the pros in Bay Roberts

The Compass - - SPORTS - PHO­TOS BY TAMMY SPARKES/SPE­CIAL TO THE COM­PASS TEXT BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER/THE COM­PASS

A great turnout and a great game made the NHL Leg­ends All-Star game in Bay Roberts an en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence for all in­volved on Feb. 8. Played at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts, the game fea­tured nine for­mer NHL vet­er­ans, in­clud­ing Stan­ley Cup win­ners, NHL all-stars and an Olympic gold medal­list, tak­ing on a group of lo­cal hockey play­ers known as the Wannabes. The game fea­tured the likes of Theo Fleury, Chris Ni­lan, Ken Lin­se­man, Ron Duguay and a group of oth­ers. Some 600 people jammed into the Bay Arena for the chance to re­live their fond­est child­hood hockey mem­o­ries. The event even at­tracted fans from as far away as the North­ern Pen­nin­sula. The event went off with­out a hitch, and was un­doubt­edly named a suc­cess by or­ga­niz­ers. Dur­ing the last five min­utes of the first two pe­ri­ods, the Bay Arena mi­nor novice play­ers took the ice for their chance to bat­tle the for­mer pros. Pho­tog­ra­pher Tammy Sparkes was at the rink and snapped these shots. She can be reached at sparke­spho­tos@hot­mail.com.

For­mer Mon­treal Cana­di­ens tough guy Chris Ni­lan has a se­cure hold of Bay Arena mi­nor novice player Parker Tip­ple. Parker is the son of Sean and Natasha Tip­ple of Bay Roberts.

The NHL leg­ends in­cluded: front (l-r) — Theo Fluery, Jay Miller and Mike Krushel­nyski; back — Chris Ni­lan, Ken Lin­se­man, An­dre Dupont, Ron Duguay, Den­nis Maruk and Bob Sweeney.

Novice goal­tender Pre­ston Rus­sell made this stop on Theo Fleury. Pre­ston is the son of Ja­son and In­grid Rus­sell of Roaches Line.

Both teams as­sem­bled for a group shot at the con­clu­sion of the game.

Ian Drover (front) takes a shot on Den­nis Maruk dur­ing the first pe­riod of ac­tion. The son of Andrew and Suzanne Drover, Ian would score on the play.

CBC me­te­o­rol­o­gist Ryan Sn­od­den (cen­tre) played with the NHL Leg­ends and had a goal and an as­sist. Com­pass re­porter Ni­cholas Mercer is in the back­ground.

Bos­ton Bru­ins alum Bob Sweeney taps on the glass in front of a young fan.

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