Foes will turn teammates as four Cats set to join 'Bous

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Clarenville will represent Atlantic region in Allan Cup Canadian senior championship

Luke Gallant, far right, here with teammates Michael Brent, centre, and Andre Gill will join the Clarenville Caribous for the Allan Cup senior hockey championship. — Photo by Matt Molloy/The Advertiser

By Kenn Oliver

The Telegram—Grand Falls-Windsor

The Clarenville Caribous won’t have much time to dwell on a second straight runner-up effort in the Herder Memorial Trophy final.

This Saturday, a week after losing the best-of-seven final in six games to the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts, the Caribous, along with some additions from their Newfoundland Senior Hockey League counterparts, will head for Dundas, Ont. and the 2014 Allan Cup national senior men’s senior A hockey championship.

“After tonight, all the sour grapes are parked on the shelf and we’re ready to go again,” said Caribous general manager Derek MacPhee. “If you can’t do that, you shouldn’t be at this.”

The berth in this year’s Allan Cup originally belonged to the Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars, provincial champs last year after a surprising sweep of the Caribous in the final.

The CeeBees declined the opportunity to attend, allowing the 2013 runner-up Caribous to fill in as the Atlantic Canadian representative.

That’s not to say there won’t be any CeeBees on the roster, however.

Defencemen Mike Dyke and Doug O’Brien have been recruited for the trip, along with import centreman Matt Quinn.

Also joining the ’Bous are defencemen Rodi Short and Luke Gallant, goaltender A.J. Whiffen and, if his work schedule permits, Cam Fergus. All four are from the Cataracts.

“It’s been quite the grind,” Gallant says of the regular season and playoffs.

“But to have that opportunity, I don’t think a lot of guys can pass up on going to Ontario and trying to compete for a national title.”

The roster is being finalized tonight, but two other forwards confirmed are the Gander Flyers’ Peter Campbell and former Caribous import Chris Hulit, who was unable to commit to a regular season with team but is already signed to a card for the tournament.

No players from the Mount Pearl H.J. Bartlett Electric Blades or Western Royals were asked to join the squad.

“With players like Church (Clarenville goaltender Jason Churchill) and A.J., two of the top goalies in the league, and the defence corps we have with their guys, we’ll have the best defence in the tournament, I’m certain of that,” insisted MacPhee, adding that a couple of forwards, including Flyers’ import Rob Mignardi, have been forced to cancel in recent weeks, “so we’re going to have use a D-man or two up front.”

Joining the Caribous and the host Dundas Real McCoys at this year’s Allan Cup are the Bentley, Alta., Generals, the Brantford, Ont. Blast, the Kenora, Ont. Thistles and Manitoba’s South East Prairie Thunder.

Twitter: @telykenn

Organizations: Newfoundland Senior Hockey League, Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars, Rodi Short and Luke Gallant Mount Pearl H.J. Bartlett Electric Blades

Geographic location: Clarenville, Atlantic, Ontario Kenora Manitoba

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  • G
    April 08, 2014 - 12:16

    I don't think the NL team will be the only team to adjust their roster......

  • Blades of Steele
    April 07, 2014 - 19:56

    Too bad they didn't ask the cats coaching staff. The games I seen on the computer certainly made it very visible the bous were outcoached just the same as they was last year.

  • FrankNL
    April 07, 2014 - 08:34

    This is exactly why nobody can take senior hockey seriously. Incredibly stupid. Feel bad for the poor guys dropped from the Caribous roster to accommodate those from other teams.

    • Kim
      April 07, 2014 - 10:53

      Actually there FrankNL... there is much more than you realize. Not ALL players of ANY team can attend the Allan Cup. Caribous Players are given first dibs to go, but not everyone can get away. Some can't take a full week off work.. or post secondary school.. .there are a number of reasons why some players are unable to attend.

    • FrankNL
      April 07, 2014 - 14:05

      Really, Kim? So its all about the availability of players? Not at all about trying to put together an all-star team at the last minute? Regardless of the reason(s), its stupid to pick up players from another team to go to a national tournament. Nobody with a clue could ever take this seriously. Senior hockey is a joke, not even on the radar anywhere else on Canada. Actions like this are a big part of the reason.

    • Darrell
      April 07, 2014 - 16:21

      Frank, if Clarenville went without pick ups and got blown out, you'd still be complaining. You sound like a sore loser big or little guy.

    • FrankNL
      April 08, 2014 - 09:21

      Yes indeed, Darrell, got anything else other than 'sore loser'? Explain how and why this makes sense. If the Habs beat the Lightning in the first round, it makes sense that the Habs could pick up Stamkos and 3 or 4 other Bolts for the rest of the playoffs? Yes b'y.

    • FrankNL
      April 08, 2014 - 09:46

      Yes indeed, Darrell, got anything else other than 'sore loser'? Explain how and why this makes sense. If the Habs beat the Lightning in the first round, it makes sense that the Habs could pick up Stamkos and 3 or 4 other Bolts for the rest of the playoffs? Yes b'y.

  • Steve
    April 07, 2014 - 07:00

    Doesn't having all these pickups make a bit of a farce out of the tournament. It's basically an NLSHL all-star team going.