Let the games be­gin

Trin­ity-Conception-Pla­cen­tia mi­nor hockey teams re­ceive first grad­ing re­port

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

Hockey NL has re­leased its first round of grad­ing re­ports for the 2015-2016 mi­nor hockey league sea­son.

While it still very early in the year, these re­ports carry with them a lit­tle more weight this time around, es­pe­cially in the ban­tam and mid­get di­vi­sions.

That is be­cause head­ing into this year, HNL re­moved body check­ing from those di­vi­sions for any teams not slot­ted in the A di­vi­sion. Body check­ing re­mains a part of the game in high school hockey, AA and AAA hockey.

So far, just a sin­gle team — the Bay Arena ban­tam A — is the only team to find its name in any A di­vi­sion in ban­tam and mid­get.

The clos­est other teams get are the B di­vi­sions in ban­tam and mid­get. The CeeBees ban­tam A team will com­pete in the B di­vi­sion, while both the Bay Arena and Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia mid­get A teams are headed to the B di­vi­sion tour­na­ment.

These teams will be re­quired to play the game with hit­ting for the re­main­der of the sea­son or un­til a new grad­ing re­port comes out that could have them placed in the top di­vi­sion.

For the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts, they are sched­uled to send atom teams to the A di­vi­sion tour­na­ment, the mega tour­na­ment and the E di­vi­sion tour­na­ment. In the pee­wee di­vi­sion, they’ll be head­ing to Kel­li­grews for the pee­wee A di­vi­sion tour­na­ment, while other di­vi­sional teams are trav­el­ling to the St. John’s mega tour­na­ment.

Aside from the ban­tam A team, the Bay Arena’s ban­tam B team is slot­ted for the E di­vi­sion tour­ney. In mid­get, the Bay Arena B team is slot­ted for the H tour­na­ment.

For CeeBees mi­nor hockey in Har­bour Grace, they’ll send atom teams to the mega tour­na­ment and the G di­vi­sion. In pee­wee, they’re teams are headed to the mega, as well as the C and D di­vi­sions.

For their ban­tam teams, the B and E di­vi­sions are their des­ti­na­tions. The CeeBees mid­get B team is slot­ted for the I di­vi­sion.

The Whit­bourne-based Trin­ity-Pla­cen­tia mi­nor as­so­ci­a­tion will send their atom team to the mega tour­na­ment ac­cord­ing to the first grad­ing re­port. It’s pee­wee team is slot­ted for the C di­vi­sion, while the TeePees’ ban­tam squad is sched­uled for the ban­tam mega tour­na­ment.

For Pla­cen­tia In­ter­town, their atom team finds it­self in the E di­vi­sion to start the sea­son. They’re pee­wee team is in the G di­vi­sion, while the ban­tam Lions are headed for the mega tour­ney.

Pla­cen­tia’s mid­get squad is slot­ted for the D di­vi­sion.

It should be pointed out that there will be other grad­ing re­ports pro­duced as teams start play­ing games and their re­sults can be given con­sid­er­a­tion in the rank­ings.

The pee­wee and mid­get tour­na­ments are set for March 28-30, while the atom and ban­tam tour­neys are sched­uled for Mar. 31April 2.

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