Har­bour Grace council dis­pleased CeeBees booted from AESHL

The Compass - - Sports - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Dur­ing a reg­u­lar council meet­ing held on Wed­nes­day night, Sept. 6, council ex­pressed their dis­plea­sure at re­cent news re­gard­ing the CeeBees.

Dur­ing a brief pre­sen­ta­tion, Deputy Mayor So­nia Wil­liams ad­dressed the Har­bour Grace Ocean En­ter­prises CeeBee Stars and the de­ci­sion by four teams to kick them out of the Avalon East Se­nior Hockey League.

Wil­liams sug­gested council write a let­ter to the Stars stat­ing their sup­port through­out the sit­u­a­tion, how­ever, Coun. Hay­ward Blake felt as though council should take fur­ther ac­tion.

Fol­low­ing Wil­liams’ mo­tion be­ing car­ried, Blake brought forth the idea of council send­ing a sec­ond let­ter to Jack Lee, pres­i­dent of Hockey NL, ex­press­ing council’s dis­plea­sure at the way the CeeBees had been treated.

Blake went on to sug­gest that the let­ter de­mand an in­ves­ti­ga­tion be put into place re­gard­ing the ac­tions of Pat Rose, Ian Sul­li­van, Joe May­nard, and Jack Casey, of­fi­cials from other teams who signed off on the de­ci­sion to re­move the CeeBees from the AESHL.

Blake’s mo­tion was sec­onded by Coun. Pa­trick Haire.

“This may be our last meet­ing, and I think it’s ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary that we sup­port the Ceebee Stars,” said Blake. “Ask­ing for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is the ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion for this town to take, be­cause they’ve acted so in­ap­pro­pri­ately. We should not be sit­ting by and sim­ply writ­ing a let­ter, we should ask for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the hockey author­ity in this prov­ince.”

How­ever, Wil­liams felt as though such dis­cus­sions should be pre­sented to the CeeBees first.

“We should make sure they even want us to do this, first,” said Wil­liams. “It could be a le­gal thing, you know? There could be le­gal work in­volved with this, and we have to make sure that we’re do­ing things right.”

Blake’s mo­tion was car­ried at the end of council’s dis­cus­sion.

How­ever, council mem­bers did go on to ex­press their per­sonal dis­plea­sure with the events that had un­folded in re­cent weeks.

“This was a group of guys that, back in the day, were just play­ing some hockey,” said Mayor Terry Barnes. “And now look at them, last year they came out of it with the Herder. There’s no rea­son they should not be a part of the league.”

TELE­GRAM FILE PHOTO

The Har­bour Grace Ocean En­ter­prises CeeBee Stars re­cently got kicked out of the Avalon East Se­nior Hockey League. They’re seen here af­ter win­ning the Herder Memo­rial Cham­pi­onship ear­lier this year.

COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

Har­bour Grace Deputy Mayor So­nia Wil­liams.

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