C.B.N. old-timers shoot to score in Florida
Team loses heartbreaker in finals to New York club
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.
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.