Ceebees have super time at house league tourney
First ever event hailed as a success
To find the last time visitors to the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace had to park on Water Street you’d have to go back to last year’s senior hockey final.
But, that is what happened on March 29 at the venerable arena when the CeeBees Minor Hockey Association held its first ever year-end house league tournament.
Featuring games for all players in every division from pre-novice to midget, Super Saturday was an impressive display of solidarity and hockey brotherhood.
With each team vying for the Bud Chafe Cup, a throng of parents, players, grandparents and siblings jammed themselves into the S.W. Moores for some intense hockey action.
“It’s working out phenomenal,” said CeeBees’ minor president Wendy Penney.
To ensure all players would be at the rink, the association made sure there were no teams travelling to outside tournaments.
With some players playing with rep teams and players who do not, it was important to restrict travel for the weekend.
“Every CeeBees player is here this weekend and you can’t get through the lobby,” said Penney.
Perhaps the most impressive part of the weekend is the trophy being presented to all winning teams.
The Bud Chafe Cup is a replica of the treasured Stanley Cup Trophy. Standing at least two feet tall, the tro- phy catches the eye immediately.
It gave the tournament a big game feel to it and upped the ante for the teams competing.
“We had our novice kids here and they were in awe when we brought it in,” said Penney. “They knew they were playing for a trophy, but they didn’t realize it was going to be a replica of the Stanley Cup.”
It is not commonplace for a tournament trophy to be named after someone who still turns out to the rink every chance he gets.
But, that’s what makes it even more special to longtime hockey volunteer Albert (Bud) Chafe.
“There aren’t very many people who get this honour and are alive to see it,” he said with a smile.
When it comes to the trophy, Chafe said he was “more than surprised” when he saw it.
“I thought they may have one made out of cardboard that they made themselves,” he said. “When they opened it up, I really didn’t know
what to say. I was flabbergasted.”
The event is being hailed as a big day for the CeeBees association.
“We’ve got some great skaters out there and the players are enjoying it,” said Chafe.
Vice-president Brian Donovan, who also serves as a coach in the association, was in awe of the amount of people in the stadium.
“I don’t know the last time you had to park on Water Street for a minor hockey event,” he said.
The day is surely one of the brightest spots of the season for the association, and Donovan had perhaps the highest praise.
“It was the biggest showing, the biggest hockey feeling and camaraderie that ever came to the S.W. Moores as a minor hockey event,” he said.
CeeBees’s player Maggie Jones was the first skater to hoist the Bud Chafe Cup as a part of the Super Saturday house league tournament at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace March 29.