A dramatic last ditch effort to save the season has paid off for the Eastlink CeeBee Stars.
Last week, the team announced the need to sell an additional 330 hot seats by Oct. 29 in order to keep the season on track.
For the past seven days, the executive have worked on new sponsors, a revised budget, an increased fundraising effort and that coupled with an increase in hot seat sales they have confirmed tonight that they are moving forward, a team release said.
In the release, executive president Nick Saunders said he was optimistic about the upcoming season but recognized "there is much work to be done."
"We want to thank fans for their support and to ensure fans that we will have a good product on the ice and work with them to address the concerns raised to the executive during this process," he said.
The number of hot seat sales was not included in the release.
This was not the first brush with financial difficutlies for the CeeBees.
Questions about the economic viability of the franchsie arose late last season when it looked like finishing the season was in jeopardy.
However with only a couple weeks remaining in the season, players pledged to play without pay in an effort to help the team.
They were rewarded when the CeeBees made the playoffs and went on a cinderella run to the Herder Memorial Trophy finals. Eventually sweeping the Clarenville Caribous in four games to capture the championship.
"As a new executive team, we are making changes and recognize that there is much work to be done as we go forward in this season," said Saunders.
The CeeBees are set to kick off the season Nov. 1 at the Glacier in Mount Pearl before hoisting the Herder Memorial Trophy banner at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace on Nov. 2.
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