Hot seats go on sale Oct. 5 for 2013-14 season
The Eastlink CeeBee Stars continued the overhaul of its roster last week, dealing the rights to recently acquired forward Brandon Street to the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts.
In return, the team acquired the rights to defenceman Brad Yetman and Bay Roberts native Cody Roach, also a forward.
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Bay Roberts resident Cody Roach is shown in Newfoundland Senior Hockey League actio with the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts last season. Roach was acquired by the CeeBees last week in a deal that saw Brandon Street go the other way.
It will be the second time Street has been moved this offseason. The CeeBees acquired the 22-year-old as a part of the blockbuster trade with the Clarenville Caribous that sent brothers Keith and Ryan Delaney the other way in July.
CeeBees' coach Ian Moores said the team had been fielding offers from three interested parties, including the Cataracts since acquiring Street.
The centerpiece of the deal was 25-year-old Roach, a high energy winger with slick hands.
"It was our intention to get Roach back in the lineup," said Moores.
Roach had previously been a member of the CeeBees in 2010, albeit for a short period of time. He requested his release early in the season and signed with the Cataracts competing at the time in the now-defunct West Coast Senior Hockey League.
Last season with the Cats, Roach posted 11 points, including four goals, in 24 games.
"(Roach) is well-known in the area and he's had a lot of success in his career," said Moores.
Roach said he was looking for less travel this season and is "excited" to join the CeeBees.
Moores said he expects Roach will play an important role for the CeeBees this season.
"We're just happy to have him back," he said.
Roach was not the only player acquired in the trade.
Yetman spent last season with the University of Dalhousie Tigers. Prior to that, he played with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and the Shawinigan Cataractes of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
The 22-year-old Mount Pearl native was described by Moores as a "big, strong defenceman."
A call for support
The CeeBees are scheduled to kick off the defense of the Herder Memorial Trophy on Nov. 1 with a home-and-home tilt with the newly reformed Mount Pearl Blades starting at the Glacier in Mount Pearl.
The club would like to see fans pick up where it they off in March, with a full house at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace.
"Our fans came through for us when we needed them the most," said Moores.
Last season, the CeeBees were a true Cinderella story. The team persevered through multiple losing streaks, financial woes and a struggling fan attendance to win the coveted Herder trophy.
With this, the team is looking to fans to show their support from time the first puck drops.
"We had a very tough year last year and were lucky to survive," said Moores. "Certainly, things happen during a season that can attribute to financial difficulties. This is why we are hoping for the fan's support right from the start."
Hot seat dates
To try and jump-start fan support this season, the CeeBees are again holding a hot seat sale.
These hot seats guarantee a fan a certain seat for all regular season, playoff and Herder championship series games.
The cost is $60 and the sale is scheduled to start on Oct. 5 and runs until Oct. 12. They can be purchased at the stadium in Harbour Grace.
Ticket sales for the general public will then start on the afternoon of Oct. 12 and finish on Oct. 26.
"The success of the campaign is a key ingredient to ensuring the sustainability and long-term viability of Newfoundland Senior Hockey in Conception Bay North," said executive member Peter George. "It is with great anticipation that we look forward to the support from the CeeBees community and the successful conclusion of this process."
"We have some of the best fans in the province. They are the most supportive in the league and they follow us across the island," added Moores. "We simply need to ensure consistent numbers each and every game."