Year in review
It was a busy year for sports in the Trinity-Conception-Placentia region, and The Compass was there to cover most of what was happening. Our year in review looks back at the CeeBees senior hockey team’s troubles finding a league to play in, minor hockey and school sport successes, and the Bay Roberts summer swim team’s continued dominance in the pool.
The Trinity-Conception-Placentia region is as active sporting-wise as any other in the province.
Athletes tend to be active in a variety of sports, and for the most part, incredibly successful in them. It is not strange to find young people from this region at the top of their categories year after year.
In 2014, we saw a number of significant sports stories take shape that highlighted many of those athletes. It makes the decision to cut down the top-5 stories for the year difficult.
From successes at the 2014 NL Winter Games in Clarenville to at least a dozen ath- letes punching their ticket to the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C., there have been no shortage of significant stories to choose from.
So, without further ado, here is The Compass’ top sports stories for 2014:
1. Senior hockey moves on
without CeeBee Stars
For the first time in more than a decade, the provincial senior hockey season started without a team from Harbour Grace. The Eastlink CeeBee Stars were ousted from the upstart Central West Senior Hockey League in June as teams in Gander, Clarenville, Corner Brook and Grand Falls-Windsor agreed to form their own league. The move was met with shock and disbelief across the province, especially with CeeBees faithful. Many took to social media to voice their displeasure with the decision. In an attempt to move forward, CeeBees officials made an application to return to the Avalon East Senior Hockey League. However, that was also denied. This left the team without a league to play in. The CeeBees were an institution amongst hockey fans in the region and one of the more successful teams of the past decade. Will senior hockey return to Harbour Grace in 2015? Only time will tell.
2. Tri-Pen takes provincial, Atlantic peewee AAA titles
It was a special year for the TriPen peewee AAA Ice in 2014. First in February, the team knocked off the St. John’s Ruckus to claim the provincial title. Then, the team overcame a pair of opening losses to start the Atlantic tournament to capture the title with a 5-1 victory over the EDZA East Canadiens. It was the first time a team from the Tri-Pen region had won the Atlantic title in more than two decades and first time for a Newfoundland and Labrador team since 2009. The team featured the best hockey talent from peewee players in minor hockey associations in Whitbourne, Harbour Grace and Bay Roberts. Many of those players are now staring at the peewee and bantam levels in the new provincial AAA league.
3. Region earns slew
of provincial titles
Athletes of all ages were successful in their bids to capture provincial titles in 2014. An unprecedented 11 banners were brought home to arenas and schools this year. That includes nine Easter tournament victories by teams from minor hockey associations in Bay Roberts (two), Harbour Grace ( four) and Whitbourne ( three), as well as Sc h o o l S por tN L titles in male softball (Ascension Collegiate, Laval), male and female ball hockey (Ascension Collegiate), cross country running (Carbonear Collegiate) and female basketball (Carbonear Collegiate). It was further proof that the Trinity-Conception-Placentia region continues to produce some of the finest athletic talent in the province.
4. Bay Roberts Sea Lions capture
20th consecutive title
It’s hard to come across a competitive team that’s experienced the sort of run the Bay Roberts Sea Lions swim club has had. Over the summer, the team captured its 20th straight provincial summer swim club title. That signified two decades of dominance for the 30-year-old team and was its 23rd championship overall. This two-plus decades of dominance at the provincial level brings this group in at No. 4.
5. Tri-Pen major midget Osprey proving themselves in second season
The Tri Pen Osprey of the Newfoundland and Labrador Major Midget Hockey League are rolling in their second season in the league. The team sits in first place of the five-team league as of Dec. 15 with a record of 16 wins and eight losses, good for 32 points. It is a stark contrast from a year ago when the team squeaked into the playoffs on the last weekend of the regular season before falling in four games to the eventual league champion Central IcePak. A handful of Osprey players are amongst the league leaders in goals, assists, points, goals against average and shutouts.