Ju­nior hockey ac­tion re­sumes

Each goal re­sult­ing in $25 do­na­tion from Shaw Di­rect

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

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.

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