After Herder final loss, Cataracts turn their attention to the Allan Cup

John Browne
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Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars captain Matthew Thomey is one of four local players the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts have added to their roster for the 2012 Allan Cup national senior men’s hockey championship. — Telegram file photo

Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts general manager Paul Glavine likes the idea of ending the provincial senior hockey season on a positive note.

The Cataracts, just off a five-game loss to Clarenville Caribous in the Herder Memorial Trophy final, will have that chance when they  represent the Atlantic region at the 2012 Allan Cup in Lloydminster, Sask., April 16-21.

The Cats earned the right to represent the province in national competition after winning last year’s Herder championship.

The club has picked up defencemen Brad Woods from the Corner Brook Royals and Michael Dyke from the Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars along with C.B.N. forward Matthew Thomey for the Allan Cup. Glavine says the team will select an additional forward in the next few days.

The entire squad won’t get together for a full practice until it arrives in Lloydminster, which isn’t the best possible situation but one the team is used to dealing with.

In the meantime, Glavine said those players in the Grand Falls-Windsor area will get together for a couple of skates over the next week.

“It’s tough because we have a portion of the team here, in St. John’s and Halifax and a few sprinkled around Ontario.”

As difficult as that is, Glavine points out it really isn’t any different than the regular season.

“Obviously the employment and schooling opportunities are not in Grand Falls-Windsor right now, so a lot of our players who are native to the Central Newfoundland area live somewhere else. So, unfortunately, we got to practice a scattered Friday night and Saturday morning all season.

Glavine said he is “certainly happy” with the players he’s been able to add for the Allan Cup.

"We touched base with those who might be available come April and of that initial list we are certainly happy with who we were able to get,” he said.

Glavine said there’s no extra pressure on his team to win the Allan Cup, won last year by the Clarenville Caribous.

“It’s a tournament format and anything can happen,” he said. “We’re just going in with a positive attitude. We’ve talked to guys from Clarenville who were there last year and we believe the provincial representatives certainly have the ability to compete on the national level.”

Glavine said his team will use the tough Herder Cup final, which they lost in five games to the Caribous, as a bit of a motivation at the Allan Cup.

“Not very often does a team lose a championship and then get a chance to win one in the same season. It’s a unique situation and hopefully we can use that to our benefit,” he said.

The Atlantic region representative Cataracts are in a division with South East Prairie Thunder and Rosetown Red Wings from Saskatchewan. Division 2 includes host Lloydminster Border Kings as well as the representatives from Pacific and Ontario regions.

The Cats open April 17 against the Thunder and play the Red Wings the following day.

Organizations: Red Wings

Geographic location: Atlantic, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan Grand Falls-Windsor Ontario Central Newfoundland Clarenville Pacific

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Recent comments

  • Sick of the Crying
    April 05, 2012 - 09:33

    The biggest joke out of all of this is they have but perhaps three players on that team from Grand Falls Windsor. The rest are from other parts of the province. Thank goodness for Botwood and the Goulds I say. Anyways maybe they should form a senior hockey league in central. Grand Falls Windsor, Botwood, Lewisport etc. No, wait a minute, there aren't enough senior hockey players in Grand Falls Windsor to ice a team. Get real GFW!!!

  • Anonymous
    April 04, 2012 - 10:15

    It's absolutely ridiculous that the teams weren't allowed to play on home ice. No wonder the seats were virtually empty. No one is going to pay the big bucks to see beer league games, and you're not going to see a turnout in St. John's because we actually have a professional team.

    • Colin
      April 04, 2012 - 15:38

      Ummm, there kinda was a turnout....around 4,500 average for 2 games...thats enough to fill the GFW rink around 4 times over...and the funny part was the fans brought their whining with them wanting a penalty for every darn thing

  • Sr hockey fan
    April 04, 2012 - 08:21

    Does this finally mean the whining has stopped? First positive story out of grand falls since last summer. Now Paul, go on and tell your fans you knew last year in august where the herder was to be played. Before season tickets went on sale in GF. Own up to it. You owe them that. Good luck to the Cataracts in the allan cup, Our first one since 1986 last year, lets see if you can repeat.

    • Another Senior Hockey Fan but from Central
      April 04, 2012 - 08:50

      What difference is it whether Mr. Glavine knew in August where the herder was to be played? Any true fans will support their team one way or the other if they are able to afford it. I am sick to my stomach hearing about people not wanting to buy their holding seats next season, but the way that I see it is that if you truly support your team, it wouldn't matter. I feel for those people who could not afford the travel expenses to attend the Herder games and then there's a lot of seniors who attend the games all season faithfully that are on fixed incomes. I was lucky enough to be able to afford to attend a few of the herder games, but I did note that it wasn't the same feeling as it would have been on home ice. It was sad to see that those regular attendance fans were missing and I also feel for the players who had the support of their fans for the entire season until the herder games, which was evident that their fans were less visible. I salute Mr. Glavine and the Cataracts Association for fighting for us fans and their players to be able to enjoy the herder games on home ice of the two teams that were playing for it. I wish the Cataracts the best of luck in the Allan Cup series and I look forward to next season.