Mi­nor hockey as­so­ci­a­tions gear up for provin­cials

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

Mi­nor hockey teams from the Trinity-Con­cep­tion-Pla­cen­tia re­gion now know where they’re go­ing for pro­vin­cial tour­na­ments in March and April.

Hockey New­found­land and Labrador re­cently re­leased its fi­nal grad­ing re­ports for male and fe­male mi­nor hockey. Th­ese re­ports list host teams for the 41 tour­na­ments hap­pen­ing over a rel­a­tively short four-week pe­riod.

Th­ese re­ports rank ev­ery mi­nor hockey travel team in the prov­ince and places them in what HNL feels is a suit­able di­vi­sion.

Of those 41, five will be con­tested at rinks in this re­gion.

Start­ing with the ear­li­est tour­na­ment, the Trinity-Pla­cen­tia and CeeBees mi­nor hockey as­so­ci­a­tions will co­host the pro­vin­cial fe­male un­der-12 mega tour­na­ment March 20-22.

The games will be held at the Trinity-Pla­cen­tia Sta­dium in Whit­bourne and the S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium in Har­bour Grace.

The Bay Arena un­der-12 Rover­ines are set to com­pete in the tour­na­ment in ad­di­tion to teams from Whit­bourne and Har­bour Grace.

Af­ter a short two-week break, Pla­cen­tia In­ter­town will wel­come five teams to the Unity Parc Arena for the pee­wee E di­vi­sion tour­na­ment. Teams from Bay D’Espoir, Clarenville, CBR, Spring­dale and Twill­ingate are com­pet­ing from April 6-8.

At the same time, Trinity-Pla­cen­tia will host teams from the Bay Arena mi­nor, Bonavista, Clarenville, Port aux Basques and North­east in Tor­bay to Whit­bourne for the mid­get B tour­na­ment.

Mean­while in Har­bour Grace, the Cee Bees rep 1 mid­get squad will host the mid­get D di­vi­sion tour­na­ment. Par­tic­i­pat­ing teams will travel from Bishop’s Falls, Fogo-Change Is­lands, Lewis­porte, Pla­cen­tia In­ter­town and St. Pierre et Miquelon.

Once those tour­na­ments end, at­ten­tion shifts to the atom B tour­na­ment be­ing held at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts.

The Rovers atom A team will be in tough against op­po­nents from CBR, Cor­ner Brook, Gan­der, Grand Falls-Wind­sor and St. John’s.

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