Tri Pen peewees ready to roll
Ice start AAA season this weekend in the Goulds
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.