C.B.N. old-timers shoot to score in Florida

Team loses heart­breaker in fi­nals to New York club

The Compass - - Sports - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

A group of ama­teur hockey play­ers from the Con­cep­tion Bay North area ac­quit­ted them­selves nicely at a re­cent tour­na­ment south of the Cana­dian bor­der.

The Con­cep­tion Bay North Old Stars con­sists of sev­eral older hockey play­ers who get to­gether two nights a week when there’s ice at the rink in Har­bour Grace. This year marked the team’s sixth time par­tic­i­pat­ing in a week­end tour­na­ment.

Play­ing in Tampa, Florida, the Old Stars made it all the way to the fi­nals, losing a close one to a team from Web­ster, New York 3-2. The Web­ster team scored the winning goal with just over a sec­ond left on the clock in the fi­nal pe­riod.

“They were a more skilled team, but we kind of out worked them most of the game,” said Fred Power, one of the Old Stars. “You could tell these guys were a team that played Power first heard about the event a few years ago while he was in Mon­treal to watch a Cana­di­ens game. On the flight back home, he met a few guys from Con­cep­tion Bay South who just com­pleted a week­end hockey trip of their own play­ing against teams from other coun­tries.

“I got in con­tact with the di­rec­tor of the tour­na­ment, and so we got in that fol­low­ing spring,” Power told The Com­pass. “The first two trips were to Mon­treal, and then the last four were to Tampa un­der the same week­end hockey group.”

Power, Steven Lun­dri­gan, Danny Green, Craig Pen­ney and Bernie Reg­u­lar have been in­volved from the start, with other play­ers com­ing and go­ing over the years. They com­pete in a 45-years-an­dover di­vi­sion and have faced op­po­nents from Rus­sia, Italy, Swe­den and the United States.

“We’ve had a bit of an in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing against dif­fer­ent guys, and get­ting to meet peo­ple too from dif­fer­ent coun­tries and dif­fer­ent cities,” said Power. “It’s a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. Hockey is one thing, but when you get down there to meet dif­fer­ent peo­ple from around the world, it’s pretty spe­cial.”

Each day for a cou­ple of hours af­ter the games, play­ers gather to share bev­er­ages and chat. Power said some peo­ple break out gui­tars to play a few tunes.

“It is a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence, no ques­tion,” he said.

The team won its first game against Italy 10-8 and de­feated a team from Bar­rie, Ont. in the sec­ond match. The Old Stars lost their fi­nal round-robin game to Web­ster 5-2.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Mem­bers of the Con­cep­tion Bay North 45+ Old Stars hockey team. From the left, Gary Brushett, Bill Pike, Fred Power, Ray Hyde, Ed Goff, Peter Sel­lars, Steve Lun­dri­gan, Danny Green, Bob Ran­dell (Doc), Craig Pen­ney, Bernie Reg­u­lar, Jim Green and Blair Par­sons.

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