Thomey’s job cre­ates op­por­tu­nity to re­join CeeBee Stars

Matthew Thomey set for CeeBees re­turn

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­

For­mer CeeBee Stars cap­tain Matthew Thomey will look to claim another Avalon East Se­nior Hockey League ti­tle with the club this sea­son. A well re­garded player who spent sev­eral years with the team be­fore head­ing to the Cor­ner Brook Royals due in part to work com­mit­ments, Thomey is set to come back and suit up once again for his home­town team.

Be­fore a cou­ple of weeks ago, Har­bour Grace’s Matthew Thomey was look­ing at a sea­son with­out se­nior hockey.

The 30-year-old winger’s skate with the Western Royals was no longer an op­tion af­ter the team took a one-year hia­tus from the pro­vin­cial se­nior cir­cuit. Work­ing in the Stephenville area pretty much put the brakes on suit­ing up for one of the other teams.

It wasn’t un­til op­por­tu­nity knocked back east that Thomey re­al­ized the pos­si­bil­ity of get­ting reg­u­lar game in the Avalon East Se­nior Hockey League. A teacher by trade, he’d been of­fered a job much closer to home and he jumped at it.

Last week, the HGOE CeeBee Stars an­nounced Thomey was mak­ing his re­turn to his home­town club via their Twit­ter feed.

“It caught me by sur­prise,” Thomey said of the op­por­tu­nity to play with the CeeBees. “I was out on the west coast and had started the (school) year.”

Quickly, his thoughts turned to Har­bour Grace and what it could mean for his se­nior hockey ca­reer. Af­ter mak­ing all of the calls one has to make when they’re mov­ing across the is­land for a new job, Thomey was quick to get in touch with rep­re­sen­ta­tives with the CeeBees.

For them, it was a no brainer. Thomey is from the com­mu­nity and got his start in the CeeBees Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it,” he told The Com­pass. “I can’t wait. It’s been four sea­sons since I haven’t played with the team with the CeeBees. That’s where I played hockey all those years ago and I played four years (with the se­nior team) be­fore I moved away for work.

“A lot of my friends are still … play­ing, so it’s go­ing to be great get­ting on the ice with those guys.”

Get­ting it done at both ends

If there’s one thing Thomey is known for is his abil­ity to play on both sides of the puck. He could al­ways be counted on for a con­sis­tent ef­fort in both the of­fen­sive and de­fen­sive zones.

In three sea­sons with the Royals, he reg­is­tered point to­tals of 15 (7 goals, 8 as­sists),17 (6 goals, 11 as­sists) and 11 (one goal, 10 as­sists). Mean­while in his last go around with the CeeBees in 2012, Thomey posted 31 points (18 goals, 13 as­sists) in 24 games.

“Now that I’m home and get­ting into a reg­u­lar rou­tine now that I’m home, I’m hop­ing to chip in on the of­fen­sive side,” he said. “I think I’m the same player I al­ways am. You know, two-way and take care of both ends of the ice and help lead the team in any way that I can.” A leader While play­ing two-way hockey is a big part of what Thomey brings to the ta­ble, it might not be the most im­por­tant thing.

For a long time, he’s been looked at as one of the top lead­ers in New­found­land and Labrador se­nior hockey both in the dress­ing room and on the ice.

Thomey has the pen­chant for the big goal and he hasn’t been afraid to stand up for a team­mate. It can’t be un­der­stated the im­por­tance of hav­ing another ex­pe­ri­enced player on the team.

“(Thomey) is a class act,” said CeeBees’ spokesman Mark Reynolds. “The lead­er­ship he brings will be huge. There’s no one bet­ter. He’s go­ing to be very ef­fec­tive in this league.

“We’re just ec­static to have him. It caught us by sur­prise.”

The Thomey move is one of a num­ber of changes that have CeeBees brass brim­ming with ex­cite­ment head­ing into the new sea­son. It’ll be their sec­ond since re­turn­ing to the AESHL and they’re look­ing to do some big things.

Adding Thomey’s name to the likes of Robert Slaney, Sam Roberts, An­drew Fen­wick, Daniel Sparkes and oth­ers is a boon for the team. Add that to the in­flux of tal­ent from the CBN Ju­nior Stars and things are look­ing up. They also own the first pick in this year’s open­ing league draft.

“There’s a lot of winds in our sales,” said Reynolds. “The CeeBees are a great team to be look­ing to be­come a part of.”

With the pro­vin­cial se­nior league in a state of flux, there’s a pos­si­bil­ity the likes of Keith De­laney, Ryan De­laney, Brett Shute, Brandon Roach and other lo­cal play­ers could make their way back.

How­ever, that’s all spec­u­la­tion at this point.

For Thomey, it’s all about get­ting the op­por­tu­nity to play at home.

“It’ll be a good feel­ing pulling the jersey over my head,” he said.


Har­bour Grace’s Matthew Thomey is suit­ing up with the HGOE CeeBee Stars this sea­son af­ter four sea­sons away.

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