CeeBees host char­ity game for Bay de Verde

Alumni tilt with Break­ers billed as fi­nal match at S.W. Moores

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

When the CeeBee Stars con­cluded their Avalon East Se­nior Hockey League sea­son they as­sumed they’d get to spend one more last night at the S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium this fall.

How­ever, an ahead of sched­ule re­place­ment at the top of Jamie’s Way in Har­bour Grace means the ven­er­a­ble arena saw it’s last se­nior hockey game on Jan. 24.

“We were a lit­tle sad we didn’t get a chance to say good­bye to the old barn,” said team of­fi­cial Tracey Shute.

With that in mind, Shute set out a cou­ple of weeks back to put to­gether a proper send­off for the 60-year-old S.W. Moores. It in­cludes an alumni game be­tween the CeeBees and their ri­vals the South­ern Shore Break­ers this Fri­day night.

“We’re go­ing to ex­plode with ex­cite­ment,” said Shute. “We are thrilled to have the Break­ers com­ing down for the game.”

The game serves a dual pur­pose for the club. Not only will it be the last se­nior hockey game at the arena, it will also be a fundraiser for the Town of Bay de Verde.

Last week, a mas­sive blow was struck to the com­mu­nity when the Quin­lan Brother’s fish plant was dec­i­mated by fire. The loss of the build­ing put some 700 peo­ple out of work and gave the lo­cal econ­omy a gi­ant hit.

With the bless­ing of Bay de Verde Mayor Ger­ard Mur­phy, the CeeBees set about ar­rang­ing every­thing and build­ing the game.

“We have a huge fan base from the area. They’ve been loyal to us over the years and this is a way to re­turn that loy­alty,” said Shute.

Tick­ets are $10 and all pro­ceeds will go to Bay de Verde. Get­ting the ice With an idea in mind and a cause to play for, all that re­mained was get­ting the town on board and the ice left on for an ex­tra week.

Af­ter get­ting help from Har­bour Grace Mayor Terry Barnes and rink man­ager Mike Adam, it was agreed the ice would be left on for an ex­tra week.

To add to things, the team will get pro­ceeds from the bar and the can­teen to help with their do­na­tion to Bay de Verde.

On the CeeBees side, fans can ex­pect to see the likes of Ryan De­laney, Keith De­laney, Sean Wad­den, Randy Rear­don, Mike Dyke and Chad Par­sons, amongst oth­ers.

Mean­while, the Break­ers are bring­ing Dale Sul­li­van, Andy Sul­li­van, Den­nis Lake, Don­nie Gosse and a host of other big names.

“I’m go­ing to see if we can get Don­nie traded mid-game,” laughed Shute. Gosse, of course, won a Herder with the CeeBees in 2011. “The Shore came on board right away. They’re bring­ing an all-star team. Our guys were quick to jump on­board as well.

“Who wouldn’t want to play the last game at the sta­dium?”

Since the game has been an­nounced on the CeeBees Face­book page, there have been Bay de Verde res­i­dents who have reached out to give thanks for the game.

Shute said when you want to help, you do what you do best. For the CeeBees that’s put off a hockey game.

“We want to let them know they’re not along in this,” she said. “We look af­ter our hockey fam­ily.”

We have a huge fan base from the area. They’ve been loyal to us over the years and this is a way to re­turn that loy­alty. Tracy Shute

NI­CHOLAS MERCER/THE COM­PASS

The CeeBee Stars and South­ern Shore Break­ers will have a char­ity game for the town of Bay de Verde this Fri­day night at the S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium in Har­bour Grace.

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