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Seems like controversy is never too far away from hockey here in Newfoundland and Labrador, whether it’s an MHA opening his mouth or something happening on the ice.
Read the latest story carried on CBC – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2013/02/01/nl-hockey-fight-reaction-review-201.html - Where a recent incident on the ice has led former professional player Todd Gillingham to quesiton his role in hockey.
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Just a mere few weeks after the Newfoundland and Labrador big game licenses are issued, the Clarenville Caribous find themselves hunting, but this time it’s for a new head coach.
As previously stated here on Newfoundland Hockey Talk about Coach Pearcey leaving the Caribous organization, I guess the many Caribous fans, executive members and supporters who have denied these persistent rumours are now silenced. In a devastating blow to the Caribous organization, both Coach Pearcey and leading scorer Andrew Pearcey announced they are headed to Mount Pearl for the upcoming hockey season, leaving the team that has brought them back-to-back Herder Memorial Trophies.
Sources have indicated that differences arising after the Allan Cup in the spring. Coach Pearcey and star goalie Jason Churchill had words during the tournament, words that have contributed to this split. Differences in the dressing room between players have apparently also added to the rift that sees star player Andrew Pearcey leaving to follow his father to the AESHL.
Who will the Caribous appoint as their new head coach? Time will tell.
Hockey legend Bobby Orr will be visiting Corner Brook, NL teaming up with Chevrolet to host the Chevy Safe and Fun Hockey Festival from August 27 – 28, 2010.
The festivals are conducted for players 5-8 years of age and consist of on ice instruction, off ice sessions, team buildings activities and parent seminars. Each participant will receive a jersey, autograph items and the opportunity to hang out with Chevrolet Hockey Ambassador Bobby Orr!
You have a chance to win a spot as a participant in this Festival. All you need to do is complete the on-line form at www.chevrolethockey.ca to enter the contest. There are sixty (60) spots available to be won. Entry deadline is July 23, 2010.
Rumours abound that Juan Strickland, coach of the Corner Brook Royals has received a one-year suspension for his recent comments in The Western Star. Not only has HNL supposedly handed down a suspension but they have also removed him as the technical directory of the Corner Brook Minor Hockey Association.
Other sources are indicating that the suspension has nothing to do with the statements in The Western Star but deals with abuse of officials and conduct at the Clarenville Events Centre during their series with the Bous.
Coming from multiple sources there is obviously something happening with Juan Strickland.
If the rumours are true Juan Strickland has received on of the harshest suspensions handed down in recent hockey history here in Newfoundland and Labrador. Newfoundland Hockey Talk has to ask does the punishment fit the “crime”?
Juan Strickland should be ashamed for making those comments or even suggesting his player is receiving unfair treatment because of his skin color. In making such accusations, Strickland has crossed a line.
The outrage expressed by many Royals fans and many hockey fans in general has supposedly caused HNL to step up and deal with the issue.
And while the issue of racism is appalling and disgusting but this doesn’t seem to make sense that HNL would hand down a one-year suspension for that. While hinted at in the story, there’s no outright accusation of racism, just questions posed by Strickland wondering why there appears to be unfair treatment of his player.
The more likely scenario any suspension would have more to do with the alleged abuse of officials and conduct at the CEC. It would make more sense, especially if the HNL has stepped in and removed Strickland from his post with the Corner Brook Minor Hockey Association.
Even if this is the case, one would have to question HNL’s right to do this.
Both the HNL and Corner Brook Royals have been contacted to provide details on this supposed suspension. No response has yet been received.
Until any official comment is made, this is still all rumour and speculation.
Well, it looks like the WCSHL may be about to receive two additional teams as Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador has been asked for a ruling as to whether these teams will be allowed to play in the Western league.
There’s no secret that the players in the West are compensated for their play, some of them quite lucratively. Now the players in the AESHL want in on the action and want to come to the west, not only for the money but because the west is the league where all the action is.
Teams from the west have constantly gone looking for high calibre players, offering them positions on their rosters, paid for their travel, compensated them for their time and up untiil now, many of the eastern players stayed in the AESHL. Things are changing and this change can probably be attributed to the success of the Clarenville Caribous in the WCSHL. In fact, it is the Caribous entry into the west league that has probably made it possible for other teams to make the leap.
If the Cee Bees and Blades come into the Western league, it allows for two divisions, one that would probably include the Caribous, Cee Bees and Blades. The other would include the Cataracts, Wings and Royals. The bulk of the games would be played in your own division with some limted East vs West games througout the season. It also allows for the league to address what many fans seen as an injustice from last season’s Herder Championship where all the games were played in Mile One.
Newfoundland Hockey Talk has learned that should the Cee Bees and Blades come into the WCSHL, it will probably mean that the Herder Championship will be the league championship, with Corner Brook’s Pepsi Centre the west coast location for games and the Mile One Stadium the east coast location for the games. Playoffs would see an east and west championship, with the winners of each division playing for the Herder.
However, there appears to be some fight left in the AESHL executive. This league isn’t going away just yet and they are lobbying HNL to block the move of the Blades and the Cee Bees.
Interesting times are about to happen in provincial senior hockey.
Newfoundlander Michael Ryder and his Boston Bruins were dominated in game 2 of their series. The Bruins had run up 5 straight victories but looked helpless on the ice, unable to score.
With the loss, the momentum of the series has switched from the Bruins to Carolina with the Hurricanes heading home. Will the Bruins rebound after this loss?
The 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.