CeeBee Stars apply to join Avalon East league
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.”