East­link CeeBee Stars sub­mit ros­ter to Avalon East league

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

The East­link CeeBee Stars are look­ing to get back into the Avalon East Se­nior Hockey League.

This is af­ter the team sub­mit­ted a prospec­tive ros­ter of play­ers to the league for ap­proval.

“The com­mon goal is to get back play­ing this fall,” said Saun­ders.

The process started two weeks ago with a con­fer­ence call be­tween CeeBees rep­re­sen­ta­tives, the Mount Pearl Blades, the AESHL and HNL se­nior coun­cil. “It was good di­a­logue,” said CeeBees’ ex­ec­u­tive pres­i­dent Nick Saun­ders.

At the con­clu­sion of the call, the CeeBees were given just over a week to sub­mit a pro­posed ros­ter of play­ers.

Over the last week, the team has sent nu­mer­ous emails, text mes­sages and phone calls to prospec­tive play­ers.

“The set up is dif­fer­ent in terms of player eli­gi­bil­ity,” said Saun­ders.

The team even took a look at the ros­ter from the last CeeBees team to ap­pear in the East league. With most of the leg­work com­pleted, the CeeBees sub­mit­ted their list on July 31 for ap­proval.

Ros­ter hope­fuls

While the pres­i­dent would not di­vulge the com­plete list of play­ers sub­mit­ted, he did make note of a hand­ful of play­ers.

Un­der the East sys­tem, teams are in­tended to be com­mu­nity based. Saun­ders said lo­cal play­ers like Fred Earle (Car­bon­ear), Daniel Sparkes (Har­bour Grace), Cody Roach (Bay Roberts) and Steven Gree­ley (Up­per Is­land Cove) are in­cluded.

“They came up in our two ( feeder) sys­tems,” he said.

The team is a lso s eek­ing ap­proval for long­time CeeBees Fred­die Di­a­mond and Chris Sparkes.

“It’s mov­ing in a pos­i­tive di­rec­tion,” said Saun­ders.

There is still no word on ei­ther CeeBees’ cap­tain Mike Dyke or lead­ing scorer Jor­dan Es­cott, although some se­nior hockey ob­servers be­lieve they may end up in the up­start Cen­tral-West Se­nior Hockey League.

This re­cent news is sure to be well-re­ceived by the CeeBees’ faith­ful and spon­sors alike.

While there is no cer­tainty that the Avalon East league will ac­cept the team’s over­tures, Saun­ders was cau­tiously op­ti­mistic there will be se­nior hockey be­ing played out of the S.W. Moores Memo­rial Sta­dium in the fall.

“I feel we’re go­ing to have hockey,” he said.

East­link CeeBee Stars pres­i­dent Nick Saun­ders.

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