CeeBees go defense in draft

Nicholas Mercer
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Defencemen were in high demand as the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League held its final draft of the 2012-13 season.

The Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars, in particular, showed a keen interest in picking up d-men.

The team used its second and fourth overall picks to take a pair of them.

With its second pick, the CeeBees took St. John's blueliner Pat O'Keefe. A former-St. John's Fog Devil, O'Keefe spent the last three years with St. Mary's University of the Atlantic Univesity Sport conference.

In 66 games with the Huskies, O'Keefe posted 22 points (eight goals and 14 assists.)

Using the fourth selection, picked up in a trade with the Clarenville Caribous for Mitch Oake, the CeeBees selected another Capital City player.

This time, the club picked up Acadia Axeman defenceman Chris Owens.

Last season, Owens put up 29 points (10 goals and 19 assists) in 28 games.

In order to make room for Owens, the CeeBees released d-man Peter George.

The CeeBees passed on its next pick, the one it got from the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts in the deal for Mark Yetman.

With its second round pick, the CeeBees took former-Gander Flyer Brad Green. In order to take on Green, the club dropped Mike Druken.

The CeeBees would pass on their remaining picks.

St. John's defenceman went first overall to the Flyers, while d-man Daniel Cadigan went third to the Western Royals.

It remains to be seen whether Owens or O'Keefe will wear a CeeBees uniform this season as both are still listed on rosters with their university teams.

For complete coverage, see the Dec. 18 print edition of The Compass


Organizations: Newfoundland Senior Hockey League, Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars

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  • Joey Hunt
    December 14, 2012 - 08:24

    They didn't pick anyone up Mr. Mercer. They drafted two guys who will possibly never play in the sr. league. Chris Owens is a highly talented guy who will 99% go and play in Europe. But I guess it's a ploy to get more bums in the seats. When they get there and they still see Earle and Tobin on the point next game, they will still stay away.