Junior hockey action resumes
Each goal resulting in $25 donation from Shaw Direct
The Moorfrost Conception Bay North Jr. Stars and Trinity-Placentia I.J. Smith Home Hardware Flyers are back on the ice in Bay Roberts and Whitbourne for another season of the St. John’s Junior Hockey League action. Both teams are welcoming back a slew of returning players and have high hopes for 2017-18.
The Moorfrost CBN Jr. Stars are coming into this junior hockey season with a competitive attitude.
Having started their 19th year playing in the St. John’s Junior Hockey League in the latter half of September, the Stars are hoping to make it a memorable one.
Brian Hurley, general manager for the Stars spoke with The Compass about the team’s ambitions this year. He said they’re anticipating some big wins this season, and will be keeping on top of their game.
“We’re gonna be playing competitively, we won’t be pushed around on the ice,” said Hurley. “We’re hoping to, at the very least, be in the top half this season, and so far, things are going good.”
As of Thursday, the Stars are 2-2 in the season, and were preparing to face off against the Southern Shore Breakers on Friday, followed by a visit to the Goulds Arena to share the ice with the St. John’s Capitals on Monday, Oct. 9.
Tyler Adams has stepped in this season to serve as the team’s coach. This is Adams’ first time coaching, though Hurley said he’s been making a good impression on the players, and sees a bright future for both Adams and the rest of the Stars.
“We’ve got a strong team this year – some strong players, and Tyler really knows what he’s doing out there,” said Hurley. “We’re going to approach the ice the same as we do every season, no major changes in the plan, but we’re just looking to build on what we did previously. Build on past experiences, and better ourselves as a team as much as we can. Hopefully it continues to pay off for us.”
Much like the team’s strategy this season, the Stars’ roster hasn’t seen too much of a change, either, with only about half a dozen new players sporting the jersey.
Hurley noted that the team still has some of their top players returning this season, such as Ryan Dawson of Bay Roberts, Ryon Williams of Harbour Grace, and Cameron Simms, hailing from Coley’s Point. Simms, as of Friday morning, was listed in the League standings as having the most points so far this season, with nine under his belt thus far. Simms also boasts five assists, standing at the top of that chart as well.
“We’ve got a good group of guys. Everyone gets along, and I think we get some of the best turnouts in the league,” Hurley said. “Usually we’ll get around 300 people to come watch us, so that just goes to show the kind of support we have from people. I think it makes the players feel good, too, to see so many people come out to watch them play.”
Alongside a love of the game, the Stars have a little extra boost behind every shot this season. After being contacted by Shaw Direct, Hurley came to an agreement with the company through the Kids Sport program – for every goal scored by the Stars in the 2017-2018 season, Shaw Direct plans to donate $25, up to $5,000, to the Kids Sport program.
As of Thursday, the Stars have scored 21 goals in four games, coming to $525 donated by Shaw Direct.
“It’s a great little program, for sure. We’re the first in the League to have this agreement, and I think it’s going to prove to be pretty effective,” said Hurley. “Overall, I think we’re looking at a pretty good season this year. Lots going on, but the team is feeling good. So far, so good.”
The Moorfrost CBN Jr. Stars are hoping for a successful 2017-2018 season, welcoming a new coach and some of their top players returning to the ice.