Tri Pen pee­wees ready to roll

Ice start AAA sea­son this week­end in the Goulds

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

The S.W. Moores Memo­rial Sta­dium in Har­bour Grace has a strong con­nec­tion to hockey in the Con­cep­tion Bay North re­gion.

It’s con­nec­tion is not only to the present but also the his­tory of the game in the area.

Now, the Tri Pen Ice pee­wee AAA team is look­ing to add to that his­tory.

“There is a lot of his­tory there,” said coach Marty Gre­gory.

The Ice will step into an area with a fan base known for sup­port­ing their teams with ra­bid in­ten­sity.

Quite frankly, it is a built in fan mar­ket for the club. “We’re ex­cited,” said Gre­gory. The Ice will be a part of the in­au­gu­ral provin­cial pee­wee AAA league. There have been tour­na­ments week- ends and a provin­cial cham­pi­onship in the past, but noth­ing like Hockey New­found­land and Labrador is plan­ning this sea­son.

Tri Pen will be the first team in the AAA for­mat to play out of Har­bour Grace since the Tri Pen Frost ma­jor mid­get team played out of the S.W. Moores sev­eral sea­sons ago.

The team draws play­ers from mi­nor hockey as­so­ci­a­tions in Bay Roberts, Bon­av­ista, Clarenville, Har­bour Grace, Marys­town, Pla­cen­tia and Whit­bourne.

“We had a good try­out,” said Gre­gory.

The team had some 36 young skaters try­out, a num­ber the coach was pleased.

“There were play­ers who re­ally wanted to make this team,” said Gre­gory.

Mem­bers of the team are: Kyle Youden, Ben­jamin Ne­whook, Shaemus Best, Jared Cluett, Dy­lan Hart­son, Brady Oates, Daw­son Crane, Reilly Mayne, Ethan Brushett, Ryan Jones, Mark Davis, Lo­gan Husseyy, Matthew Lane, Corey Par­sons, Liam Gre­gory, Darcy Jones, Eric Ardis, Tyler Do­hey and Alex Franey. As­so­ci­ated play­ers are Joshua Kennedy and Josh El­ford.

Coaches are Gre­gory, Carl Do­hey and Gary Brushett.

A new look

Some­times a new league means a team should have a new look.

The same can be said for this year’s ver­sion of the Tri Pen Ice pee­wee AAA team.

Ditch­ing the green, the team will skate this year in the colours sim­i­lar to the de­fend­ing Stan­ley Cup cham­pi­ons, the Los An­ge­les Kings.

And, with any luck, that cham­pi­onship pedi­gree will rub off on the play­ers.

“It is classy and it is clean,” said coach Marty Gre­gory.

The Ice will be skat­ing in the ever-popular sil­ver and black. The ban­tam AAA ice will also us­ing the new colours.

Aim­ing to be strong

The Ice will look to bring a strong de­fen­sive sys­tem to the ice. The team has play­ers that can put the puck in the net, but the key will be keep­ing it out of their own.

“We will be con­cen­trat­ing on de­fence,” said Gre­gory.

The coach be­lieves his team will be strong on the puck and hard work­ing when it comes to the cor­ners.

Usu­ally th­ese are ar­eas of the game that make the dif­fer­ence be­tween win­ning and los­ing.

Since nam­ing his fi­nal roster, Gre­gory said he has been press­ing on his young charges that they are not just rep­re­sent­ing their com­mu­nity with the Ice. They’re rep­re­sent­ing much more than that. “They’re rep­re­sent­ing a re­gion now,” he said. “They need to keep that in mind.”

The Ice get their sea­son started this week­end dur­ing the league’s kick-off tour­na­ment in the Goulds.

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