CeeBee Stars ap­ply to join Avalon East league

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The Compass has learned a group of lo­cal hockey en­thu­si­asts are look­ing to re­turn se­nior hockey to Con­cep­tion Bay North.

The group has filed an ap­pli­ca­tion with the Avalon East Se­nior Hockey League with hopes of hav­ing a team on the ice when the puck drops for the 2015-2016 sea­son.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the group, which in­clude lo­cal busi­ness­man Mark Reynolds and mem­bers of the past CeeBees or­ga­ni­za­tion, are in Gan­der this week­end for HNL’s An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ings.

“We’ve had good con­ver­sa­tion with the Avalon East league and we’re hop­ing for a pos­i­tive re­sult,” said spokesman Reynolds.

This sea­son was a dark one for the vaunted se­nior CeeBees. Last sum­mer, the team was jet­ti­soned from the pro­vin­cial se­nior cir­cuit when teams from Cor­ner Brook, Gan­der, Grand Falls-Wind­sor and Clarenville chose to start a league with­out Har­bour Grace or Mount Pearl.

Then, the Avalon East league snubbed an ap­pli­ca­tion made by the team to join the its league last Fall. Fi­nally in Septem­ber, af­ter ap­peal­ing their case to HNL and Hockey Canada, CeeBees of­fi­cials pulled the plug on the 2014-2015 sea­son.

Although de­tails are scarce at the mo­ment on this new hope for se­nior hockey in Con­cep­tion Bay North, it is ex­pected more in­for­ma­tion will be avail­able once the meet­ings con­clude on Sun­day.

“It’ll be a com­mu­nity based team,” said Reynolds. “With the new sta­dium and the year ab­sence, peo­ple are cry­ing for a team in the bay. We’ve got to have se­nior hockey. We’re go­ing back to grass­roots which is what it needs to be.”

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