Back in action
CeeBees conditionally accepted to Avalon East league
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.