Clarenville Caribous Herder Champs

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Updated: April 13, 2009

Clarenville CaribousThe Clarenville Caribous are the 2008/09 Herder Memorial Champions defeating the Conception Bay Cee Bees in the final at Mile One Stadium in St. John’s Newfoundland.

After entering the West Coast Senior Hockey League last season, the Clarenville Caribous have silenced many critics who felt the Caribous did not have the size or the experience to take the championship.  Yet after a tough final against the Deer Lake Red Wings, the Caribous pretty much dominated the Herder Memorial Championship.

Starting the 2008/09 season with a mission, the Clarenville Caribous organization set out with one goal and one goal in mind – The Herder.  It became a reality, when the Caribous took a 3-2 lead into the second intermission and then went on to victory with a 5-2 win in just 5 games.  Jason Churchill was named the Caribous MVP as he continued his goaltending prowness throughout the 2008/09 hockey season.

With the victory in the Herder, the Carbious knocked off defending 3-time champions the Conception Bay North Cee Bees.

Not to take anything away from the Caribous, the Cee Bees were not the Cee Bees of their previous three victories.  With a struggling goaltender, the Cee Bees were facing a team with the scoring punch and the speed that exploited every opportunity that presented itself.  It was a series that ended earlier than one would have thought but its early finish did not lessen the victory for the Caribous players, coaching staff and management.

Newfoundland Hockey Talk extends its congratulations to the Clarenville Caribous – the 2008/09 Herder Memorial Champions.

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