Ceebees have su­per time at house league tour­ney

First ever event hailed as a suc­cess

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

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.”

Bud’s words

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.”

Great re­cep­tion

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.

Sub­mit­ted photo

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.

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