CeeBees host charity game for Bay de Verde
Alumni tilt with Breakers billed as final match at S.W. Moores
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
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.