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CeeBees con­di­tion­ally ac­cepted to Avalon East league

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

Lo­cal se­nior hockey fans clam­our­ing for the re­turn of the East­link CeeBee Stars may have got­ten their wish.

Late last week, the CeeBees were con­di­tion­ally ac­cepted into the Avalon East Se­nior Hockey League.

The news comes just over a month since the team filed an ap­pli­ca­tion to en­ter the Avalon East league. A group led by Mark Reynolds, a lo­cal busi­ness­man, and mem­bers of the pre­vi­ous CeeBees or­ga­ni­za­tion are be­hind this latest it­er­a­tion of se­nior hockey in Conception Bay North.

At the time of an­nounc­ing their ap­pli­ca­tion in­ten­tions, the group put an em­pha­sis on bring­ing se­nior hockey back to the grass­roots and ic­ing a team that was com­mu­nity minded.

With the new sta­dium on the way and the year ab­sence, peo­ple are cry­ing for a team in the bay.

“We’ve got to have se­nior hockey,” Reynolds said at the time.

Last sea­son was a dark one for the vaunted se­nior CeeBees. When en­tries in Grand Fall­sWind­sor, Clarenville, Cor­ner Brook and Gan­der formed a pro­vin­cial se­nior league, Har­bour Grace was left in the cold and with­out a league to play in.

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

The news comes less than a month af­ter work started mov­ing for­ward on the new sta­dium in Har­bour Grace.

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